The Best Beef Ribs In Oven Recipe: Easy And Delicious

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Have you ever craved for a tender, juicy, fall off the bone beef rib but it’s too cold outside to grill? I know I have. Way too many times that the hubby and I eventually figured out how to make mouthwatering beef ribs in oven.

Now we can have perfectly baked beef ribs at any time of the year. It may be hard to believe because of how sinfully tasty it is but beef ribs are actually healthy.

They are rich in protein, vitamin B12, and zinc. And no, this is not just me convincing myself it’s okay to have this like 2 or 3 times a week!

Easy Oven Baked Beef Ribs

raw beef ribs on tray

Salt And Pepper Beef Ribs

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 4 seconds
Cook Time: 31 seconds
Additional Time: 30 seconds
Total Time: 1 minute 5 seconds

This is one of the fail-proof beef ribs recipes that you can make. It’s not as spicy as the BBQ Beef Ribs that we’re all familiar with, so the kids will enjoy it too! Not to mention it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.


  • 3-4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 racks beef back ribs


  1. Combine all ingredients (except beef ribs) in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Use a sharp-pointed knife and pierce the thin, papery membrane at the back of the ribs. Then use a dishcloth or paper towel for grip to completely rip it off the bone.
  3. Thickly cover the ribs with the rub mixture. Make sure not to leave bald spots. Then put it in the fridge to marinate for 4 to 12 hours.
  4. Take the ribs out of the fridge 30 minutes before baking it. Let rest at room temperature. Preheat the oven to 300° F while waiting.
  5. Place the baking pan in the middle rack and let the ribs bake for 1 ½ hour. Then baste it with the rib drippings. Put back in the oven for another 1 ½ hours or until internal temperature reaches 203° F.
  6. Rest for 30 minutes before serving and indulge!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 2154mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 14g

Beef Ribs 101

Are Beef Ribs And Short Ribs The Same?

No, beef back ribs and short ribs are not the same. So what’s the difference?

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Beef Back Ribs vs Short Ribs

One of their biggest difference is meat placement. Beef back ribs have more meat in between the bones. On the other hand, beef short ribs can have about 2” of meat on top of the bones.

beef back ribs

Beef back ribs are taken from the cow’s top dorsal area just a little behind the shoulder and are usually about 6 to 8 inches long. These are prime cut ribs and are more expensive than short ribs. They are commonly used in making BBQ Beef Ribs.

Short ribs are cut from the plate of the cow and are most pit master’s pride and joy. They are usually 12 inches long and are used by the best Texas smokehouses. They are more versatile and can be braised, roasted, or grilled.

Oven-Baked BBQ Beef Ribs: My Family Recipe

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Oven-Baked BBQ Beef Ribs: My Family Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes

Oven-Baked BBQ Beef Ribs is one of those dishes that will never miss any family event. We’ll find any and every excuse to make one. Especially since we learned that we don’t have to fire up a grill, cooking ribs in oven is a sweet treat for our Family Recipe.


  • 2 racks beef back ribs
  • Liquid smoke
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 – 2 cups barbeque sauce


  1. Prepping the beef ribs. Rinse the racks and pat dry with paper towels. Now use the sharp point of a knife to lift off the papery membrane sticking to the bones. Then use paper towels or a clean dishcloth to pull it off completely from the rack.
  2. Make it smokey! Splash liquid smoke all over the ribs. Rub it in for the flavor to stick to the meat. This is to give it a smokey taste even without grilling it.
    Making it taste like an authentic BBQ Beef Rib. Then coat it with olive oil to help the rub cling to the ribs.
  3. Make the rub. Transfer all the spices in a small bowl and mix until equally combined. Douse the rub all over the rack and pat it down with your hand.
    Like gently massaging the spices into the ribs.
  4. Let it chill. Put the racks in a foil-lined baking pan and leave it in the fridge for 4 to 12 hours for the best results. Take the racks out to let it rest at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.
  5. Prep the ribs for baking. While preheating the oven to 250° F, cover the rib with another foil, sealing it with the bottom foil to make a pouch. This is to ensure that steam won’t escape while the rib is baking.
  6. Let it bake. Place the baking pan in the center rack and leave it to bake for 3 ½ hours. I prefer to bake the ribs low and slow to keep them juicy. This is what makes them fall off the bone tender too.
    Check the rib after 3 ½ hours if the internal temperature reaches 203° F or if it’s already fork-tender.
  7. Make it sticky! This is where I brush the ribs with my homemade sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. Not too much that it overpowers the flavor of the rub, but just enough to make it sticky.
    I then put it back in the oven uncovered to broil on low for about 5 to 10 minutes. If you don’t have a broiler, just put it back in the oven for another 20 to 30 minutes.
  8. Indulge! Let it rest for about 30 minutes and serve with your favorite side dish.


  • If you don’t have liquid smoke at home or having trouble finding one, you can skip it and rub it with just olive oil instead. You can also use kosher salt or sea salt if you don’t have smoked salt.
  • If you have kids and don’t want to make it too spicy, you can also cut back on black pepper, Cajun, and paprika.
  • You can get your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce or make your own.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 571Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 2835mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 4gSugar: 53gProtein: 16g

Easy Barbecue Sauce

bbq sauce

Sweet And Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Yield: 1-2 bottles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

When making oven baked BBQ beef ribs, I like making my own sweet and spicy barbeque sauce. It’s smokey and tangy that perfectly compliments the ribs.


