BBQ Pork Ribs in the Oven for Fall-off-the-bone Perfection | Color Me Meg

Baked Apple BBQ Pork Ribs

BBQ Pork Ribs in the oven for fall off the bone perfection! If you have ever wanted a recipe for baked BBQ Pork Ribs, this is  it! These ribs are so easy and so delicious!

BBQ pork ribs in the oven

BBQ Pork Ribs in the OVEN

I love ordering BBQ pork ribs from the menu at BBQ joints claiming to have “the best there is”. Some are great, and some are just downright embarrassing. If you run a BBQ joint, you’d better get your ribs right!

I made it my personal quest to find the best method for cooking the ultimate fall-off-the-bone pork ribs. I’ve tried every method I could think of, from grilling, baking, to boiling. After all my experimentation, I believe I’ve come close to perfection, and pork ribs in the oven is the method I still believe to be the best.

baked bbq pork ribs

Pork Ribs- The RULES:

Rule #1 – BBQ ribs may NOT be served dry. They must ALWAYS be smothered in BBQ sauce.
Rule #2 – BBQ ribs must fall from the bone with little to no effort. Anything less is not worth eating

The key to tender and juicy and super flavorful baked pork ribs is to make a foil “tent” and then to use the ribs as a shield to hold all of the flavor goodies beneath it. BBQ ribs in the oven is a slow and low technique that makes it pretty difficult to mess up.

You can burn ribs easily on the grill or in the smoker. (I know, cause I have done it.) The oven is a safe place for the meat to get happy. Slow and low baby, slow and low.

how to make bbq pork ribs in the oven

Here are a few of our favorite go-to side dishes that will be great additions to your BBQ pork ribs!

Roasted Butternut and Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Easy Parmesan Ranch Potato Chips

Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

Easy Pasta Salad

Want a few MORE BBQ recipes? Here’s a few of our favorites!

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

BBQ Chicken Salad


bbq pork ribs in the oven


BBQ Pork Ribs

BBQ Pork Ribs In The Oven For Fall Off The Bone Perfection! If You Have Ever Wanted A Recipe For Baked BBQ Pork Ribs, This Is The Way To Do It! These Ribs Are So Easy And So Delicious!


Main Course


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Servings 4 people
Author Meg


  • 1
    baby back pork ribs
  • 1
    green apple
  • 1
    red onion
  • McCormick Mesquite seasoning
  • BBQ Sauce**
  • Honey


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line the cookie sheet with heavy foil.

  2. Slice green apple and red onion in quarters and line them up down the middle of the cookie sheet.

  3. Season the baby back ribs with the mesquite rub. Be generous.

  4. Place the ribs on top of the sliced apple and onion with the meaty side up. Do not cover in BBQ sauce yet.

  5. Cover the ribs with the foil by “tenting” over the top and enclosing the sides. You do not want the foil touching the top of the ribs. Tenting creates an open space above the ribs and allows them to cook with the steam from the apples and onions.

  6. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 hours. After 2 hours, remove from the oven and smother the top with your BBQ/honey mixture***. Re-tent and place back in the over for 1 more hour.

  7. After the ribs have finished cooking, open the tented foil and cover the ribs once more in the BBQ/honey mixture. Switch your oven to broil and let the Ribs sit uncovered under the broiler for 5-7 minutes. Check every couple minutes thereafter. The ribs are done when the sauce is lightly caramelized.

Recipe Notes

**Sweet Baby Rays Sweet and Spicy BBQ sauce or for a “lighter” sauce, try Stubbs BBQ Sauce

***4-5 tablespoons of the BBQ sauce mixed with approximately 1/2 tablespoon of honey. More or less to your taste. The honey adds a bit of sweetness but also helps to caramelize the BBQ sauce during the broil phase.

Enjoy and keep chasing the perfect ribs!!


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About Meg

I am Meg. A health and fitness coach, a color lover, and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE cooking together and doing home projects. We blog about our [mostly] healthy food and DIY adventures from sunny Arizona with our 3 cutie kids. Email me at colormemegblog at gmail dot com to work with me!

1 comment on Baked Apple BBQ Pork Ribs

  1. Melissa
    January 4, 2015 at 10:13 pm (4 years ago)

    My family of 4 being the rib lovers we are will be trying this tonight! Can’t wait. My mouth waters going over the steps to be sure I cook them properly. Thanks for sharing! I have a feeling this is fail proof!