How to Cook Ribs in the Oven

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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!

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

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!
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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

Broiled BBQ Ribs in the Oven

4.67 from 15 votes
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.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours
Yield: 6


  • 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: 1g, Calories: 517kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 1027mg, Sugar: 27g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

Post updated from 2009

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  1. 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

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

  2. 5 stars
    Making ribs in the oven is SO Easy! I like having all the control over the cooking process, sometimes grilling gets too hot!

  3. 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!