Taste Tested: Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs

We know the low and slow smoking purists out there might oppose, but this oven-baked rib recipe is too good to not share! A�You really need to try A�it to believe it.


“Who says you need a BBQ to cook good ribs? For years, we’ve been forgoing this certain indulgence because we didn’t have an outdoor space for a grill. A�Well, let me tell you, after discovering this recipe, I’ll be making up for lost time! I do believe I’ve finally cracked the code to making perfectly tender and mouth-watering barbecued ribs… and guess what? A�It’s in the oven!”


Recipe: Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs

Summary: This recipe is really more about technique than equipment. Feel free to switch up the spices with your favorite rub and definitely pick your favorite artisanal BBQ sauce–or make your own!


  • Ingredients
  • 4-5 pounds Perth Pork spare ribs or baby back ribs
  • 1/2 cups Dry Spice Rub (equal parts smoked paprika, thyme, cinnamon, Sechuan peppercorns, salt, pepper, cumin, chili flakes, and/or dry mustard)
  • 1/3 cup Ontario apple cider
  • 3 tbsp Ontario maple syrup
  • 1 cup Ontario-made Barbecue Sauce — I used The Pickle Guy’s “Wow Ol’ SMokey BBQ Sauce”
  • Equipment: Baking sheet, Aluminum foil, Cooling rack, Pastry Brush, Knife


  1. Rub ribs with prepared spice mixture. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least hours, maximum 2 days.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil leaving ample overhang and lay the ribs on top in a single layer.
  3. Pour over apple cider and maple syrup. Spread over ribs evenly.
  4. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and place in preheated 300 degree oven.
  5. Roast for 2 1/2 to 3 hours for spare ribs or 1 1/2 to 2 hours for baby back ribs.
  6. Remove from oven, brush with your favorite Ontario Barbecue Sauce.
  7. Please ribs under broiler for 5-10 minutes until sugars caramelize in sauce.
  8. Remove from oven and let rest, covered, for about ten minutes, and then cut between the bones to separate the individual ribs.
  9. Serve immediately with extra barbecue sauce and a generous heap of cilantro.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 3 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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