Easy Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July.  Sorry I’ve been MIA this past week.  We traveled to the mountains of Colorado and I’ve been getting myself acclimated to the altitude, spending time with family and biking.  The weather has been perfect with temps ranging from the high 40s to mid 70s.  We’re nowhere near the wildfires but have felt some affects of it with our allergies – as have those that live here full time.  I feel fortunate to be here for the summer instead of St. Louis where the temps have been in the 90s and 100s with little breeze and high humidity.

There’s been a drought in Colorado, hence, the wildfires, so they’ve banned all fireworks.  Still, we enjoyed our holiday, taking in an art fair, walking around town, biking and taking our dogs for a hike.  Since typically it’s crowded here in Breckenridge for the 4th we decided we’d be best to eat dinner at home.  So I decided to make some BBQ Ribs with simple sides of baked beans, grilled fruit salad, watermelon and 4th of July Pavlova for dessert.  Dinner was easy and delicious!

I don’t prepare BBQ Ribs much – mainly because I’m rarely asked to, but thought they sounded perfect for the day.  I’ve never been one to slave over the grill so opted to make oven baked BBQ ribs and then finish them on the grill.  This freed up some time to enjoy the afternoon while my ribs were cooking.

I decided to purchase St. Louis style ribs vs. Baby Back, mainly because we prefer a meatier rib.  Here’s a great site that details the differences in rib cuts plus even includes a video.  I think you’ll find it informative.

I plan to share most of these recipes during this coming week, finishing up on Friday with a great giveaway that I know you’ll love!  Please stay tuned.

Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

While this cooking method for my Easy Baked BBQ Ribs may seem unconventional, try it, and you'll agree they're the tastiest ribs EVER!!!


2 slabs St Louis Style Ribs 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons smoked paprika 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper smoked salt and smoked pepper sprinkled over ribs prepared honey mustard heavy duty foil


1. Preheat oven to 300F degrees. 2. Combine sugar, paprika, and cayenne and set aside.  Rinse and pat ribs dry, trim and remove any silver skin. 3. Cover pan with heavy duty foil.  Then set each slab of ribs on its on piece of foil, enough to wrap. 4. Slather honey mustard over one side of  ribs, then sprinkle brown sugar mixture, and salt and pepper (your desired amount), flip and do the same on the other side.  Wrap long sides in first then flip up the sides and set in your foil lined pan with folded edges up.
5. Bake for 2 - 2 1/2 hours.  They're done when a knife can be inserted in the meat with no resistance.
6. With grill preheated to medium, slather ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce on both sides and grill approximately 5 minutes per side to create nice grill marks.
7. Now you're ready to eat them.  Serve with additional sauce if desired.  YUM! These ribs are so easy you won't believe how good they taste. Note:  If the weather is unseasonable and you'd prefer to do all your cooking indoors, simply slather ribs with sauce and place under the broiler until sauce is bubbling and ribs are slightly charred.    If you want to add additional spices to your rub add other seasonings to suit your tastes, or you can also purchase a ready-made rub found in the spice section of your grocery store.  You can also use various types of mustard, ranging from Jalapeno to Spicy Brown, or mild.  They're your ribs, so create them to suit your tastes. Enjoy!