  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¼ bottle ketchup (I personally prefer Heinz)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Place a large saucepan in medium-high heat. Sauté sweet onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Then stir in ketchup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, honey, and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Once it’s well combined, add the remaining ingredients and whisk again.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes or until you reach your desired consistency. Stir occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.
  4. Cool for 10 to 15 to 20 minutes before transferring to an airtight container. This sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 253mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 0g

Dry Rub For Beef Ribs In Oven

dry rub for beef ribs

Dry Rub For Beef Ribs In Oven

Yield: 2 beef racks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

When making a dry rub for my BBQ beef ribs, I like to go hard. I make a combination of smokey, spicy, and a little sweet. This way both kids and adults get to enjoy it!


  • 1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar


  1. All I do is combine all these spices in a small mixing bowl and whisk it until they are fully incorporated.
  2. Sometimes I make it in two batches and store the other half in an airtight container for future use. I also use this rub for baby back ribs or grilled chicken. 😉
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2695mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

What Kind Of Beef Ribs To Buy?

It depends on your budget and who you’re serving it to. As I mentioned, prime cut beef back ribs are more expensive than short ribs. But I find that it is THE best for this recipe.

All the flavor sink into the meat and kids find it fun to gnaw the meat from the bones!

However, if you want a more affordable option, go with short ribs. It’s just as flavorful and has more meat in it. Also, if you have elderly visitors, it’s easier for them to eat this than beef back ribs.

How To Cook The Best Oven Baked Beef Ribs: My Tips

  • If you have the time, make the rub and BBQ sauce from scratch. It tastes much better and you can control the sweetness or spiciness of it.
  • Make little cuts on the meat of the rib. This allows the spices and sauce to sink deep into the rib.
  • Always go with a low and slow baking option if you have the time. This makes for more tender and juicy beef ribs.

What Side Dish Goes With Oven Baked Beef Ribs

Mom tip: Always serve your oven baked ribs with a side dish. Especially if you have kids.

The side dish contrasts the spiciness of the rib, helping the little ones enjoy it better! This also makes for a healthier, more filling meal.

mac and cheese on pan

Potato Salad – One of the easiest ones to make, is a good old potato salad. Peel and boil a bunch of halved Yukon potatoes. Then mix mayo, mustard, green onions, a dash of apple cider vinegar, and chopped hard-boiled eggs.

Pour the mixture into the drained potatoes and you have yourself a tasty side dish!

Baked Beans – Another quick recipe is baked beans. Fry up some bacon and onions, add molasses, brown sugar, mustard, and 2 to 4 cans of pork and beans.

Transfer to a baking pan and you can put it in the oven with the Ribs for 45 minutes to an hour. Hitting two birds with one stone, aren’t we?

Mac & Cheese – THIS IS THE ULTIMATE COMBINATION. Just imagine it, sticky oven baked beef ribs and creamy mac and cheese all in one plate. Excuse me while I drool over here. Simmer milk in a large pot then add the elbow macaroni.

Once it’s al dente, add butter, sharp cheddar, and salt and pepper to taste. Fold together until the cheese and butter melts. Just in case you didn’t notice, this is all made in ONE POT!

Can I Finish My Ribs In The Oven?

Yes! If you’re smoking the beef ribs, you can still finish it in the oven. This would help make it more tender and lock in the flavor.

Simply preheat your oven to 250° F on the last 20 to 30 minutes of smoking the ribs. Then transfer the ribs to a foil-lined baking pan and cover it with another foil on top to seal the steam. Leave it in the oven for another 2 hours.

Baste it with your preferred BBQ sauce in the last 20 minutes and put back in the oven uncovered.

What Temp Should Beef Ribs Be Cooked At?

The best temperature to cook ribs is anywhere from 250° to 300° F. This way the ribs cook low and slow, making it more tender and keeping it juicy at the same time.

How Long Does It Take A Rib To Cook In The Oven?

Cooking Beef Ribs In Oven At 275° F:

When baking beef ribs at 275° F, leave it in the oven for 3 ½ hours. Remove the foil cover in the last 30 minutes and take out the excess drippings. This is also the best time to brush it with BBQ sauce.

Cooking Beef Ribs In Oven At 300° F:

To bake beef ribs at 300° F, let it cook for 2 to 3 hours. Then take the cover off on the last 30 minutes and brush with BBQ sauce to give it a tangy, sticky glaze.

How Long To Cook Short Ribs In Oven At 350° F:

To make oven-baked short ribs, put it in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Then brush it with BBQ sauce and put it back for another 15 minutes.

How Long To Cook Beef Ribs In Oven At 375° F:

Quite the same if you’re making oven-baked beef back ribs in the oven, leave it to bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Don’t forget to brush it with your favorite BBQ sauce before taking it out of the oven.

How Long To Cook Beef Ribs In Oven At 450° F:

This is a good alternative if you don’t have a broiler, bake it at 450° F for 20 minutes then reduce it to 350° F for another 1 to 1 ½ hours. This is to keep it from drying which can occur when you cook the meat too fast on high heat.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as I did! Looking forward to hearing about your own Oven Baked BBQ Beef Ribs stories – just leave them in the comments below. Much love, ciao! ♥

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