Sweet and Smoky BBQ Ribs

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Ribs

For National BBQ Day I am making BBQ pork ribs, along with a homemade dry rub AND BBQ sauce! I don’t know where you are, but I’m in Arizona where it’s HOT! At 111 degrees, I plan to stay inside and cook in the air conditioning. The heat will not stop me from celebrating July 4th with some delicious BBQ made from my own kitchen.

Oven BBQ

Oven BBQ Ribs

Not only is it blazing hot outside, but we live in an apartment complex with only a few grills. They are out of propane 75% of the time, so I decided to make some oven-baked ribs instead. The meat falls off the bone and does not skimp on flavor.

Sweet and Smoky

Extra Meaty Back Ribs
Seasoned Back Ribs

I started with a Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub, see recipe below. A day before cooking I removed the silver skin from the ribs and rubbed them with seasoning to marinade. The recipe for the BBQ rub makes 2 cups because I love to have it on hand. Feel free to halve the recipe if you don’t want so much leftover.

BBQ Rub and Sauce

For this recipe I created my own Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub, which happens to be delicious on any meat. I also made chicken breast with this rub and it was amazing! The recipe makes 2 cups of rub because I love to have extra around for sauces and seasonings.

Dry BBQ Rub

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub is one of the ingredients used in the Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce recipe. Are you starting to see the pattern here? Using the rub in the BBQ sauce enhances the sweet and smokey flavors in the ribs. It also helps to keep the flavor profile the same throughout the entire dish.

BBQ Sauce

Baking the Ribs

Seasoning Ribs

When making these ribs, you can use whichever BBQ seasoning and sauce you’d like. But of course I like to my make everything on my own! These ribs marinated in the rub for 24 hours before I baked them. I wrapped them tightly in foil and put them on a baking sheet. They baked for 3 hours and 15 minutes in a 300-degree oven. Once they were done baking, I glazed them with the BBQ sauce. They went back into the oven and broiled for 3-5 minutes until the sauce was bubbling.

Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

Once done, I tried cutting the ribs, but they were so tender that they just fell right off the bone. I love fall off the bone meat because it is tender and so easy to eat. Cooking ribs low and slow is the key to making them tender. Cooking them in the oven is a great way to stay out of the heat. Plus you get the amazing smell in the house while they are cooking.

You can find the recipes for the rub and sauce below, or in these links:

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce

I made these ribs to go on the side of my one-pot macaroni and cheese, and tangy Dutch Oven Collard Greens. What are your favorite BBQ sides?

Looking for more BBQ recipes? Check out:

Instant Pot BBQ Brisket

Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Ribs

Oven-baked ribs that are fall-off-the-bone tender with a sweet and smoky dry rub and sauce
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ
Servings 3 servings

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub or other BBQ seasoning
  • 1 rack spare ribs
  • 1/4 cup Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce

Instructions
 

  • Remove silver skin from the back of the ribs using a knife or paper towels. It comes off easy when you grab the corner with a paper towel and pull.
  • Rub ½ a cup of Sweet and Smoky BBQ rub, or other BBQ seasoning, on both sides of the ribs and let marinade for up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 300° F.
  • Wrap ribs tightly in foil and ensure they are sealed. Place on a sheet pan and bake for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and remove foil from ribs. Glaze ribs with ¼ cup of Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce, or your favorite BBQ Sauce.
  • Return ribs to oven and broil for 3-5 minutes.
  • Enjoy with your favorite BBQ sides and sauce!
Keyword BBQ, BBQ Ribs, Oven Baked, Ribs
BBQ Rib Rub

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub

A dry rub with sweet and smoky flavors, perfect for BBQ or seasoning.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine BBQ
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp cumin

Instructions
 

  • Combine all spices and stir or shake well. Use as a dry rub or a seasoning for sauces.
Keyword BBQ Rub, Seasoning
BBQ Sauce Ingredients

Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce

A barbecue sauce with sweet and smoky flavors and a perfect consistency.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine BBQ
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub, or other BBQ seasoning
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

  • Over medium-low heat and add sliced onions and a pinch of salt to a saucepan. Let the onions start to sweat.
  • Add Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub or BBQ seasoning to the onions and stir until all onions are coated in seasoning.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Stir well to combine and turn the heat up to medium to bring mixture to a boil.
    BBQ Sauce Ingredients
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low and stir. Cover and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid mixture sticking to bottom of pan.
  • Remove from heat let cool for 15 minutes. Enjoy over your favorite BBQ.
    Homemade BBQ Sauce
Keyword BBQ Sauce


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