Easy Dry Rub Recipe for Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

Easy Dry Rub Recipe for Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

This easy recipe makes the best oven-baked pork ribs with a homemade dry rub that's both easy and delicious. You'll get tender meat with amazing flavor without any fuss. Plus, it's a great recipe for cooking ribs even if you don't have a grill.

The secret to perfection is the low and slow cooking time in the oven, ensuring the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender. And if you like, you can add your favorite bbq sauce (or even a homemade bbq sauce) for an extra burst of flavor and quickly broil them.

I'm sure you'll love the simplicity and flavor of this dry rub recipe for baby back ribs in the oven.


  • 1 pork ribs (rack of baby back ribs)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce (optional, to finish the ribs, I didn’t use)
rack of ribs
Prep time:
7 minutes
Cook time:
2 hours
Total time:
2 hours, 7 minutes
Yield: 1 rack of ribs | Prep time: 7 minutes | Cook time: 2 hours | Total time: 2 hours, 7 minutes


You can store the cooked racks of ribs in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, or freeze them for as long as 3 months.


1. Make the Spice Rub: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

2. Preheat oven to 300F (150C).
3. For the most tender ribs, remove the thin membrane covering the underside of the ribs. To remove it, gently slide a paring knife under the membrane, and then use a paper towel and your hands to pull the silver skin away from the bones.

4. Generously season the meaty side, the back of the ribs and sides of the ribs with the spice mixture, using your hands to gently pat the seasoning to ensure it adheres. Transfer the spice-coated rack of ribs to a long baking dish (meat side up), cover it tightly with aluminum foil. Bake ribs at low temperature for about 2 hours, until tender.

5. Slice the oven-baked ribs and serve them. Optionally, you can finish these flavorful ribs by topping them with your favorite barbecue sauce,  and then broil (or use hot grill) for a few minutes, until the sauce is caramelized (keep a close eye on the ribs as they're placed under the broiler, so they don't burn).

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Shop products and ingredients I recommend for this recipe:

Smoked Paprika

Smoked Paprika
Chili Powder

Chili Powder
Garlic Powder

Garlic Powder
Onion Powder

Onion Powder
Dry Mustard

Dry Mustard
Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper
Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

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