Classic BBQ Ribs Recipe

This recipe yields fall-off-the-bone ribs imbued with smoky barbecue flavor. Choose between a simple preparation or customize the rub for a personalized touch.


  • 2 racks baby back ribs or spare ribs (about 3 pounds)
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Brown sugar (light or dark, optional for extra caramelization)
  • Spice rub (optional, see recipe below)
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Prepare the ribs (optional): Using a sharp knife, remove the silverskin (membranous layer) from the backside of the ribs. This helps ensure tender results.
  3. Season the ribs (optional): If using a rub, combine all spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the rub generously to both sides of the ribs, ensuring even coating.
  4. Wrap and bake: Tightly wrap the seasoned ribs in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped ribs on a baking sheet and bake for 2-2½ hours, or until the meat is very tender and nearly falling off the bone.
  5. Broil or grill for optional char (optional): Preheat your broiler or prepare your grill for medium heat. Unwrap the ribs and carefully transfer them to a baking sheet or grill pan. Brush generously with barbecue sauce. Broil or grill for 2-3 minutes per side, or until slightly charred and caramelized. Be sure to monitor the ribs closely to avoid burning the sauce.
  6. Let rest and serve: Transfer the ribs to a cutting board and tent with foil for 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute for a more flavorful result. Slice the ribs into individual portions and serve immediately with your favorite barbecue sauce for dipping.

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