Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs

We’ve somewhat moved away from the more “traditional” Christmas dinners. I’m not sure what Jay’s family used to do, but when I was growing up, it was either chicken or turkey along with ham, and basically a repeat of the sides served at Thanksgiving. If we were with my dad, it was chicken, noodles, potatoes, possibly corn, and then something for dessert (probably pumpkin and apple pies). If my grandparents hosted, it was chicken or turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, pies and cookies, and after dinner, shots of J├Ągermeister around my grandfather’s bar in the basement. I’ve started making Cincinnati Chili on Christmas Eve, just for something a little different. We’ve started watching the American version of House of Cards (assume the article has spoilers–I haven’t actually read it and don’t intend to–I’m only linking it for informational purposes) and thanks to Kevin Spacey’s character, Jay and I had a sudden craving for ribs that hasn’t abated. In spite of my current unemployment, we decided to pick up some and intended on having Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs for Christmas dinner.

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs with Cornbread

However, plans changed. I had gone out of town to visit family, and didn’t return until Christmas Eve. Not a big deal, but I had presents to wrap, and before I’d returned, Jay made arrangements with his parents to have a big Christmas lunch with them. His brother was in town, so I agreed, plus there was the promise of Prime Rib from my father-in-law. We ended up having soup and cornbread for dinner instead, and I put off making the ribs. The following evening, I made more soup and we had them in bread bowls. And I put off the ribs again, as I wanted plenty of time for the dry rub to season the meat, and 4 hours wasn’t going to cut it.

Baby Back Ribs and Cornbread Muffin

These were WELL worth the wait. The dry rub along with a homemade barbecue sauce made these drool-worthy, even for me. I can usually take or leave ribs–Not my favorite thing to eat, but I won’t turn them down, especially if they’ve been grilled.

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs - exposed bone

Which isn’t the case with these…It’s a little hard to charcoal-grill food in South Dakota winter. I should just bite the bullet and start saving up for a gas grill. It’s just not the same, though. And since I’ve managed to conquer my fear of fire and lighting the coals myself, I’d rather continue to hone my grilling skills. I’ve got a long way to go! In the meantime, I’ll oven-bake my ribs, though cooking a rack on the grill one of these days is one of my grilling goals. Perhaps next summer!

Yield: 4

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs

Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 15 hours


  • 1 rack of baby-back ribs, silver skin removed

For the dry rub:

  • 1/4 C dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • ground black pepper

For the barbecue sauce:

  • 3/4 C ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. stone ground mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
  • hot sauce, to taste


Place the ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet, Mix together the ingredients for the dry rub, and spread it over both sides of the ribs. Wrap tightly in foil, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Place the ribs in the oven, and bake for 3 hours.

Mix together the ingredients for the barbecue sauce. Remove the ribs from the oven, and preheat the broiler.

Flip the ribs over, so that the meaty side is down. Spread some of the sauce over the ribs and place under the broiler for 5 minutes or until the sauce starts to caramelize and brown. Flip the ribs back over so that the meaty side is up, and spread the sauce over top. Broil, adding additional sauce every 5-10 minutes. Once the desired amount of sauce has been added, allow the ribs to rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.

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