Meal Ideas

Oven Baby Back Ribs

A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law posted some really good-looking baby back ribs that she prepared in her instant pot. Well, I don’t have an instant pot…so I had to cook mine in the oven. I didn’t get to try hers, but I did use her meal as inspiration.

I used one rack of Baby Back Pork Ribs (almost 3lbs), cut it into the separate bones, and marinated them in the refrigerator before baking them in the oven.

Although this recipe is relatively easy, the ribs will take at least four hours to marinate and two hours to bake.  I recommend preparing this on the weekend unless you, too, have that kind of time during the week.

Here’s what you’ll need for the recipe.

  • 1 rack of ribs (about 3lbs)
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of each:
    • ground cumin
    • chili powder
    • ground black pepper
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of each:
    • paprika
    • fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons of each:
    • dried parsley flakes
    • dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce

Mix everything except the soy sauce into a bowl to form a dry rub.  Thoroughly season the ribs with the rub, then add the soy sauce and massage into the meat.

After marinating for four hours (or longer if you have the time), bake the ribs in a foil-covered dish at 350 degrees for 1 hour 40 minutes.  Remove the foil and raise the temperature to 400 degrees for the last 20 minutes.


After two hours, the ribs should be tender enough to easily remove the meat from the bone. I removed the dish from the oven, basted it in its drippings, re-covered with the foil and set aside until time to serve.


I served these ribs with baked potatoes and a salad.  This is the kind of dish where the meat should be the star!


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