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Sweet + Smoky Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

Get tender fall off the bone pork baby back ribs with our easy oven baked method. Plus get a star recipe for easy rib rub that is delish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baby back ribs
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Pre Cooking Fridge Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 4
Calories 865kcal
Author Buy This Cook That


  • 4 pounds baby back ribs two racks, trimmed and silver skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke seasoning
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce more or less to taste


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees. 
  • Remove the baby back ribs from their packaging. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Turn the ribs bone side up and trim and remove the silver skin membrane from the ribs. (See post for picture and detailed instructions.)
    Place ribs on large pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil, large enough to wrap the ribs later.
  • Sprinkle both sides sparingly with the liquid smoke seasoning.
  • Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, mustard, allspice, cumin and cayenne in a bowl. Generously coat both sides of the ribs with the spice rub.
  • Turn the ribs MEAT side down, then tightly wrap the ribs with the foil. Place the wrapped ribs on a large rimmed baking sheet. 
  • Bake on 275 degrees for about two and a half hours. Remove from the oven and let rest 15 minutes.
  • Carefully peel back the foil. Brush with sauce as desired and broil for a few minutes until the sauce is sticky and bubbly. Watch carefully and do not burn.
  • Serve hot with additional sauce if desired.


Serving: 1Half Rack | Calories: 865kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 2622mg | Potassium: 1024mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 3145IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 4.3mg