The very best recipe for easy fall off the bone ribs with rave reviews every time! It’s no wonder because they are delicious! A simple spice mix combining both sweet and spicy components are blended together; the pork ribs are massaged with the spices and baked for a bit. After, they are brushed with your favourite barbecue sauce and grilled.
I’ve made this easy rib recipe so many times before now, and I was always thinking that I have to share it with you all. By the time they were done, I’d just want to dig in!
Wait no longer, I tells ya! The spice blend is simply a bunch of spices you probably have on hand in your pantry (oregano, paprika, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and good stuff like that).
Note: I do use a fair bit of cayenne pepper, but you can use less if you like (or not at all).
I prepared these ribs on Saturday while having a super casual day (hey, it’s how I roll in the summer). Plus, we are actually getting to enjoy our deck a lot more. Why, you ask? Well, we (hubby) stripped the stain from our deck; it was peeling off ever so badly. Now, it looks brand spankin’ new!
We have our deck furniture out there, some potted plants and our new propane fire pit. Oh, good times! We can actually enjoy our outdoor area for the limited time we are nice weather around here. Don’t you just love summer?
Do I Have To Remove the Membrane on Ribs?
Pork ribs have a little thin layer of membrane (or silverskin) on the back (or underside) of them.
You’ll want to remove the silverskin from the ribs because it can be tough to chew. It’s easy to do, so take the few minutes to remove the silverskin before baking and you’ll be happy you did!
Best Dry Rub for Ribs
I like to keep things simple when making a dry rub for ribs and use pantry staples (while still adding tons of flavour). For this spice blend I use:
- Brown sugar
- Cayenne pepper
- Chili powder
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Mustard powder
- Salt and pepper
Tip: If you don’t like things spicy, feel free to add less cayenne pepper. If you like things more spicy, add more. You do what you enjoy best!
How to Prepare Pork Ribs for the Oven
Generously massage the dry rub on your fat-trimmed ribs, wrap in parchment paper, a little aluminum foil and throw in the oven (okay, not literally throw, but you get the drift).
The parchment paper acts as a little steamer for those ribs and keeps the moisture where it should be, in the meat.
I like to place the package in a casserole dish to catch any liquid that may leak out
How Long Should I Leave the Dry Rub on Before Cooking?
Honestly, most times, I simply rub the ribs with the spice blend and into the oven they go. But, if you have the time, rub the ribs generously with the spice blend, wrap up (per instructions below) and place in the fridge for a couple of hours, even overnight.
Do I Have to Grill the Ribs?
After the cooked ribs come out of the oven, they’re ready to eat. However, I love to coat the ribs with barbecue sauce and grill to get a little char or colour (i.e., flavour), and totally recommend grilling.
I love mine a little extra charred, but you can cook to how you like them.
Do Ribs Need To Rest After Cooking?
Nope, once the ribs are cool enough to eat, dig right in!
Best Sides To Serve With Ribs
Some of my favourite sides to serve with ribs are:
Hope you love these easy fall off the bone ribs as much as we do! They are in high rotation during the summer months around here.
Oh, don’t forget those napkins cause you’re gonna need them. But, I say when you are eating something like ribs, the messier the better (that just means it tastes extra yummy).
If you make this easy fall off the bone ribs recipe, be sure to leave a comment below!
Easy Fall Off the Bone Ribs (Rave Reviews)
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, use less if you prefer less spicy
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 pounds pork side ribs, trimmed of excess fat and silverskin
- ⅓ cup barbecue sauce, approximately (use your favourite variety)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, onion powder, mustard powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and black pepper until well combined.
- Trim ribs of any excess fat and silverskin. Pat spice mixture onto ribs, pressing into meat and covering all over.
- Wrap ribs with parchment paper. Then wrap ribs with aluminum foil. Place into a baking dish (about 9-inch x 5-inch) and bake for 2 hours, 15 minutes to 2 hours, 20 minutes or until fully cooked through. Carefully remove from oven and carefully unwrap (there will be steam).
- Preheat grill to medium-low. Brush one side of ribs with your favourite barbecue sauce. Place barbecue sauce side down on grill and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Turn and coat other side with barbecue sauce and cook for 3 to 5 minutes more. The ribs are already cooked before grilling; you just want to caramelize/warm the sauce a little. Remove from grill, serve and enjoy!
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.
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