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How to Cook Ribs in the Oven

If you want a quick way to make delicious broiled BBQ ribs without cooking all day, learn how to make ribs in the oven and save all your time for eating!

Delicious pork ribs without spending all day on them? Yes, please!

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If you want a quick way to make delicious broiled BBQ ribs without cooking all day, learn how to make ribs in the oven and save all your time for eating!

Yes there is a time and place for slaving over the grill or smoker, but sometimes mama needs some ribs and she doesn’t have all day!

Read: Ribs Thanksgiving Style

Oven Broiled Ribs Recipe Ingredients

Instead of a traditional dry rub, we are going to boil these ribs until they are tender and then add the most delicious BBQ sauce before broiling.

Broiled Ribs ingredients

While the ribs are boiling, put this delicious sauce recipe to work. It is SO good!

You will need:

  • 3-4 lbs bone-in ribs (pork)
  • Ketchup
  • White vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Mustard
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Ground ginger
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Vegetable oil
Broiled Ribs prep

Making homemade BBQ sauce takes a little extra time, but if you ask me it is so worth it!

Feel free to use your own if you have a favorite or simply simmer these ingredients together for melt in your mouth deliciousness!

How to Make Ribs in the Oven

There is more than one way to cook ribs in the oven. You can bake them of course, which will take a few hours.

What I like to do is boil them in water and simmer my sauce while they boil. Then finish under the broiler.

Boiled ribs on bone

Before they go into the pot, be sure to remove the membrane from the bone side of the meat.

Then, cut the ribs apart and add them to the boiling water.

broiling ribs in baking dish

Add them to a baking dish, smother with sauce and broil for 15-20 minutes, flipping them over about half-way through.

Boiling tenderizes the meat and then the broiler finish adds a sticky glaze that is finger-licking good!

broiled ribs on a plate with salad

Sides to Eat with Oven-Broiled Ribs

If you ask me, you can’t go wrong with a delicious side of loaded mashed potatoes or potato salad.

If you want something a little different, try one of these tasty alternatives to potato salad. So good!

Don’t forget dessert! Pop this easy peach dump cake in the oven when your ribs are done and it will be warm and ready when you are!

Print the Recipe: Broiled BBQ Ribs

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Broiled BBQ Ribs in the Oven

Andrea Updyke
Learn how to cook ribs in the oven with this easy recipe for those days when you want delicious BBQ ribs but don't have time to spend all day outside.
4.65 from 14 votes

Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 517 kcal


  • 4 lbs ribs pork/bone-in
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Garlic or more
  • 1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke


  • Remove membrane from ribs (slide a knife under the membrane on the bone side and use a paper towel to pull it away – discard)
  • Separate ribs and boil for about 30 minutes (pork) or 1 and a half hours (beef) until tender but not falling off the bone
  • Mix together the rest of the ingredients and simmer on low
  • Remove ribs from water and place in 9×13 baking pan
  • Pour sauce over ribs and put under broiler for 15-20 minutes, flipping once about halfway through


These can be made with beef or pork ribs but we have found that pork is much easier to work with and just as delicious!


Serving: 1gCalories: 517kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 40gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 11gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1027mgSugar: 27g

Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.

Post updated from 2009

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Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

Wow thanks for letting me know about the ribs follow the recipe to the max the ribs came out golden brown and delicious will make these again every time I have a catering event

Colin McDaniel

Friday 18th of February 2022

You don't specify how long to boil the ribs? I would think that's important information.

Andrea Updyke

Saturday 19th of February 2022

Hi Colin, you can find the detailed instructions in the recipe card. Boiling times will vary based on the type of meat you use.

Stephanie Miller

Sunday 21st of February 2021

These are fall of the bone tender perfection! Thanks!


Sunday 21st of February 2021

Making ribs in the oven is SO Easy! I like having all the control over the cooking process, sometimes grilling gets too hot!


Wednesday 19th of August 2009

Try putting the ribs in a slow cooker on low for about 8 hours. I do that with pork ribs, after doing a dry rub of salt, pepper, onion powder, and Lawrey's seasoning salt. About an hour before eating I cover them with Bullseye barbeque sauce. Yum!

Of course, I live in Georgia where we don't eat beef barbeque and love of BBQ is something between an obsession and a religion!

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