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Close up of ribs with barbecue sauce

St. Louis Ribs in Oven

  • Author: Brittney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2


This recipe for St. Louis ribs in the oven includes an easy homemade rub and tips to get tender, juicy ribs every single time!


  • st. louis style ribs 1 slab
  • (2.5-3 lbs / 1 kg)
  • kosher salt 1.5 tbsp
  • brown sugar 1.5 tbsp
  • smoked paprika 1 tbsp
  • ground cumin 1 tbsp
  • garlic powder 1 tbsp
  • barbecue sauce ¼ c (70 g)
  • (plus additional for serving)


Oven-Baked Ribs

  1. Peel the membrane off the back of the ribs. Pat the ribs dry.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin and garlic powder. Rub the spice mixture into all sides of the ribs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 250°F (120°C).
  4. Wrap the rack of ribs in foil, sealing tightly. Place on a rimmed pan and cook for 2 hours.
  5. Discard the foil and place the ribs back on the pan meat side up. Continue cooking for 1.5-2 hours or until the ribs are tender.

Finishing the Ribs

  1. Option 1: Grill (our preferred method). Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (400°F / 200°C). Place the ribs on the grill and cook 5 minutes per side or until slightly charred. Baste with barbecue sauce every few minutes.
  2. Option 2: Broil. Change the oven setting to broil. Generously brush the ribs with barbecue sauce. Broil for 5 minutes or until the barbecue sauce is bubbling and the ribs are lightly caramelized.


Storing: Leftover ribs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american

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