How to Cook Beef Ribs in the Oven?

Samprity Mondal
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Don’t have a smoker or grill but still want to make beef ribs at home? Well, fear not because with these recipes, you can cook them in the oven! Read till the end to find out how to cook beef ribs in the oven for a savoury filling meal.

Beef ribs are a delicious way to fill your stomach. They make a perfect centerpiece for any meal, be it dinner or lunch. There are many methods and ways to cook beef ribs. All of these methods make it taste differently.  They take a long time to cook. However, they are worth all your time.

Beef ribs are extremely popular and sold out frequently, so if you have planned beef ribs for dinner, you better get the ingredients in advance!

tender beef ribs
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How to Cook Beef Ribs in the Oven?

Beef ribs are usually the best when you grill them. However, that is too much hassle, so let’s explore some more delicious beef ribs recipes that can be cooked in the oven and are just as good, if not better.

1. Oven Baked Beef Ribs with BBQ Sauce 

You only need a few ingredients to prepare this oven-baked beef ribs recipe. Time is what you will need the most, as this recipe takes a long tome to cook.

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1.1 Ingredients 

  • Ribs of beef (short beef ribs are preferred)
  • Liquid smoke (completely optional)
  • Barbecue sauce (either homemade or store-bought)
  • Salt and pepper as per taste
  • Olive oil or avocado oil

There are some other ingredients. They are optional. If you have, you can add it to make it taste better. However, if you don’t, then it’s completely fine.

  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground cayenne
  • Ground cinnamon

Add these as per your taste, and the ribs will turn out lip-smackingly good!

1.2 Procedure 

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Take a baking pan and cover the surface with aluminum foil.
  3. Brush olive or avocado oil on the aluminum foil. This prevents the beef ribs from sticking.
  4. Place the beef ribs on the sheet in one layer.
  5. Now brush some liquid smoke on the upper surface of the beef ribs (this gives it a smoky flavor as if you have grilled it on a barbecue).
  6. Now sprinkle some salt on the meat along with some pepper. Using less salt than usual is recommended, as the BBQ sauce already has salt.
  7. If you add those additional seasonings, then add them.
  8. Once you have added everything, take another layer of aluminum foil and cover the ribs. Remember to seal the edges so the air cannot escape.
  9. This helps keep the steam inside and lets the meat tenderize.
  10. You will then have to preheat the ribs in the oven for 2-2 ½  hours. This may look like a long time, but it is not, as you will be cooking them on low heat.
  11. If you prefer tender or lack the time, you can cook them at medium to medium-high for 1 to 1 ½ hours.
  12. However, the best way to eat beef ribs is when they are tender.
  13. Once done, take the ribs out (be careful and use covered gloves).
  14. Remove the upper foil and brush the bbq sauce over the beef ribs.
  15. Place them back in the oven for another 20 mins.
  16. And you are finally done.

1.3 Helpful Tips 

Here are some helpful tips to make your cooking better and easier:

  • If you have extra sauce serve them with glazed ribs .add them to the table for more flavor and juiciness.
  • Let the beef ribs rest for 10 – 15 mins before you serve them
  • There are also many other sour and sweet sauces you can serve. Below we have a sauce that will be perfect as a serving sauce with ribs.

1.4 Serving Sauce with Ribs 

This sauce goes well with every meat dish.

BBQ sauce
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1.4.1 Ingredients 

  • ⅔ cup of tomato Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • Half a teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • Half a cup of wine (red is preferred)

1.4.2 Procedure 

The process is very simple.

  1. Add all the ingredients to the small saucepan and let it heat on low heat for 10 mins.
  2. Once done, set it aside and let it cool. This homemade sauce will be good to go for a few days, at least.

