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How to Make Baby Back Ribs

Created January 10, 2017
Make tender baby back ribs drenched in our best-ever barbecue sauce in just five steps.

Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs smothered in barbecue sauce deserve a spot at your picnic table. Learn how to make homemade baby back ribs in five simple steps—no grill required!

What you’ll need:

  • 4 ½ lb pork loin back ribs (baby back ribs)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Recipe for our Best Barbecue Sauce 
  • Knife or kitchen scissors
  • Roasting pan or 13x9-inch pan
  • Basting brush
How to:

1. Heat oven to 325°F. Prepare Best Barbecue Sauce or other sauce of your choosing.

ingredients for best barbecue sauce

2. Remove membrane (silverskin) from back of ribs by sliding knife underneath; lift and loosen until you can grab it with a paper towel. Try to pull it off in one piece if possible.

removing membrane from ribs

3. Cut ribs into 6 serving pieces using a knife or kitchen scissors.

cutting ribs with knife

4. Place meat side up in rack in roasting pan or 13x9-inch pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.


5. Bake covered 1 hour 45 minutes; brush with sauce. Bake uncovered about 45 minutes longer, brushing frequently with sauce. 

Expert Tips:

  • If you’re going to serve leftover sauce with ribs, be sure to heat it to boiling beforehand. Boil and stir 1 minute to kill any bacteria from the uncooked ribs that may have gotten into the sauce.  
  • Place ribs meaty side up in pan, so fat can drip away into bottom of roasting pan or into 13x9-inch pan to drain later.
  • Add sauce toward end of cooking time so it doesn’t burn.
  • Cook ribs as directed until tender. Cook a little longer if you like the meat falling off the bone.