Baked beef ribs in the oven make a deliciously juicy, savory meal with a touch of sweetness for your next dinner party or game-time appetizer.

Oven baked beef back ribs on a wooden cutting board.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy beef rib dinner, this beef back rib recipe is the way to go! They take right at two hours to cook, and they’re delicious!

So what are beef back ribs anyway?

A beef back rib is a relatively long curved bone slab of meat cut from the upper torso area. Essentially its what is leftover after cutting away the prime rib.

Because most of the meat stays with the prime rib (understandably), you will be left with just the meat between the bones.

This makes these ribs typically less expensive than the meatier beef short ribs.

Juicy beef ribs with caramelized bbq sauce.

beef short ribs vs. back ribs

Short ribs are cut from the underside of the cow with a thick layer of meat followed by a layer of fat on top of the bones.

You’ll find short ribs to be the preferred choice of many cooks because of the amount of meat these ribs come with.

However, there are many, myself included, that prefer the leaner back ribs because of their exceptional flavor.

Please note that this recipe is not intended for short ribs as the cook times will be considerably longer for that cut.

Sliced oven baked beef ribs.

How to cook beef ribs in the oven

Ingredients

  • Beef back ribs
  • Dry rub, use your favorite or make the one below.
  • Barbeque sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar

Be sure to check out the printable recipe card below for exact measurements!

Beef back ribs recipe

  1. Fully defrost ribs
  2. Combine bbq sauce with apple cider vinegar.
  3. Coat both sides with the dry rub.
  4. Then, brush on barbeque sauce.
  5. Lightly oil a large cast iron skillet and place the ribs in, bone side down.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake @ 300°F for an hour and fifty minutes.
  7. Remove the aluminum foil and increase oven temp to 375 to bake for an additional fifteen minutes or until the sauce carmelizes.

Tuck a napkin in your shirt and enjoy!

Stretch these tender beef ribs further by serving with juicy pulled pork and a side of cornbread.

Raw beef ribs on wooden counter with homemade smokey dry rub.
Applying dry rub to ribs.

Dry rub recipe

  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each of garlic and onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

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Ribs baked in a cast iron skillet.

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Why these BBQ ribs are right for you!

Such an easy recipe with little hands-on time required.

Its delicious smokey flavor will satisfy your longing for the backyard bbq year round.

So sticky and smokey you can enjoy the smokehouse flavor anytime you want from the comfort of your home.

Cutting apart beef ribs with a scissors.

Tips:

  • Tightly wrap any leftovers in aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Then, reheat in the oven at 225° until warmed through.
  • Choose a high quality meat from a reputable source. I buy my meat locally so I can know exactly where my meat is coming from.
  • Baste the meat before cooking in your favorite bbq sauce.
  • Leave the aluminum foil on to trap the steam keeping the meat nice and tender.

Beef ribs in the oven

If this is the first time you have had the opportunity to make beef ribs in the oven, you are in for a real treat!

These ribs are fall off the bone tender, paring perfectly with homecooked baked beans. Or stretch them further with some stovetop brats!

And best of all, they are made entirely in a cast iron skillet so you can spend more time eating and less time cleaning.

Make these oven-baked beef ribs tonight, and be sure to leave a comment below! I love to hear from you!

Close up of juicy tender, ribs covered in a bbq sauce glaze.

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Oven baked beef back ribs on a wooden cutting board.

Tender Oven-Baked Beef Back Ribs

Laura Ascher
Juicy, tender, fall of the bone delicious beef ribs with a homemade smokey dry rub.
4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 779 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds of beef back ribs approximately 8 ribs
  • Dry rub see below
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite barbeque sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut oil

Dry Rub

  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon each of garlic and onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F
  • Mix apple cider vinegar into the bbq sauce.
  • If necessary, cut the slab of ribs in half so they will fit inside a 12" cast iron skillet.
  • Generously coat both sides with the dry rub and follow up with a light brushing of bbq sauce.
  • Next, lightly coat the bottom of the skillet with coconut oil and then add the ribs, placing them with the bone side down.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Remove foil, increase the temperature to 375° and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Notes

  • Allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into it.
  • I don't usually cut away the fat and membrane from beef ribs, as I find it to cook down just fine. So it really comes down to personal preference.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ozCalories: 779kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 62gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 1915mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24g
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  1. Have made these 3 or 4 times in the past 6 months, “Absoulety” amazing! I did by mistake buy the short ribs once (very greasy). I get mine at Costco and they turn out Perfectly!

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