Oven BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

These BBQ Pork Spare Ribs are baked in the oven, until tender and falling off the bone. This is the easiest way to make ribs, and they’re so delicious!

These oven ribs give grilled ribs and smoked ribs a serious run for their money. 

And I say that as someone who LOVES grilling and using the smoker.

Spare Ribs - Made in the Oven with BBQ Sauce         

This recipe is particularly wonderful because it’s so easy and convenient to make. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like outside, because it’s all done in the oven, at one temperature.

I originally published this method in 2011, back when I didn’t have a grill or any fancy meat-cooking equipment. Now I do my fair share of grilling and smoking ribs, but I often come back to the ease of these ribs.

As long as you’re using a delicious barbecue sauce (and YES you can use storebought sauce), the ribs will have great flavor, and be nicely tender.

How to Make Pork Spare Ribs in the Oven:

Season two racks of St. Louis Style Spare Ribs with 2 tsp of salt, concentrating most of it to the meaty side of the racks:

Two Racks of Pork Spare Ribs

Cut the racks into individual ribs by cutting in between the bones:

Spare Ribs Recipe - Cutting into Individual Ribs

Place the ribs on a rimmed half sheet pan and drizzle with about 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce:

Spare Ribs In Oven - With BBQ Sauce

I used to make my own barbecue sauce (and I have the recipe for it below in the recipe card), but honestly I don’t anymore. There are too many great options at the store and I now have two kids under the age of 3, haha. 

Toss the ribs in the sauce until evenly coated:

Pork Spare Ribs Oven - Glazed in Barbecue Sauce

Arrange the ribs on the pan, placing them meaty side up:

How to Cook Spare Ribs - Roasted in the Oven

Cover the pan *very* tightly with aluminum foil. You really want to create a seal here:

Oven Ribs Baked in Aluminum Foil

Bake the spare ribs for 1 hour and 45 minutes, then remove the foil. They will look like this:

How to Cook Pork Spare Ribs - 3 Hours in the Oven

It is normal for them to look fairly unglazed at this point.

Take half the remaining barbecue sauce and baste the ribs:

Spareribs - Basted in BBQ Sauce

Bake the ribs uncovered for 30 minutes, and they will look like this:

Oven Baked Spare Ribs - Caramelized and Glazed

They’re starting to get some caramelization on the edges, but they need another basting.

So baste the ribs with the remaining barbecue sauce, about 1/3 cup:

Spare Ribs Recipe Oven - With Storebought Barbecue Sauce

Another 20-30 minutes in the oven, and finally, they should have a wonderful glaze to them:

Baked Spare Ribs with BBQ Sauce

I really like when they’re not wet or too saucy, but more like “sticky” and glazed.

ColeslawCorn and Avocado Bean Salad, and Red Potato Salad are all great sides to serve with these ribs.

The spare ribs are now ready to be plated.

BBQ Pork Spare Ribs - Easy Recipe Made Inside

Enjoy!

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Oven BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

Pork spare Ribs are basted in BBQ sauce and baked for several hours, until tender and falling off the bone.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pork spare ribs, spare ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 984kcal

Ingredients

For the Spareribs:

  • 4 to 5 lbs st. louis-style pork spare ribs* (2 racks)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 18 oz barbecue sauce** 1.75 cups, either storebought or homemade

Suggested Side Dishes for Pairing:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Season the ribs with the salt, concentrating most of the salt to the meaty side (and not the bony side).
  • Slice in between the bones to cut the racks into individual ribs.
  • Place the ribs on a rimmed half sheet pan, and pour 2/3 of the barbecue sauce on top (which should be about 1 cup of sauce). Toss the ribs well, until evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Cover the ribs very tightly with foil, and cook for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and baste the ribs with half of the remaining barbecue sauce, about 1/3 cup. Bake uncovered for another 30 minutes.
  • Baste the ribs with the remaining barbecue sauce and bake for another 20-30*** minutes, until the barbecue sauce is caramelized. They should no longer be saucy and wet, but sort of sticky and glazed. Enjoy!

Notes

*The St. Louis Style Spare Ribs I purchase from the butcher are ready to go, without the membrane. If yours have a membrane, simply pull it off with your fingers, and discard.
**These days the options for gourmet storebought barbecue sauce are quite plentiful, so I use storebought. However, here is the recipe I always used when I made my own.
Homemade BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
  • 2 cups finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup molasses
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Directions: Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down, and simmer for 45 minutes, until the onions are soft.
***Barbecue sauces with higher concentrations of sugar will burn faster, so keep your eye on them.

Nutrition

Calories: 984kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 71g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 242mg | Sodium: 1894mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg

Post updated in October 2019. Originally published May 2011.