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Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

Cooking these slow-roasted baby back ribs in the oven, or on the outdoor BBQ, you can achieve maximum flavor with minimum ingredients that will ensure great meaty flavor, and quality tenderness.

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As much as I enjoy eating pork 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 the bones of these delicious oven barbeque ribs with the best of them.

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The ingredient list:

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What makes this pork rib recipe special?

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.

How long will it take to oven roast these baby back ribs in the oven from start to finish?

With 30 minutes of marinating time (with the vinegar) and 4½ hours of slow roasting oven time, this recipe will take 5 hours from start to dinner.

Please plan accordingly.

How to cook easy baby back pork ribs in the oven:

  • Use a paper towel and paring knife to remove as much of the silver skin from the back of the ribs as possible.
  • 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 Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs cooking. You’ll go crazy! But hold on because they get even better!
  • 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 20 minutes at 375 degrees, 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!
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How to make Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs photo tutorial. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
How to make Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs photo tutorial. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

What is the silverskin on ribs and does it need to be removed?

The silverskin is found on the backside of the baby back ribs, and other various large cuts of meat.

It’s a very thin layer of a see-through membrane which, if left on the ribs can make them tough and chewy because it will not breakdown (or melt) during the cooking process.

Eating the silverskin is not harmful in any way, however, it will only make noshing on these delicious ribs a little less enjoyable!

By removing the silverskin, the marinade and flavorings will better infuse the meat without the thin membrane impeding the process.

What is the easiest way to remove the silverskin?

I find it best to carefully pierce or slice a tiny hold through the thin whiteish membrane and then use a paper towel (because it can be slippery to remove) to peel the membrane from the back of the ribs and discard.

How do I cook these baby back pork ribs on the grill?

It may take a little longer on the grill because the temperature is usually a little less precise, but plan for approximately the same amount of cooking time as with the indoor oven.

  • Once the apple cider vinegar has been allowed to sit on the ribs for 30 minutes, season them with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  • Take the ribs out to a preheated grill and place them on an oiled rack over medium heat, bone side down.
  • Cover the grill and allow the ribs to cook (checking on them after 60 minutes or so).
  • Flip the ribs, meat side down, after 90 minutes.
  • Cover the grill again and continue cooking the ribs for an additional 30 minutes, checking occasionally for flair-ups.
  • Remove the ribs from the grill, place them on a baking sheet covered with foil, and close the grill cover (to keep the heat inside).
  • Return the ribs to the grill (baking sheet and all), and cook for an additional 90 minutes, or until the ribs reach an internal temperature of 190-degrees, and the meat has shrunk considerably away from the bones.
  • Spread the top of the ribs evenly with the tomato paste, and brown sugar.
  • Place the ribs back on the grill and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Allow the ribs to rest, covered, for 10-15 minutes before serving.

How to turn your outdoor grill into an outdoor oven:

  • Cover one or two bricks with foil.
  • When you’re ready to cook, place the food onto a baking sheet or in a baking dish on top of the bricks.
  • By doing so, you’ll be cooking with indirect heat, turning the outside grill into an outside oven.
  • I also like to cover the outside of the baking sheet or cooking vessel with foil to avoid scorching of the pan.
  • Continue cooking as you would in an inside oven.
  • You can even bake outside with this method and keep the heat out of the kitchen in the hot summer months.

How to turn an outdoor grill into an outdoor smoker:

  • On a large sheet of foil, add approximately 1½ cups of dry wood chips (your favorite variety), and 3/4’s cup wood chips that have been soaked in water (or juice for extra flavor) for at least 30 minutes, and drained.
  • Wrap the wood chips in the foil to make a package and then use a large meat fork to poke holes into the foil package. The more holes, the more smoke.
  • Depending on what you’re cooking and for how long, you may need to replace the wood chip smoker packet every 90-120 minutes, or as needed.
  • When opening and closing the grill cover, do so quickly as to keep as much smoke inside as possible.
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What is the proper internal temperature for baby back ribs?

145-degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.

The delicious results:

Once you smell these ribs cooking, 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 (pork rib humor) out of yourself. 😉

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Garlic Lovers Pork Chops have a mildly sweet and fragrant garlic flavor that doesn’t overpower or overwhelm the taste buds. Trust me when I tell you that they will be some of the best pork chops you’ve ever eaten!”

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  • Easy BBQ Baby Back Ribs (pictured below) This is the place!!
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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy pork rib recipe.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

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Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs (Oven and Grill Method)

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Cooking these slow-roasted baby back ribs with a minimum of ingredients ensures great meaty flavor and quality tenderness.
4.62 from 36 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 15 mins
marinating time 30 mins
Total Time 5 hrs
Course pork ribs
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 475 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 slabs baby back ribs silver skin removed (OR scored through between the bones)
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300-degrees.
  • Prepare the ribs by removing the silver skin or scoring it between the bones on the underside of the ribs.
  • Place the ribs on a baking sheet and liberally brush the apple cider vinegar over both sides of the ribs.
  • Allow the ribs to sit for at least 30 minutes with the vinegar.
  • Season the ribs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Place the ribs to the oven to cook for 2½ hours at 300 degrees.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven and sprinkle with the smoked paprika.
  • Return the ribs to the oven and roast for an additional 1½ hours.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  • Slather the tops of the ribs with the tomato paste and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Return the ribs to the oven and roast for an additional 20 minutes, or until the ribs reach an internal temperature of 190-degrees on a meat thermometer and the brown sugar is caramelized and sticky.