2. Mustard Paprika Ribs in the Oven 

This oven-baked beef ribs recipe is unique and yet a delicious recipe. It has a prep time of 30 mins and a cooking time of 2 hours 35 mins.

tender beef ribs with mustrad and paprika
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2.1 Ingredients 

  • One rack of back beef ribs
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • A tablespoon of smoked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika1 tablespoon of garlic powder

For the BBQ sauce

  • 1 ½ cups of tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup of molasses
  • One-fourth cup of honey
  • ¼ cup of bourbon (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke2 tablespoon of the seasoning(from the ribs)
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper (completely optional )

2.2 Procedure 

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. As the oven preheats, you can start preparing the beef ribs.
  3. Separate the membrane on the back of the ribs (to do that cut a corner with a butter knife and then, using the paper towel, grip the membrane and pull it ).
  4. Coat the ribs with yellow mustard sauce. This will act as a binder and help the seasoning stick with beef ribs.
  5. Combine all the dry ingredients in a container to make a seasoning blend. Season the ribs really well for the flavor to get absorbed.
  6. Then let the meat rest for 20 mins at least so that seasonings can mix in it.
  7. Cover the rib in 2 layers of aluminum foil.
  8. Place it on the wire cooling rack. This helps collect all the juice that might leak from the ribs.
  9. Once done, place it in the oven for 2.5 hours and let them bake.
  10. As the ribs are getting baked, prepare your BBQ sauce.
  11. To do that, mix all the bbq ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  12. On low heat, whisk them, and when the sauce gets reduced slightly, set it aside.
  13. Remove the ribs from the oven and place them back on the wired rack to cool.
  14. Turn the oven to broil.
  15. Take the BBQ sauce and brush it over the ribs. Put it back in the oven and cook for another 10 mins.
  16. And you are done.

2.3 Helpful Tips 

  • Let the beef ribs rest for 5 – 10 mins before serving
  • Cut the baked beef ribs into small pieces before sewing
  • Garnish with some finely chopped greens for more freshness.

3. Spicy Beef Ribs with BBQ Sauce 

This is yet another simple oven-baked beef rib recipe that will be the highlight of your table. This recipe might sound similar to the previous recipes, but it is not. It is slightly on a spicier version.

how to cook beef ribs in the oven
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3.1 Ingredients 

  • One rack of beef ribs
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado oil
  • ½ tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • ½ tablespoon of onion powder
  • Half a tablespoon of garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon of pepper
  • ½ tablespoon of mixed herbs, such as oregano and basil
  • Salt and pepper according to taste and preference.

3.2 Procedure 

  1. Start by rinsing the beef ribs and drinking them with paper towels.
  2. Once done, rub it nicely with oil.
  3. In another bowl, take the dry ingredients and mix them.
  4. Season the ribs with the seasonings.
  5. Place the seasoned beef ribs in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. This will help it soak all the seasonings.
  6. Once almost seasoned, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  7. Place aluminum foil on a baking sheet and place the ribs on the foil.
  8. Cover the beef ribs with another layer of foil.
  9. Seal the edges and cook it for 3 ½ hours at 200- 205 F.
  10. Once cooked properly, remove them from the oven and  set it aside to cool
  11. Once cooled, brush the barbeque sauce over it.
  12. Broil the beef ribs for a few minutes, and you are done!

3.3 Helpful tips 

  • You can add brown sugar if you want it to be sweeter.
  • You can also switch to pork ribs if you cannot find beef ribs.
  • Serve the remaining bbq sauce as a dipping sauce for your family, who might prefer having saucy meat.

How to Store Leftover Beef Ribs?

If your oven-baked beef ribs were not completely devoured, you can store them in an airtight container and refrigerate them. They will be good for three days at most.

You can also seal and freeze them. This makes it good for a few months.

Preheat the beef ribs in the oven to 350 degrees F when cooking them again. If they are frozen, they will take a longer time.

What to Serve along with Oven Baked Beef Ribs?

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Salad and vegetables are recommended as sides for these oven-baked beef ribs. Serving bread is also fine.

Here are some dishes that pair perfectly.

  • Smashed potato
  • Mac and cheese
  • French fries
  • Dinner rolls

There are many types of beef ribs you can choose from, .such as beef back ribs, beef short ribs, or even pork ribs.

These recipes give you some of the best oven-baked ribs that will fall off the bone when you pick them. These tender beef ribs, along with your favorite BBQ sauce, are the best way to have ribs in the oven.

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