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How to Cook Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs Recipe

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This easy recipe will show you how to cook ribs in the oven so they just fall off the bone!  Following just a few easy steps, you can go from being a novice cook to a grill master in no time.

These ribs are perfect to make for a Summer BBQ, a Super Bowl party or just getting together with family and friends.  Add a side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a batch of Homemade Lemonade and you’ll be all set!

a rack of fall off the bone ribs that were cooked in the oven and covered in bbq sauce laying on a table with parchment paper underneath

Easy Fall Off The Bone Ribs

This MASTERPIECE recipe was shared with our family by my brother-in-law. Before he showed me how to cook ribs, I never attempted them because I was too intimidated to try. But I wrote down every step and took pictures of it all with this blog post in mind so you can see how easy and delicious these are! BEST.RIBS.EVER.

When I ate them first the first time, I couldn’t believe how easy they were to eat.  The ribs just fell off the bone when I took a bite!  Even my younger kids loved these!  The last time we had ribs they got tired of trying to tear the meat from the bone, so they just gave up.

*WARNING* The following pictures were taken with my cell phone in a dark kitchen, so they are not the best quality, but I had to work with what I had and my brother-in-law wasn’t going to wait around for the perfect lighting to feed our starving family! 🙂 

Items Used To Cook Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Baked BBQ Rib Ingredients

  • Pork ribs (you can also use beef ribs)
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Your favorite BBQ Sauce

step by step pictures of cutting the membrane off the ribs and putting the rub on the ribs which are important steps if you want your ribs to fall off the bone when you're done cooking them in the oven

How To Cook Ribs In The Oven

1. Make the rub for your ribs by mixing together the brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a medium sized mixing bowl.

2. Trim off the excess fat from your ribs.

3. Cut and pull off the thin membrane on the underside of the ribs. (This really helps the meat to fall off the bone so much easier!) I had never done this before so it was fascinating to me!

4. Rub both sides of the ribs with the dry rub mixture. Pile it on and really work the mixture into the meat as best as you can. You don’t need to do too much on the underside as most of the flavor will need to go on the meat which is on the top.

5. Wrap each rack in aluminum foil two times to insure no flavors drip out during the baking process. Let the ribs marinate for several hours or in the refrigerator overnight. (This recipe takes a lot of patience, which is something I am working on!)

6. Bake in the oven at 220 degrees F for 5 hours. (Again, patience my friends.)

7. Preheat your BBQ, drench with your favorite BBQ sauce, and throw those ribs onto the grill! The meat should already be cooked so just grill them long enough to get the smoky flavor and BBQ feel.

two ribs that were cooked in the oven on a plate next to pasta salad and watermelon

What To Serve With Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Tips For Making Fall Off The Bone Ribs

  • When baking the ribs in your oven, some people prefer to bake the ribs in foil on a cookie sheet, but we just place the foil-wrapped ribs directly on the oven rack. (We lined the bottom of the oven with a couple sheets of foil to catch anything that might fall.)
  • My brother in law also flips the racks of ribs each hour… but his schedule must not be as busy as mine! He said this isn’t necessary, it just gives him something to do and lets the awesome smell start floating through the air! If you don’t want to keep flipping them, bake them upside down so all the juices drip into the meat instead of into the bones.
  • Be very careful when you flip the ribs. One time when I flipped them, there was a hole in the foil and a lot of the juices came out and got all over my oven door. If this happens, here’s an Easy Way To Clean Your Oven Glass.

Fall Off The Bone Ribs Recipe

Now that you’ve seen just how easy it is to make these delicious ribs, it’s your turn to give it a shot!  Leave us a comment below and let us know how much you liked them or tag us on social media and show us just how easily these ribs are to enjoy!

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Fall Off The Bone Ribs Recipe

This easy recipe will show you how to cook ribs so they just fall off the bone! Go from being a novice to a grill master in no time.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, bbq, ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 Racks
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Ribs we used pork ribs, but you can use beef if you'd like
  • Your favorite BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Make your rub by mixing together the brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Trim off the excess fat from your ribs.
  3. Cut and pull off the thin membrane on the underside of the ribs.
  4. Rub both sides of the ribs with the dry rub mixture. Pile it on and work the mixture into the meat as best as you can. You don't need to do too much on the underside as most of the flavor will need to go on the meat which is on the top.
  5. Wrap each rack in foil two times to insure no flavors drip out in the baking process.
  6. Let this marinate for several hours or in the fridge overnight.
  7. Bake in the oven at 220 degrees for 5 hours.
  8. Warm up your BBQ grill
  9. Drench the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce, and place them on the grill long enough to get the smoky flavor and BBQ feel.

a rack of delicious fall off the bone ribs on a table with a side of bbq sauce next to it

This recipe originally published on Somewhat Simple in January 2010

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