vinegar baked pork ribs

Looking for an all-weather, year-round way to cook ribs? Bake them in the oven.

Chowhounds agree that the best way to cook super-tender ribs without a grill or smoker is to do them low and slow in the oven, covered or wrapped in foil. TorontoJo cooks hers at 250F for 4-5 hours, while groover8 finds that 3 hours at 300F does the job. Put the rack of of ribs on a sheet pan and cover tightly with foil.

easy baked ribs


Biggie recommends putting a tablespoon or two of liquid (he likes apple juice) in with the ribs to make them even more moist and tender. When they’re cooked, remove the foil and crank up the oven or put them under the broiler for a few minutes on each side to get a nice crust. This is also the time to add sauce if you want to.

Tonyjlive won a rib cook-off using this cooking method for pork spare ribs. Here, he shares his winning dry rub and BBQ sauce recipes:

Award-Winning Dry Rub for Ribs

(Rub over ribs and refrigerate overnight before cooking)

  • handful of brown sugar
  • 20 grinds of pepper
  • 4 pinches of salt
  • 2 pinches of cayenne
  • 2 pinches of paprika
  • pinch of chili powder
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of onion powder
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of allspice
  • pinch of cloves

Award-Winning BBQ Sauce

(Remove foil and brush over ribs at end of cooking)

Saute 1/2 cup minced onion in butter and vegetable oil, then add the following and simmer for 25 minutes:

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 oz. of Southern Comfort
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • pinch of salt
  • few grinds of pepper
  • few dashes of cayenne (optional)

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