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

12 ounce-weight: 289 calories, 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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No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 241893
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)."

Southerngent User ID: 8549862 233476
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."

[email protected] User ID: 7583608 81591
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."

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 51400
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

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

Joscy User ID: 2694585 39073
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

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

2princesses2luv User ID: 4369472 204573
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."

dewflop User ID: 216755 57217
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."

nc_mkfw User ID: 1256309 33953
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

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

nc_mkfw User ID: 1256309 51399
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!"

Punkyjoe81 User ID: 3773046 32789
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

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

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