Fall-Off-The-Bone Goodness: Oven-Baked Brown Sugar BBQ Ribs

Memorial Weekend is the unofficial start of summer. BBQ ribs are a popular item on many menus.

I don't appreciate standing over a hot, smoky grill, so I started baking my ribs. Although you don't get the charred flavor, my ribs are just as tasty.

I also use the broiler. It sears in flavor and cuts the cooking time. I know, I know, this is blasphemy. Trust the process.

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Oven Baked Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce Ribs

Ribs Ingredients

2 racks of baby back ribs
Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce (See Recipe Below)
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
1 tsp of smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups of water

Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set your oven to low broil

  2. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

  4. Rub the spice mixture all over the ribs, making sure to coat them evenly.

  5. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Broil for 30 minutes

  6. Place 3 cups of water in an oven-safe bowl or dish. Place in the oven.  The water adds humidity, preventing the ribs from drying.

  7. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake the ribs for 1.5 hours, or until they are tender.

  8. Prepare BBQ while the ribs are baking. In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
    Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  9. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

  10. Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool before using.

  11. Remove the ribs from the oven.

  12. Brush the ribs with barbecue sauce and return them to the oven for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the sauce is caramelized.

  13. Remove the ribs from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
    Enjoy your delicious oven-baked BBQ ribs!

Wine Recommendations

Complement the sweet, smoky, and tangy flavors of these brown sugar BBQ ribs with a perfectly matched wine. Here are some enticing recommendations:


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