These easy oven baked baby back ribs will make others think you slow cooked these over the grill. They’re mouth watering and full of flavor, and you’ll be surprised to know they’re instead slow cooked in the oven.
Other than the summer when it’s too hot inside to cook, making back ribs in the oven is our go to favorite method.
Who knew melt-in-your mouth smokey ribs could be so easy? And what’s even better is that these are also paleo, low carb and keto ribs too.
Baby Back Ribs in Oven
The ingredient list is short for these amazing baby back ribs you cook in your oven!
2 racks of baby back ribs
4 T+ sugar free dry rub mix
You’ll also need foil to tightly cover the ribs to keep the steam from releasing during the baking time.
Sugar Free Dry Rub
To make the best baby back ribs in the oven, starting with an amazing dry rub mix is key. You’ll love our dry rub for ribs that’s chock full of flavor, is mildly spicy, and does not contain sugar. Whether you’re following a low carb diet, paleo, keto, or just want/need your food sugar free, this rub is perfect.
Most dry rub mixes use sugar or brown sugar, since we live a low carb lifestyle and don’t eat sugar, coming up with a fantastic dry rub mix that didn’t have sugar in it was really important to us.
We know you’ll love our sugar free dry rub as much as we do!
Baby Back Ribs Cooking Steps
Preheat the oven to 275 and put the oven rack in the middle position.
Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil to make for easier clean up. This isn’t a required step but will definitely make it easier when it comes time to wash the pan.
Lay the baby back ribs on the baking sheet.
Spread 2 T+ of dry rub mix on each rack of ribs and gently press the mix into the meat to help it stick to the surface.
If you have extra time, putting the ribs in the fridge for 2 hours to allow the rub flavors to infuse with the meat is ideal.
Skipping this step when you’re short on time and instantly putting the baby back ribs in the oven immediately after spreading the dry rub is perfectly fine also. I have done this many many times and the ribs are still fantastic!
Tightly wrap the baking sheet with foil to cover the ribs and keep the steam from escaping.
Cook the baby back ribs until a thermometer inserted into a center portion of the meat reads 185 to 190 degrees. The meat is technically done before that point but wouldn’t be cooked to a fall off the bone level, which is definitely what you want for baby back ribs.
Check the ribs after 2 1/2 hours of cooking on 275, they’ll be at the perfect point if you can easily wiggle the bones and the meat is very soft.
Racks of ribs come between 1 1/2 lb and 3 lb, the lighter they are the less time they’ll take to cook.
Make sure you don’t skip covering the ribs with foil, this will keep the moisture in and help make the baby back ribs so tender and moist.
If you’d like a “hot off the grill” appearance, broil the ribs for 3-4 minutes until lightly brown on top.
Serve and enjoy!
What to serve with baby back ribs?
Since we’ve been following a low carb program we usually serve these ribs with cole slaw or a kale caesar salad. Serving roasted vegetables on the side like broccoli, mushrooms, onions and peppers also make a great idea.
But of course all the classic fixings are great choices too:
Corn on the cob
Macaroni and cheese
What are your favorite side dishes with baby back ribs?
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- 2 racks baby back ribs
- 4 T+ dry rub mix (sugar free)
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 4 oz
Amount Per Serving Calories 250 Total Fat 17g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 10g Cholesterol 66mg Sodium 199mg Carbohydrates 1g Fiber 0g Sugar 0g Protein 18g