Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs

Mouth Watering Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

Cooking these baby back ribs, low and slow, with a minimum of ingredients insures great meaty flavor and quality tenderness. Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs for the WIN!

Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

As much as I enjoy eating baby back ribs, I never order them in restaurants. Ever. I just can’t seem to bring out my cannibal cave-woman side in public. At home, however, all bets are off, and you can find me gnawing on bones with the best of them.

Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

Whenever I see baby back ribs for sale in the market, I make sure to buy a few slabs to keep on hand in the freezer for when our desire for sweet and smoky pork ribs, hits. What makes this recipe so special is that it takes only a small handful of ingredients, and doesn’t require a store bought sauce BBQ sauce that has tons of sugar, and preservatives.

Now if that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will!!

Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

The key to keeping these ribs moist and tangy is by liberally brushing them with apple cider vinegar before roasting. Allowing the ribs to sit approximately 30 before roasting allows the vinegar to permeate the meat making it tender and tasty. Once the ribs have had a chance to sit with the vinegar, it’s time to season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder before sliding them into a low, 300-degree oven to roast for 2½ hours. After the initial roast, sprinkle the ribs generously with smoked paprika and return them to the oven to cook for an additional 1½ hours. Just wait until you smell these cooking. You’ll go crazy! But hold on because they get even better!

Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

When I tell you how easy the BBQ sauce is to make, you’re going to fall off your chair. Upon removing the ribs from their second roasting in the oven, spread them liberally with tomato paste (yep, you read that right), and sprinkle them lightly with brown sugar. That’s it!! Crazy, right?

Return the ribs back into the oven for 40 minutes at 300 degrees, and then increase the oven temperature to 425 and cook for an additional 15 minutes which will caramelize the brown sugar just the right amount, making the ribs sticky, and messy. Just the way baby back ribs are supposed to be!

How to make baby back ribs.

How to make baby back pork ribs.

Making slow roasted baby back ribs.

Slow Roasted Baby Back Pork Rib Recipe

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Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs
Mouth Watering Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
Course: BBQ
Cuisine: American
Author: Renée - Kudos Kitchen
  • 2 slabs of pork baby back ribs silver skin removed (or scored through between the bones)
  • apple cider vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 - 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 - 5 tablespoon brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Prepare the ribs by removing the silver skin or scoring it between the bones on the underside of the ribs.
  3. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and liberally brush the apple cider vinegar over both sides of the ribs.
  4. Allow the ribs to sit for at least 30 minutes with the vinegar.
  5. Season the ribs with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  6. Roast the ribs, meat side up, in the oven for 2½ hours.
  7. Remove the ribs from the oven and sprinkle with the smoked paprika.
  8. Return the ribs to the oven for 60 minutes.
  9. Remove the ribs from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  10. Slather the tops of the ribs with the tomato taste and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  11. Return the ribs to the oven and roast for an additional 40 minutes.
  12. Serve and enjoy!!
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

Baking sheet
paper towels
paring knife
basting brush

Once you smell these Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs roasting in the oven, you’re going to think you’ve died and gone to hog heaven. So you’d better be careful or you’ll make a complete pig out of yourself.

Delicious Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

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  1. Thanks Renee for the nice recipe.

  2. Haha – love the cannibal cave-woman comment! I feel the same way about corn on the cob, too – just not something that’s meant for public viewing! My dad loves ribs (and somehow manages to eat them gracefully in public!), and he would just adore me for making these for him! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. I prefer eating ribs at home, as well! That way I don’t totally embarrass myself with the mess I make. Can’t wait to give these a whirl!

  4. I don’t remember the last time I made ribs at home. I’m saving this recipe because Thomas (and my mom) love ribs and I can’t believe that I haven’t made them for them in forever!I wish that we still had our deep freezer so that I could buy them up and store them! They look perfect!

  5. My middle son was just asking me to make ribs! Your timing is perfect!

  6. I’m happy to show my cave woman anywhere…especially if these were around. Love the Apple cider vinegar tip, very cool – I will definitely try that next time.

  7. Love Ribs don’t eat them out alot. Great recipe!!

  8. Ribs are such great comfort food! And real women eat meat!

  9. These look so juicy and tender. My husband would love to get his hands of these. Maybe I can make some soon. I will keep your recipe in mind because it looks great!

  10. I never order them in restaurants either but we make them at home a lot in the summer time. Can’t wait to try your recipe! They look so good!

  11. I never eat ribs in restaurants but at home – all bets are off. These ribs would be perfect for game day and I can’t get over the simplicity of the sauce – perfection!

  12. Holy moly! These ribs looks beyond delicious. I wish I had a few right now for a midnight snack.

  13. I could eat an entire rack of these ribs right about now !

  14. I flipping love ribs. These look absolutely amazing. I could eat these all the live long day. Nothing beats slow roasted ribs.