Now This Is How You Make Ribs in the Oven

To directly misquote Homer Simpson, “Mmm, ribs.” There’s something that’s just so innately simple and delightfully indulgent about sitting down to a plate full of moist, barbecued ribs. It’s an act that we just know old Homey would enjoy almost as much as he enjoys drinking Duff. Eating ribs is a great way to confirm that yes, indeed, you are alive; great BBQ is positively life-affirming.

That being said, having someone make ribs for you is fine. Making your own ribs, however, is something truly spiritual. This is especially true if they taste as good as the ones proffered by the following recipes. We don’t want you to get any crazy ideas regarding how to make your ribs, though. No, these ribs are easily made in the oven, and they’re even touted as “The Easiest Ribs You’ll Ever Make.” When you see the pictures, you’ll get it. Mmm, ribs.

1. The Easiest Ribs Ever

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Alexandra Cooks

These baby back ribs have five ingredients that results in a brown sugar dry rub. When it comes to oven baked ribs, it’s true that these are exceptionally easy. Wrapping the pork ribs in aluminum foil allows them to stay moist without the help of barbecue sauce, though you should certainly slather some on afterwards.

Who needs a smoker when you have a baking sheet? Find the recipe here.

2. Easy, Fall-Off-The-Bone Baked Ribs

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Inspired Taste

Spare ribs were never easier than this recipe featuring a full tutorial. The total time for this recipe is about 4 hours and 15 minutes, but you’re only prepping for 15 before you slide them into the oven for the 4-hour cook time. When it comes to country style ribs, this rib recipe is spot-on.

Make sure to use a rimmed baking sheet to avoid any messes in the oven you’ll inevitably clean up later. Find the recipe here.

3. Honey-BBQ Oven-Baked Ribs

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My Fearless Kitchen

These easy oven baked ribs use the same cooking method as the other two recipes here, but in this case, the rib rack is smothered in a honey, BBQ sauce, paprika, and brown sugar blend.

Slow cooking the ribs in the oven, you’re breaking down the fats, rendering them soft and tender instead of the chewier texture you can get from overcooking them on high heat. Find the recipe here.

4. Dr Pepper Ribs

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Crafty Cooking Mama

The color of these fall off the bone tender ribs highlights the use of Dr Pepper as it gives the best ribs a slightly red tint. Who needs a spice rub when you can use a Dr Pepper glaze?

By building the glaze and coating the ribs on the stovetop before adding them to the oven, this ribs recipe relies on the two-step process to create supple, sticky BBQ ribs that are best enjoyed immediately out of the oven. If you want to skip the Dr Pepper, you can sub in your favorite BBQ sauce. Find the recipe here.

5. Oven-Baked Espresso-, Cocoa, and Chili-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

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Jennifer Olvera for Serious Eats

This recipe from Serious Eats packs so much flavor into one rack of ribs, you won’t believe you made ribs with this much flavor at home. This recipe in particular takes the fear out of cooking ribs in your own kitchen.

Find this amazing recipe here and get to cooking.

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