Mom's Oven-Barbecued Ribs Recipe
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Mom's Oven-Barbecued Ribs Recipe

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My mom made these tender ribs for special Sunday suppers when we were growing up. A few common ingredients are all you need to make the zesty sauce that coats them. My family's eyes light up when I bring a plate of these ribs to the table, and company never suspects how easy they are to prepare. —Yvonne White Williamson, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 3 to 4 pounds country-style pork ribs
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Nutritional Facts

289 calories: 12 ounce-weight, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 1084mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein .


  1. Place ribs in a greased roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Drain ribs. Spoon sauce over ribs. Cover and bake for 1-1/2 hours. Uncover; bake 30 minutes longer, basting once. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Oven-Barbecued Ribs in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p29

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"These are excellent - so tender! I did make a few additions - brown sugar, chipotle chili pepper and liquid smoke (and I forgot to add the hot pepper sauce)."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"First time made exactly as recipe directed. Found to be on the bland side. Made 3 more times with a few modifications each time. Last batch was to everyone's liking.

Brined ribs 4 hrs in water with 1/4 cup salt & 1/4 cup sugar. Rinsed & patted dry before putting in baking dish.
To sauce added:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Upped hot sauce to 1 teaspoon
Baked uncovered 45 mins at 300?
Put sauce on ribs, covered dish with foil & baked 1-1/2 hrs at 250?
Uncovered dish, basted ribs with sauce & baked 45 mins
Baste ribs & broil 3-5 mins
When making any style of pork ribs in oven:
Low & slow is the way to go."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"The meat came out fantastic, I agree that the last step of cooking for 30 minutes was not needed, However, the sauce recipe however is bland even when I added the brown sugar. I ended up pouring bottled sauce on the ribs 15 minutes before I took them out of the oven."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Make again as often as possible. Loved by all!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"On board for this week. Cutting back on chili powder, also leaving out hot pepper sauce since not a fan."

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"I wish I had read the reviews and added the brown sugar. They were just ok to us following the original recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"I made these last night. I followed the recipe but did add 1/3 cup of brown sugar like others suggested . They were done after the 1 and a half hours covered, but I did take the top off and cook them about 15 min more just to make sure. This recipe is a winner for sure. They were tender, and delicious ! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"*deleted* I accidentally posted twice. sorry!"

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"I have looked and looked for a recipe to make great tasting, fall off the bone, easy country style pork ribs...and now I've found it! I hate it when people review a recipe that they've altered beyond all recognition, but I confess I did add about 1/3 cup of brown sugar just because I liked the idea of it. Other than that I made absolutely no changes...not in the recipe and not in how it said to cook them. And they were fabulous and this recipe is now my go-to recipe for ribs. I would guess if you didn't want to make your own sauce, you could probably substitute a store bought sauce and maybe add a little water to it if needed. Thanks for this recipe! You just made my taste buds happy and my life a little easier!"

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"This was so easy and made the house smell amazing. My family LOVED them!"

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