These Oven-Baked Ribs are super tender, succulent, and mouthwateringly-delicious to the bone, y’all. You’ll love how these ribs whip up with absolute ease starting with a well-spiced dry rub; then these juicy ribs get slathered in a scratch-made, Southern Cola Barbecue Sauce. This recipe is perfect for cookouts, weeknight dinner, and so much more! The most flavor-filled, oven-baked ribs recipe!
- 1 rack St. Louis-style ribs (about 3 lbs), membrane removed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or sweet/regular paprika)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1 tablespoon hickory liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 batch Cola Barbecue Sauce (or store-bought BBQ sauce)- about ½ cup, or more as desired
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Then peel off the rib membrane that’s found alongside the back/underside of the ribs. The membrane is chewy, rubbery, and prevents the spices from penetrating the underside of ribs.
- Line a large baking sheet with foil. Grab another large piece of foil (enough to span the length of the rack of ribs) and lay directly on top of the foil-lined baking sheet. Add the ribs and drizzle the oil over the front and back of ribs, rubbing oil over the ribs to fully coat.
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, chili powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and dried mustard. Stir the seasonings to fully combine. Then sprinkle the dry rub mixture over the front and back of ribs, patting the rub into the ribs. Drizzle the liquid smoke and vinegar over the ribs, and use your hands (fitted with disposable gloves, if desired) to massage the spices into the ribs until they are thoroughly covered.
- Wrap the ribs in the foil, crimping foil edges together to form a tight packet all around the rack.
- Bake the ribs for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Then remove the ribs from the oven and carefully remove the foil, discarding the foil packet that the ribs were housed in (the rendered juices inside will be hot!). Then place the rack of ribs back onto the foil-lined baking sheet.
- Brush both sides with the cola barbecue sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce), and turn the oven on broil. Broil ribs until the sauce is nice and sticky, about 3-5 minutes. Then remove from the oven and let ribs sit for 5 minutes. Serve these oven-baked ribs immediately with extra sauce, if desired. Enjoy ribs alongside your favorite sides!
- Storing leftover ribs: Keep leftovers stored inside of an airtight container. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. Then reheat in the microwave, oven, or air fryer until warmed through.
- For best recipe success, please read the blog post & notes in its entirety with video tutorial before beginning.
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