Fall Off The Bone Ribs

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Fall off the Bone Ribs are tender, tasty, and easily baked in the oven until they melt in your mouth! The secret to making the best fall off the bone ribs can be found in the dry rub and using the low and slow cooking method.

fall off the bone bbq ribs with potato salad and baked beans on a white plate
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Can you Bake Ribs in the Oven?

Absolutely! If you have a smoker and can smoke meat for 12 hours over a wood fire, that's great. But, if you don't have a Traeger or a Pitt Boss smoker, this oven recipe is for you!

Fall off the Bone Ribs is an alternative way to make your favorite barbecue dinner. For those who live in an apartment or community that doesn't allow smokers or grills, this oven method creates ribs that you'll be proud to serve.

I like my barbecue ribs to be so tender that they pull away from the bone the minute they come out of the oven. So, if you're into fork-tender meat, stick around for this lip-smacking rack of ribs recipe!

pork bbq ribs on a polka dot dish

Making The Dry Rub

This BBQ Dry Rub is the base for all things barbecue. I use it on any type of pork and find it to be the perfect blend. It's a great tenderizer for pork tenderloin, Boston butt roast, or smoked baby back ribs.

Dry Rub Ingredients

  • steak seasoning
  • burger seasoning
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • brown sugar
  • paprika

The first two ingredients can be found in most grocery stores in smaller quantities. I use steak seasoning because it has a large amount of pepper in it, and burger seasoning because it has a smoky flavor.

overhead photo of dry rub for bbq ribs in a white bowl

Why This Rub is Best

Onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika adds a nice base, while the brown sugar gives this rub a sweetness that balances the salty heat. If you can't find these seasonings in the store, there's a good chance you have spices in your cabinet you could use as substitutions.

This is my favorite dry rub recipe, but I'm a firm believer in using what you have, so get creative and make up a batch! As long as you add brown sugar to the mix, a little heat and a good amount of salt & pepper, life will be good.

baby back ribs in aluminum foil going into oven

Preparing the Pork

Once you have the dry rub mixed together, it's time to prepare the meat. Some people like to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs, and you can do that if you have a lot of strength and fortitude.

It's time to have some fun! Get in there and slather the dry rub on both sides of the meat with your hands. You should have enough rub to be very generous with your portions. For this recipe, I used 4 lbs. of Baby Back Pork Ribs which is plenty to feed 4 to 6 hungry people.

Wrap the meat in aluminum foil, making sure there are no holes where the juices can escape. Place the rack on a sheet pan (meat side up) and pop it into the oven.

vertical image of baby back ribs with dry rub

How to Make Fall Off The Bone Ribs

I like to start off by cooking the meat at 350 degrees for 2 hours, then lower the temperature of the oven to 275 and cook for an additional 2 hours. This method allows the pork to reach the proper internal temperature and break down the tough layer, resulting in a fork-tender piece of meat.

Whatever you do, don't take the ribs out of the oven for 4 hours. It will be tempting to open them up and take a look, but resist this urge by all means necessary. It's all about the low and slow method.

When you take the ribs out of the oven and open the aluminum foil, there will be some black char on the bottom. Don't worry, that's what you're looking for. Now, it's time to add the crowning glory...the sauce.

bbq ribs in aluminum foil coming out of the oven on a sheet pan

What Type of BBQ Sauce Should I Use?

If you're like me and have waited all day to eat, just pour some of your favorite barbecue sauce (ad) over the top and allow the heat of the meat to melt the sauce. It's that simple.

If you want to be a real grill master, take the ribs out of the aluminum foil, place on a grilling rack, and broil in the oven for a few minutes until the sauce is sticky.

The hardest part will be trying to decide what type of sauce you want to use. In the Carolinas where I live, there's a big controversy on which BBQ sauce is best.

I love Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce that's made with a mustard base. But, my new favorite condiment is Blueberry BBQ Sauce made with fresh blueberries. It's a delicious sauce for all types of dishes like Cheesy Meatball Sliders and Dutch Oven Pulled Pork.

If you're from Eastern North Carolina you love a vinegar based sauce, while Western North Carolinians favor a tomato based sweet sauce. I guess you can tell by the photos which side I'm on!

It's time to eat them ribs baby!

bbq ribs out of the oven ready to eat

Recipe FAQS

What temperature do you cook BBQ ribs?

The method I use starts the meat off at a higher temp (350 degrees for 2 hours) and then reduces the temperature to 275 degrees for 2 more hours. Some folks like to cook their ribs in the oven at 275 degrees for the entire 4 hours. I find that starting out at 350 degrees for 2 hours works best.

Do I need to cover BBQ ribs in the oven?

Wrapping the meat with aluminum foil keeps them from drying out during the baking process. I keep the foil on the entire time the ribs are roasting which produces excellent results.

How do you make ribs tender?

If you've cooked ribs before and they turned out tough, most likely they weren't cooked long enough. Cooking them quickly at a high temperature is not the way to go. Low and slow is the best method and yields perfect results every time.

What to Serve with BBQ Ribs

If you need some really good sides to go along with those fall off the bone ribs, I've got you covered!

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fall off the bone ribs served with potato salad and baked beans on a white plate.

Fall off the Bone Ribs

Fall Off The Bone Ribs are baked in the oven and as good any you can find in a BBQ restaurant! The secret is in the dry rub and low and slow cooking method.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Barbecue
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Calories: 574kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.



  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Dry the slab of ribs off with a paper towel.
    4 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • Mix the dry rub ingredients together in a bowl.
    1 Tbsp. steak seasoning, 1 Tbsp. burger seasoning, 1 Tbsp. onion powder, 1 Tbsp. garlic powder, 1 Tbsp. paprika, ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Place the ribs on a long sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Generously slather the dry rub on both sides of the pork and rub it into the meat.
  • Wrap the ribs completely in foil.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours, then reduce heat to 275 and cook for 2 additional hours.
  • Take out of oven, open foil and brush or pour on your favorite barbecue sauce.
    1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
  • Let ribs rest for 15 minutes, then cut beside each bone to serve.



Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 1057mg | Potassium: 1101mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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  1. 5 stars
    great recipe for those of us without smokers! i’m taking ingredients and recipe with me this weekend for my dinner contribution to family event!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my BBQ ribs! These are the best I have ever tasted! Forget the outside grill... this recipe is the best!!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made ribs using your recipe several times and it’s the absolute best! Our ribs come out looking just like yours and the Sweet Baby Rays is the best bbq sauce ever. Thank you for this fantastic recipe and great pics.

    1. Wow, Terrie! You made my day! I'm so glad you've made these ribs several times and love them. Glad I could share this recipe with your family. 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        Made these tonight. Excellent. Fell off the bone and delicious flavor. I did use a different sauce. Straight forward prep and easy clean up. Great for anytime!

  4. 5 stars
    You're killing me with these pictures. Those ribs look absolutely off the charts! I've never tried to make ribs before, but this recipe looks easy so I'm going to try my best.

    1. Thanks for mentioning my photography. I've been working really hard on it! These ribs made it easy 'cause they're so photogenic! 🙂

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