When grilling isn’t an option, you can still enjoy a hearty meal of ribs cooked in your oven. Start with the smaller racks of pork baby back ribs, add your favorite sauce or seasonings and a couple of sides, and you’ll be rarin’ to taste your makeshift barbecue dinner.

Things You'll Need

Preheat oven to 325 F. Prepare thawed ribs for cooking. Allow about 4 to 5 ribs per person.

Place the ribs in a 9-by-13-inch or larger pan. Rub with a light coating of olive or vegetable oil.

Sprinkle with brisket seasoning or a meat spice rub, or baste with your favorite barbecue sauce. If you like some heat, add a light sprinkling of chili powder. If cooking more than one rack, you can customize the flavorings to suit your taste.

Cover the ribs with foil and cook about 4 hours. You can turn up the temp to 375 F if you want to shorten the cooking time. Start checking the tenderness after 2 /12 to 3 hours. Remove the foil so the ribs can brown for the final 30 minutes of cooking. If using barbecue sauce, baste again when 30 minutes of cooking time remains.


  • Plan ahead so you have ready cooked foods available for a quick meal even though the meat is slow cooking.

  • Keep favorite spices on hand

  • You can thaw out your meat in the microwave. See my article about thawing meat in the microwave in the resources section.

  • You can add your favorite barbecue sauce if you like. Baste during the final 30 minutes of cooking

  • Add Garlic powder if you like it.