Want a sure-fire way to make a perfect rack of ribs? Bake them in the oven. Oven-baking ribs cooks the meat at low heat, transforming it from tough to tender for that perfect fall-off-the-bone-when-you-bite-it texture. Read on to learn how to bake ribs.

How to Bake Ribs 5 Different Ways

There's more than one way to bake ribs in the oven so you'll end up with tender, tasty ribs. The methods range from simply letting your oven do all the work, to a multi-step method of marinating, baking, and finishing on the grill. I'll show you 5 different ways to bake ribs — along with top-rated recipes to try — so you can choose the method that works best for you.

1. Seasoned and Baked

top-down view of pork ribs on a plate with potato salad in the background
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Try this recipe: Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs.

For this method, you'll coat baby back ribs with a homemade dry rub, seal them in foil, and bake them at low heat for two hours. After that, you'll coat them with BBQ sauce and bake them at higher heat for short intervals, brushing on more BBQ sauce every 10 minutes until the ribs are done, about 50 minutes more.

2. Boiled and Baked

Simple BBQ Ribs
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Try this recipe: Simple BBQ Ribs

This two-step method works best with country-style pork ribs, which are cut from the blade end of the pork loin and are quite meaty. First you'll boil the ribs in seasoned water for about an hour, then you'll slather them in BBQ sauce and bake them for another hour or so until they're perfectly tender.

3. Marinated, Baked, and Broiled

Tender Pork Spare Ribs
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Try this recipe: Tender Pork Spare Ribs

For this three-step method, you'll season pork ribs with a homemade dry rub and refrigerate them overnight. The next day, you'll bake them in foil with a generous splash of beer for three to four hours, then brush them with sauce and finish them under the broiler until the sauce is caramelized.

4. Baked and Grilled

top-down view of two racks of ribs on a white plate, garnished with a sprig of parsley
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This 5-star recipe starts low and slow in the oven for a couple of hours to cook the ribs until tender, and finishes with a quick trip to the grill to put the seal on the sauce.

5. Baked, Marinated, and Grilled

A rack of ribs cut into portions on a grill
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Try this recipe: Barbequed Ribs

Give yourself plenty of time for this three-part recipe, although like all baked rib recipes, most of the time is hands-free. First, you'll bake the ribs low and slow for a couple of hours, then you'll season them with a dry rub and let them sit in the fridge overnight. The next day, you'll brush them with homemade BBQ sauce and finish them off on the grill.