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Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

Cooking these oven-roasted baby back ribs, low and slow, with a minimum of ingredients ensures great meaty flavor and quality tenderness.

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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 the bones of these delicious baby back pork ribs with the best of them.

Watch just how easy these baby back are to make;

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The ingredient list;

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What makes this 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.

What is the silver-skin and does it have to be removed?

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

It’s a very thin layer of 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 the eating process 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 silver skin?

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. See the step-by-step photos below for more information.

How long will it take to roast these baby back ribs 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.

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How to make easy oven-roasted baby back ribs;

  • 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!
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  • 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?
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  • 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!
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Cooking these baby back ribs, low and slow, with a minimum of ingredients ensures excellent meaty flavor and quality tenderness. Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs for the WIN! -

The delicious results;

Once you smell these easy baby back ribs cooking 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. 😉

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs.

4.67 from 15 votes
closeup photo of baby back ribs on a wooden cutting board with bbq sauce and a cleaver
Mouth Watering Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
Cooking these baby back ribs, low and slow, with a minimum of ingredients ensures great meaty flavor and quality tenderness. Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs for the WIN!
Course: BBQ, Easy Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook baby back ribs, oven roasted baby back ribs
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 443 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 2 slabs baby back ribs silver skin removed (or scored through between the bones)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper divided
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder divided
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 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 paste 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 sheets, paper towels, paring knife, basting brush, measuring spoons, aluminum foil

Nutrition Facts
Mouth Watering Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 1026mg45%
Potassium 640mg18%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1355IU27%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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.

  15. 5 stars
    Oh I can just imagine the flavor!

  16. Tayler Ross

    5 stars
    My family has been requesting ribs, so I will definitely be making these soon!

  17. 5 stars
    Hah! I totally agree with you about eating ribs in public. At home, I gnaw them raw. 🙂

    I’ve always left the rib making to my husband, but after reading this, I may make some on my own and surprise him!

  18. Hi we are having company tonight and I am using your rib recipe. My only concern is that 300 degrees for almost 5 hours seems like too high a temperature for slow and low. Would it work at 250?

    • Hello, Pauline!
      Glad you’re making these ribs. You’ll love them.
      You can lower the oven temperature to 250 if you’d like and then check the ribs after the 5 hours to see if they’re cooked through.
      I’ve always done them on 300, but if you think 250 is a better option the only thing I can suggest is that you try it.
      If you’re worried that the ribs will be dry after 5 hours on 300, you needn’t be.
      The apple cider vinegar “marinade” keeps the ribs moist and unbelievably tender.
      I’d love to hear how this recipe works for you. Please let me know what you decided to do, and if you love them as much as we do.
      Thanks for your question.
      Enjoy the ribs.

  19. Nellie Tracy

    5 stars
    These are so tasty! My family absolutely loves them!

  20. 5 stars
    Made this for my family and it was a hit! So good!

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