This is hands down the best (and easiest) way to make fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs right in your oven. After making a simple dry rub, steam your ribs in a roasting pan for delicious, fall-off-the bone, juicy ribs in only 2 hours.
All you need is an oven
I share a lot of Asian-inspired recipes, but this one is straight from the USA. We don’t have a grill in Singapore and we love BBQ ribs. This recipe is seriously the BEST (and easiest) way to make fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs. Over the years, I’ve tried everything from boiling (which I don’t recommend) to the sous vide method. I’m a huge fan of using a sous vide for perfectly cooking meat, but this oven-baked BBQ rib recipe is even better. You start by making a very simple dry rub and then steam the ribs in the oven.
Five simple steps:
- Make dry rub spice mixture
- Put ribs into a roasting pan and press in the dry rub
- Pour 1 can of beer (or water) AROUND the ribs, keeping spice rub dry
- Seal pan tightly with foil
- Bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees
Seriously – that’s it! I’ve played around with cooking time and temperature and there is some flexibility. Ideally, you should cook the ribs in the oven for 2 hours at 350 degrees. If you are short on time, you can get similar results in 1.5 hours at 400 degrees. The beer really adds a nice flavor (and any alcohol evaporates) but you can use water or stock instead.
Be careful when removing the foil since there will be a lot of hot steam underneath. I use a hot pad and lift a small corner to let some of the steam escape before pulling it all off for the final reveal. The meat will literally fall off the bone, so you can simply cut up the ribs and you are good to go. At this point you have a lot of delicious options:
- If you like BBQ sauce, but not messy fingers, serve sauce on the side.
- Baste the ribs with BBQ sauce and toss back in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Finish them off on the grill (5 minutes only) for a smokey BBQ flavor.
I’ve shared this recipe over the years with both family and friends and everyone has been converted! The only other method that I think rivals the flavor and fall-off-the-bone BBQ rib tenderness is using The Green Egg. I still found this recipe makes juicier ribs!
Easy Fall-0ff-The-Bone BBQ Ribs
Hands down the best (and easiest) way to make BBQ baby back pork ribs right in your oven. Make a simple dry rub and steam your ribs in a roasting pan with beer for delicious, fall-off-the bone, juicy ribs in 2 hours.
- 1 tablespoon Mexican-style chili powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 12 ounces beer or water
- 4 pounds baby back pork ribs
- BBQ Sauce if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together all dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Place baby back pork ribs in a large roasting pan and rub spice mixture all over ribs (about ⅔ on top and ⅓ on bottom).
Carefully pour beer around the ribs so you don’t get the dry rub wet. The beer should cover the bottom of the pan, up to about ¼- ½ inch.
Using aluminum foil, tightly cover and seal the pan. If your roasting pan has a cover, you should still use foil to make sure no air escapes.
Bake ribs for 2 hours at 350 degrees, or 1 hour and 30 minutes at 400 degrees if you have less time.
Transfer to a platter and serve with a side of BBQ sauce, or baste the racks with BBQ sauce before serving. You can also finish the cooked ribs on a grill for 5 minutes if you want that smokey BBQ flavor.