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We never could get our ribs to fall off the bone, until we tried this simple recipe. BEST. RIBS. EVER! ohsweetbasil.com

Ribs have always been a summertime staple in our family, but that doesn’t mean that we were making them. We were in a constant struggle to find a way to cook the ribs so that they were so tender the meat would fall off and the bone slips clean out, but it never happened. We’d find a good rub recipe, and the cooking would be under, over or dry. So, I turned it over to the husband. I mean, he is from South Carolina so he must have BBQ in his bones right? Yes, yes he does and these easy BBQ ribs are proof that you just need a solid method for cooking and anyone can enjoy perfect ribs.

We never could get our ribs to fall off the bone, until we tried this simple recipe. BEST. RIBS. EVER! ohsweetbasil.com

So, I’ll let the husband take over since he’s the master. Eat it up, Cade, I just called you the “Master”. You’re welcome.

Ok, first things first, you need to buy good quality meat. We’ve found that we really like the ribs from Costco, or one of our local meat providers. We also prefer Baby Back ribs compared to Spare Ribs. There certainly isn’t as much meat on baby back ribs, but they always turn out more tender for us.

Next you need to prep the meat. Depending on where you bought it you may need to remove the membrane off the back of the meat. Here’s a great little how to post on removing the membrane. Ours don’t usually have it so we skip this part.

Now we prep the meat. We prefer to dry rub the meat so that it can get all flavorful before any BBQ sauce is even added. In fact, sometimes we enjoy them dry because they are so good on their own. Or we drizzle them with just a little BBQ sauce as you can see in the first photo. So, just massage that delicious spice rub on both sides of the meat.

We never could get our ribs to fall off the bone, until we tried this simple recipe. BEST. RIBS. EVER! ohsweetbasil.com

Alright, now your meat is prepped so you need to double wrap them in tin foil. This will allow the meat to cook without browning or caramelizing the meat until you’re ready to grill. It’s all about keeping the moisture and juices with the meat. Trust me, it’s worth a little tin foil and oven time in order to produce a tender rack of ribs. Slam those puppies in the oven and walk away for 2 hours for baby back and 3 for spare ribs (remember they have the extra meat so you can’t skimp on time for spare ribs).

Once the ribs have baked, remove them from the foil and grill on a high heat for about 7 minutes, turning often, and if you choose to add BBQ sauce just keep basting with every turn. Here’s to summer!!

Can You Make Ribs in a Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can prepare ribs in the slow cooker.

Prepare the ribs with a rub of your choice, and cook, covered, on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

When the ribs are nearly falling off the bones, carefully remove from slow cooker and slather with BBQ sauce.

What Is The Membrane On Ribs?

The membrane is tissue that is attached to the underside of ribs.

The membrane will not soften when cooked, and will be tough and hard to eat.

The membrane should be removed before cooking ribs.


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We never could get our ribs to fall off the bone, until we tried this simple recipe. BEST. RIBS. EVER! ohsweetbasil.com_-2

Easy BBQ Ribs

3.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
these easy BBQ ribs are proof that you just need a solid method for cooking and anyone can enjoy perfect ribs.


  • 2 racks Baby Back Ribs pork, Or Spare Ribs *see note
  • BBQ Sauce

For the Dry Rub

  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg


  • Heat an oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small dish combine all of the seasoning ingredients.
  • Pour into a jar and store between uses.
  • Prepare the ribs by removing any membrane that may be on the underside of the ribs. We buy ours with the membrane already removed.
  • Rub both sides of the ribs with the seasoning mixture
  • Wrap each rack with two pieces of tinfoil until they are completely sealed shut.
  • Bake on a cookie sheet for 2 hours for baby back ribs and 3 hours for spare ribs.
  • Carefully remove from the oven, pour out the juices and heat the grill to high heat.
  • Place the ribs on the grill and grill for 6 to 9 minutes, turning often, and basting with bbq sauce if desired.
  • Let rest for 2 minutes on a cutting board and then serve.


Spare ribs have more meat but baby back tend to turn out more tender.
Cooked ribs will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Easy BBQ Ribs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 4906mg213%
Potassium 551mg16%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1027IU21%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • This is my go to rib recipe. It’s so easy and they come out perfect every time.

