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Easy Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

No fuss BBQ ribs cooked in your favorite BBQ sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Resting time 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


  • Rimmed baking sheet -OR- glass baking dish
  • Silicone pastry brush
  • Small sauce pan


  • 1 rack St. Louis pork ribs
  • 4 tbsp dry rub I like sweet hickory or anything maple
  • cups BBQ sauce I used Lillie's Carolina Barbeque Sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 250°.
  • Pat your rack of ribs dry with paper towels then season generously with the dry rub of your choice, salt and pepper.
  • Using a sharp knife poke holes all across the skin side of the rack of ribs.
  • Wrap the rack of ribs tightly in foil and set them on a rimmed baking sheet or a glass baking dish. This will catch any juices that run out of the foil pack to reserve for the BBQ glaze.
  • Bake at 250° for 2.5-3 hours.
  • Remove the rack of ribs and carefully remove them from the foil making sure to reserve the cooking liquid from the foil and the pan.
  • Turn the oven temperature up to 350°.
  • Pour the cooking liquid into a small sauce pan and place the rack of ribs back on the sheet pan or glass baking dish.
  • Brush both sides of the rack of ribs with 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (reserving the remaining ½ cup for the glaze).
  • Return the ribs to the oven uncovered, meat side up, for 45-55 minutes.
  • Let ribs rest 15-20 minutes before cutting. While you wait make the BBQ Glaze.

BBQ Glaze

  • Combine the reserved cooking liquid from the ribs and ½ a cup of your favorite BBQ sauce in a small sauce pan. Simmer for 20 minutes to reduce by half. Pour over individual ribs once plated.


If you do not have a pastry brush, use the back of a spoon or a spatula to coat the BBQ sauce on the rack of ribs.
If you are using baby back ribs you will need to adjust the cook time to 2 hours at 250° followed by brushing the ribs with the BBQ sauce and going back in the oven for 45 minutes at 350°.
Keyword BBQ, easy entertaining, Picnic food, Ribs, Spring BBQ