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The BEST Rib Recipe

This really is the BEST Rib Recipe!  Apply a homemade 4-Ingredient Brown Sugar Spice Rub, then slow bake for a few hours, resulting in THE most flavourful and tender ribs ever. 

If you’re looking for the most tender, flavourful and delicious ribs everrrrrrr, then look no more. These ribs are a family favourite. They’re easy, tasty and SO DANG GOOD. No really, this is the BEST Rib Recipe.

a top down view of saucy barbecued ribs, laying on a sheet of parchment paper. in the background is a set of tongs and a blue linen napkin

Winner winner rib dinner!

No really, these ribs are amazing. This tried-and-true method always gets us rave reviews! They’re tender, flavourful and taste so good. Did I also mention how easy they are to make…your oven does most of the work for these ribs.

a top down view of four racks of saucy barbecued ribs, laying on a sheet of parchment paper. in the background is a set of tongs and a blue linen napkin

It’s all about the Brown Sugar Spice Rub

The key to the deliciousness of these bbq ribs is all in the rub.  It’s a simple 4-ingredient recipe that I think ALL RIBS must have. This dry rub is generously applied to the ribs before they are slow roasted in the oven, and finished off on the barbecue. These ribs always come out fall-off the bone tender, rich and flavourful.

a parchment paper lined tray with two racks for raw ribs covered in a brown sugar spice rub.

The ribs on the right are coated in my Rib Rub recipe, as are the ribs on the left except those also have a little additional Montreal Steak Spice sprinkled on.

a side view of saucy barbecued ribs, laying on a sheet of parchment paper. in the background is a set of tongs and a blue linen napkin

Low and Slow

I always bake my ribs low and slow in the oven. I cover them tightly with tin foil then bake at 300 degrees F for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  The ribs slowly steam and roast under the tin foil, resulting in tender and delicious ribs!

a top down view of saucy barbecued ribs, laying on a sheet of parchment paper. in the background is a set of tongs and a blue linen napkin

Slather and Barbecue

After the ribs have finished baking, take them from the oven, slather them in your favourite barbecue sauce then finish them off on the barbecue.  Using the barbecue at the end caramelizes the sauce and give the ribs a nice smoky flavour…so so good. The best ribs ever await you!

a parchment paper lined tray filled with cut saucy barbecued ribs cut into pieces

The Best Rib Recipe Tips

  • Rub Recipe Tip:  Double or triple the rub recipe and store it in a shaker to use later. I like to use a mason shaker like this one I made in this post here.
  • Preparing the ribs:  Remove the silver skin (thick membrane on the backside of the ribs) by grabbing it with a paper towel and pulling it off, or if you are getting your meat from a market ask the Butcher to remove it.
  • Find ribs that have an even thickness.  Some racks will be thick then taper to a very thin end.  This will end up in difficult and uneven cooking, so always try to find even-portioned racks for consistent cooking.
  • Make sure to cover the ribs with aluminum foil while baking. Cover them fully and tight so they steam inside the foil and don’t dry out.
  • Wait to sauce your ribs!  Slather on the barbecue sauce after you’ve slow baked the ribs. Putting sauce on too early will result in the sugars burning and leaving black charred sections on your ribs.
  • Finish the ribs on the barbecue:  Once the ribs have slow baked, brush them in your favourite bbq sauce and finish them off on your barbecue at medium to hight heat. Grill the ribs just long enough for the barbecue sauce to caramelize and the ribs to get at great smoky flavour.
  • If you don’t have a barbecue:  Don’t worry, you can finish these ribs in the oven, they’re delicious this way too!  Once the ribs have finished slow roasting in the oven for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, remove them from the oven then slather them in your favourite barbecue sauce, then return to the oven to bake for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Invest in a set of good tongs.  Trying to flip ribs with a spatula is a sure fire way to have full racks fall apart.  Using tongs is a safe and effective way to handle ribs
a parchment paper lined tray filled with cut saucy barbecued ribs cut into pieces


Rib Dinner Menu Ideas

No rib dinner is complete without delicious side dishes and salads! Here are some of our favourites.

Apple Beet Slaw  //  Three Cheese Macaroni  //  The BEST Ribs  //  No-Flour Cornbread

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The BEST Rib Recipe

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 1/2 hours
  • Total Time: 31 minute
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Barbecue
  • Method: Barbecue

Ingredients

Scale

Ribs:

  • 2 racks of ribs (back ribs, baby back ribs, pork ribs)

Brown Sugar Spice Rub:

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

Brown Sugar Spice Rub:

  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, brown sugar, chili powder and fresh ground pepper.

The Ribs:

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Lay the ribs out onto a baking sheet lined with tin foil.
  • Rub the brown sugar spice rub mixture all over the top, meaty part of the ribs. I also like to add some to the back of the ribs. Use it all.
  • Lay the ribs, bones side down on the baking sheet.
  • Completely and tightly cover the ribs with another sheet of tin foil.
  • Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Once the ribs have baked, slather them in your favourite barbecue sauce and finish them off on your barbecue at medium to hight heat. Barbecue them just long enough for the barbecue sauce to caramelize and the ribs to get at great smoky flavour.

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