Allow the ribs to sit covered for 10-15 minutes before serving.

  • Serve and enjoy!!

Video

Notes

To prepare these baby back ribs on the outdoor BBQ, preheat the grill to medium heat.
  • Once the ribs have had a chance to sit for 30 minutes with the apple cider vinegar, season them on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  • Place the ribs on an oiled grill rack, bone side down, and cover.
  • Cook for 60 minutes, checking on them occasionally for flair-ups.
  • Flip the ribs to meaty side down and cook an additional 40-50 minutes, covered, but check occasionally for flair-ups.
*Note – If flair-ups occur, reconfigure the ribs slightly so they’re not directly over the open flames, and have a squirt bottle filled with water at the ready.
  • Remove the ribs from the grill (making sure to keep the lid closed after the ribs have been removed to retain the heat), and place the ribs on a baking sheet that has been lined with foil to cover (top and bottom).
  • Spread the meaty side of the ribs evenly with the tomato paste and brown sugar.
*Note – placing two bricks on the grill grates at this point is a great way to turn the outdoor grill into an outdoor oven. By placing the baking sheet on top of the bricks it is a great way to turn your outdoor grill into an outdoor oven. (optional)
  • Return the ribs to the grill (baking sheet included) and continue to cook for an additional 40-50 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145-degrees on an instant-read meat thermometer, or when the meat has noticeably pulled away from the bones, and the ribs are deeply caramelized.
  • Remove the ribs from the grill, cover with foil, and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Tools and equipment needed:
Baking sheets, paper towels, paring knife, basting brush, measuring spoons, aluminum foil

Nutrition

Serving: 6ribsCalories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 37gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 1029mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9g
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Recipe Rating




Barbara Morando

Sunday 9th of May 2021

Hi! The ribs turned out beautifully from my oven! Thank you for the recipe!!

Danielle

Monday 10th of May 2021

@Renée, Can you substitute a different vinegar?

Renée

Sunday 9th of May 2021

My pleasure. Thanks for letting me know, Barbara! Take good care, Renee

Erin

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

I’m not coming here to be mean, just help someone looking at this in the future.

I made this recipe today, and set aside time so I would not neglect the cooking time. I was skeptical at the instruction to cook at 300 degrees for the bulk of the cook and then even higher at the end, especially for so long. I cook a lot and it seemed strange to me.

I still followed the recipe out of trust and, before so did the last roast at the higher temp, checked my temperature. It was already reaching 200 degrees or more and wasn’t even supposed to be done yet.

I let them rest and cut them up and they were chewy and really not great. I’m just disappointed.

Renée

Friday 23rd of April 2021

Hi, Erin. I appreciate your kindness, but I'm very sorry you were disappointed in this recipe. I've made these ribs more than a dozen times and they've always come out great. That said, I'm sad that you didn't have a good experience. I'll look over my recipe and make changes to it if I feel it's necessary. Thank you for your feedback. I want everyone to be successful when cooking my recipes. Take good care, Renee

Melissa schmitt

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

My husband always parboil ribs then we add a run the cook on the bbq. We are gourmet cooks. We tried this recipe on a snowy day. Followed it to a t. Ribs were hard as a rock ! We three them away! Awful! We have a brand new Bosch convection oven so it wasn’t the oven

Renée

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

This recipe was not written using a convection oven, and nowhere in the recipe does it claim to be written for one. IF you and your husband are gourmet cooks as you claim to be, then you’d know that convection ovens cook faster and hotter than regular ovens and you would have made the necessary adjustments per your knowledge of cooking. No, your oven is fine but you need to understand how to use it before you claim my recipe is awful! Have a wonderful night ☺️

Erin

Monday 14th of September 2020

I’m so confused about where I went wrong with these. I followed the recipe to a *t* and they came out awful, burnt to a crisp, and dry. Did anyone else have this issue? These were awful. I wouldn’t feed them to my dog.

Renée

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Hey, Erin! I'm not sure what you did wrong either, but obviously something did. I'm gonna bet you had the heat up too high to begin with, either that or your oven is badly calibrated. In answer to your question, I've never had anyone else complain about this problem. Sorry that happened to you. Take good care, Renee

Sue

Monday 7th of September 2020

Your directions in the written section don't match your directions on the recipe card. One says to add the paprika with the other seasonings and the other says to roast first then take it out after some time and then sprinkle with the paprika followed by more roasting time. Then the written part in the top of your blog says the initial roast is 2.5 hours. On the "recipe card" it's 3.5 hours. Can you please clarify? Thank you!

Renée

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Hi, Sue! You are 100% correct, and I am sorry. I've gone in and fixed the recipe. Although the two directions were at odds with each other, they both would have worked without a problem. To that note, I can understand why it would be confusing and I apologize again. Add the smoked paprika after the first roast and return the ribs to the oven again before adding the tomato paste and brown sugar. The first roast is 2½ hours, and after the addition of the smoked paprika roast again for another 1½ hours. Once the tomato paste and brown sugar have been added, slide the ribs back into the oven, this time at an increased heat, and roast for an additional 30-40 minutes. Thank you for bringing this error to my attention. I do hope you'll enjoy this recipe. I make them all the time. We just love them! Take good care, Renee