Foolproof oven baked ribs

I can’t recall the first time I had ribs. 

But I remember NOT liking them.

I’m not much of a “meat off the bone” kind of girl, so gnawing on chicken wings, T-bone steak and ribs just isn’t my thing.

But then, these delicious, tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs came into my life. 

And I was forever changed. 

Ribs, I love you.

These ribs are totally fool-proof, can be whipped up on a slow-paced Sunday afternoon, and are definitely a crowd-pleasing dish. You can serve the alongside a dollop of potato salad, or remove from the bone and serve over a bowl of creamy polenta. Mmmmmmmmm……..



Foolproof ribs
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr 30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr 30 min
  1. 1 rack of pork baby back ribs
  2. 3 tbsps. coconut sugar
  3. 1 tbsp. sea salt
  4. 1 tsp. black pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp. red pepper flake (optional if you don't like heat)
  6. 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  7. 1/2 tbsp. onion powder
  8. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
  10. 1tbsp. liquid smoke
  11. **Optional- your favorite bbq sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 250(F).
Dry rub
  1. Combine all of the seasonings together with the liquid smoke and sugar. Mix with a fork until well combined. Set aside.
Prep the ribs
  1. On the back of the ribs there is a thin membrane to remove before cooking. I usually run a sharp knife down the enter length of the back of the ribs, then use a spoon to tuck under the white membrane and peel off. I usually use a knife to pry up a corner of the membrane, then I just pull it down the entire length of the ribs. It's ok if it tears, just find a new spot and repeat the spoon method again until it's all removed.
  2. When the membrane is removed, rinse the ribs and pat dry.
  3. Massage the dry rub on the front and back of the ribs. Wrap loosely but completely in foil, place on a sheet tray and bake at 250 for 3 hours. No peeking!
  4. At 3 hours, unwrap the ribs and turn up the oven to 350. Bake uncovered for an additional 20 minutes. **If you like your ribs saucy, this would be the time to baste your ribs with your favorite bbq sauce.
  5. Finish outside on the grill to ensure a crispy exterior, or broil an additional 5 minutes on high heat watching carefully not to burn!
Enjoy! sig

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