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    • Thank you so much Tara!

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  • Look delicious, great recipe with images.
    I’ll have to try them :)), thank you for sharing.

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    • Thank you!

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  • I just cooked ribs using this exact technique, but not this rub (sounds too salty). And your hubby is right! The oven cooking in foil makes the ribs fall off the bone tender! Easy and delicious!
    I had read numerous recipes. Some you boil, some you boil then grill, some you oven bake, etc……This is the best and the simplest of all. You won’t be disappointed with this technique. And if you don’t want to bother with the grill, simply turn on the oven broiler for the last step. Yum.

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    • Thanks! It’s a great technique. And you could always cut down the salt, but we’ve never had them taste salty. 🙂

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  • I tried these ribs and they truly are fall off the bone, but they are way too salty. Next time I’ll try just a tablespoon of salt instead of 1/4 cup. Hope they will still be fall off the bone.

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    • Yes, make sure you only cover them enough depending on how big your rack is. 🙂

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  • Ribs were very tender! Add less chilli powder & salt! Taste was decent I would add less chili powder I was slightly disappointed! It was not totally disgusting but not that great!

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  • When I pinned this recipe I knew it was the perfect meal to make for Memorial Day. I made the ribs for my husband and son and they both were very pleased. My son commented that these were the best ribs he has ever eaten. I will make these again for sure! I used the remaining spice rub on some pork chops (I am not a huge fan of ribs) and they too were delicious!

    Thanks for the recipe! I am sure it is going to be the family go-to BBQ recipe from now on!

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  • They were AMAZING! We will definitely be making them again!

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    • yay!!! I’m so thrilled!

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  • So tender and good! Next time will add more brown sugar. Great!

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    • Ohh, I’m all about more brown sugar. I’ll try that too!!

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  • Oh yum! These look fantastic 🙂 I love ribs!

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  • I am totally craving ribs now!

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  • These look so good! We love ribs so we’ll definitely have to try these!

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  • Wow do those look finger lickin’ GOOD! Being a Texas girl, I’ve got a tried and true recipe but would love to give yours a go!

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  • I’m afraid of ribs. I think I’m afraid to ruin a pricier cutof meat. Maybe I will turn this over to the hubby and try it this weekend. 🙂

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  • Well hello there Memorial Day dinner 🙂

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  • I’m always impressed by the meat at Costco, and baby back are my favorite too. I even have a recipe in my cookbook and I call for baby back ribs. These look amazing, I’ll have to give them a try soon!

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  • The perfect memorial day treat!

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  • so what’s the seasoning mix??

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    • hahaha, thank you for pointing that out!!! I guess when you’ve got a sick toddler you lose your mind a bit. The dry rub is in there now. Enjoy!!

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      • I didn’t remember commenting on this in 2013 until someone commented yesterday!

        Almost 3 years ago I met the man who will be my husband in 2 weeks. About a month or two in, I met his parents and went to their house to make these ribs, your spice rub included ;). His mom is from the Dominican Republic and she said, “there’s a saying in my country, ‘okay, you can cook, now you can get married.’” One of his sons recently threw a huge fit at a recent BBQ when I didn’t make ribs. So THANK YOU for making my new family love me so much. 🙂

      • You’ve totally made my day Stephanie! So glad this recipe is a favorite for your family and extended family!

  • Back in my meat eating days, I loved ribs. My mom always bought baby back ribs and swore by them. So the master is correct!

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  • My hubby and I are not big fans of ribs (too much work for too little meat), but he has wanted to try and BBQ some for a while now (probably just to add another triumph to his grilling repertoire). I can’t wait to share this recipe with him, maybe we will make them for Memorial Day! Thanks!

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    • I’m usually the same. Just make me a steak! But honestly, these are so yummy and we do try to pick out good quality, meatier Ribs. Good luck!! Ribs take a lot of practice but this recipe always turns out perfect for us.

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  • YES!! Thank you Carrian (and your husband!)! I have had these very some problems and I so excited to try these this weekend. My family is gonna love me!

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