Foolproof Oven Baked Ribs

Hassle-free, tender and foolproof oven-baked ribs with one-pan-clean-up! It doesn’t get any easier than this!

Just pop the marinated meat into the baking bag and you’re done! The result is delicious “fall-off-the-bone” ribs, perfect for anytime of year!

Foolproof oven baked ribs on baking pan.

There’s nothing better than a big slab of messy barbecue ribs with some good ole’ side dishes! 

No matter what type ribs you choose, whether it’s Baby Back or St. Louis, this easy method works beautifully with little prep or clean up.

Why you’ll love this recipe!

The secret to this foolproof recipe is to use a baking bag! You’ll find these “turkey” or baking bags on the aisle with the storage bags and foil. 

  • 5-minute No-fuss preparation 
  • Easy one-pan cleanup
  • When it’s too hot to grill outside or stand over a hot stove, just pop these into the oven and head to the pool!

I use these baking bags every year for my turkey, but they work great for ribs as well. The bag traps moisture, resulting in the most tender ribs you’ll ever have.

What you’ll need:

Other than a slab of ribs, you’ll need the following ingredients. Use any kind of barbecue sauce you prefer. 

Marinade ingredients for oven baked ribs

How to make it:

The secret to making tender, oven-baked ribs is to cook them low and slow. The result is fall-off-the-bone, tender meat!

  • Add a little flour to the bag before adding the the rest of the ingredients
  • Place meat in baking bag
  • In a medium bowl, make the marinade
  • Pour in marinade; massage and seal; refrigerate for 1 hour turning 15 minutes
  • After 1 hour, remove plastic bag and place in study baking pan; preheat oven to 250ºF
  • Place in oven for 3-4 hours
  • Pour barbecue sauce over meat
  • Place under 500ºF broiler until sauce begins to bubble
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes

Expert Tips:

If baking more than one rack, place them side by side in one bag or use two or more

When the barbecue ribs are marinating in the fridge, flip them a few times to allow the marinade to coat well

Do not add barbecue sauce until they’re done

For best results, use a very sharp or serrated knife to slice the meat

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Make foolproof oven baked ribs any time it’s too hot to grill! Father’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day-these tender barbecue ribs are effortless and delicious!

Grab a bunch of paper towels and dig in!

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Foolproof Oven Baked Ribs

Tender and flavorful oven-baked ribs
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Yield: 12 ribs
Author: Anecia Hero


  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • cup liquid smoke
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flour all purpose
  • large baking bag


Prep and Marinade

  • Add 1 tablespoon flour to oven bag; shake bag until flour has coated interior
    large baking bag, 1 tablespoon flour
  • Add ribs to oven bag
    1 rack baby back ribs
  • Combine orange juice and remaining ingredients in a large bowl
    ½ cup orange juice, ⅓ cup liquid smoke, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 2 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons pepper
  • Pour mixture into the baking bag; massage liquid; secure bag with tie
  • Refrigerate for an hour


  • Preheat oven to 250ºF
  • Remove ribs from refrigerator; cut slits into the top of the baking bag
  • Place bag on baking dish; tuck the sides of the bag into the pan so they're not overhanging the baking dish
  • Bake for 4 hours at 250ºF
  • Remove from oven; carefully cut away oven bag and slide ribs onto baking dish
  • Turn oven to broil setting
  • Coat meat with barbecue sauce
    2 cups barbecue sauce
  • Place under broiler to desired crispness
  • Remove from heat; allow to rest 10 minutes
  • Slice individually, or in sections (3 ribs per person) with knife.


  • If you don't have four hours to cook, no big deal! Just turn the oven to 350ºF and cook them for about 50 minutes, or until they've reached an internal temperature of 140ºF
  • Use your favorite barbecue sauce

Nutrition Estimate

Serving: 1cupCalories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 1730mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 539IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
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