How to Make The Best Baby Back Ribs at Home

Baby Back Ribs

Making juicy, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs shouldn’t be only for the pit or grill masters out there. You can make this barbecue staple even in your very own oven at home, especially if you get the craving for having ribs for dinner or when you want a taste of summer any time of the year.

The Recipe

This recipe works both with literally any time of dry rub or barbecue sauce. If you have your own favorite dry rub or barbecue sauce, you can still use this slow and low method of baking. Always remember, this technique is always the best method for oven baked ribs.


Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 2 hours 50 minutes

Ready in 3 hours 20 minutes

Serves 4



1/2 cup ancho chile powder

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup salt

2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper

1 rack baby back pork ribs


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. For the rub: Mix ancho chile powder, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, cumin, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, and chipotle pepper in a small bowl until combined.
  3. Place ribs meat-side down on aluminum foil. Prick back of rib rack several times with a fork or knife.
  4. Generously apply a coating of dry rub to all sides of rib rack.
  5. With rib rack meat-side down, fold foil around it to create a tight seal. Transfer to a sheet pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until tender and cooked through about 2 hours. Remove and cool 15 minutes.
  7. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  8. Open foil, drain and discard any accumulated juices and fat. Brush barbeque sauce on all sides of the rack.
  9. Place rack meat-side up and return to oven, leaving foil open. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and brush another layer of barbeque sauce on meat-side only. Repeat baking and brushing with sauce 4 more times, for a total of 50 minutes baking time.
  10. Cut rack into individual rib segments and serve with more barbeque sauce.

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