Simple BBQ Ribs


This BBQ ribs recipe may be different than others you've tried, but for super tender ribs, give it a try! Lean, country-style pork ribs are boiled in seasoned water until tender, then finished up in the oven under a blanket of your favorite barbecue sauce as they bake to perfection. That's it! Back to simplicity, back to country life.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins

Make the perfect ribs without the grill using this tasty BBQ ribs recipe. All you need is five simple ingredients and your oven for these tender, flavorful ribs that your whole family will love.

After one bite, you'll never want to use another BBQ rib recipe ever again.

high angle view of saucy BBQ ribs served in a dish
Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

How to Make BBQ Ribs

You'll find the full, simple recipe below — but here's what you can expect when making these BBQ ribs:

Boil the Ribs

Bring ribs, spices, and water to a boil and cook until ribs are tender.

Coat the Ribs With Barbecue Sauce

Place the boiled ribs in a baking dish and cover with your favorite barbecue sauce (either store-bought or homemade).


Bake the ribs, covered, until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

When To Put Barbecue Sauce on Ribs

We like the method this recipe uses, which is to put the barbecue sauce on the ribs after they're boiled — but before they go in the oven. This will allow the ribs to get all the barbecue flavor while the sauce bakes into the ribs.

If you want, you can serve these BBQ ribs with an extra side of barbecue sauce for dipping.

What Goes With BBQ Ribs?

Ribs are quite versatile, so you can serve them with just about any side. But, if you need some inspiration, try one of these tasty recipes:

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
Garlic Mashed Potatoes Secret Recipe
Caesar Salad Supreme
Sauteed Green Beans

Learn more: 13 Delicious Side Dishes for Ribs

How to Store BBQ Ribs

Store BBQ ribs in an airtight container or zip-top bag for up to four days in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave — you may want to add extra barbecue sauce to the ribs to keep them from drying out.

Can You Freeze BBQ Ribs?

Yes, you can freeze BBQ ribs. Wrap ribs in a layer of storage wrap, then a layer of foil, and store them in a zip-top freezer bag. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the oven. You may want to add extra sauce to the ribs to keep them moist.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I've never ever made ribs before in my life. They turned out amazing!!! Family loved them! Followed the recipe exactly. I will be making these again," says Kim.

"Great method to make country ribs in the oven. Followed the recipe except added 1 tbs of onion powder & boiled ribs for 45 minutes. I also added more bbq sauce towards the end of cooking. My family gobbled this up and said it was the best ribs ever! Meat fell off the bone, which is a plus," according to Elizabeth Fontanez.

"Great recipe! Followed it exactly and my family loves it. I'm making them again today, it's my third time making them. Very easy to follow... You have to try them," raves Jackie.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 2 ½ pounds country-style pork ribs

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup barbeque sauce


  1. Place ribs in a large pot and cover with water. Stir in kosher salt, garlic powder, and pepper, and bring water to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil until ribs are tender, 40 to 45 minutes.

  2. While the ribs are boiling, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  3. Remove ribs from the pot, and place them in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Pour barbeque sauce over ribs. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the internal temperature of the pork has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

    high angle view of saucy BBQ ribs served in a dish
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
22g Fat
25g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 4260mg 185%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 517mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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