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Country Ribs in the Oven

Total Time
Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-3/4 hours
This country-style ribs recipe is a delicious and foolproof meal to keep the whole family happy. Barbecue guests will eat them up too!

Updated: Jun. 28, 2024

If there’s a plate of ribs on the table, I’ll be covered in sauce by the end of the meal! And it’s worth it when they’re as tender and tasty as these oven-baked country-style ribs. With just a little work for a lot of flavor, our country ribs recipe feeds a crowd or makes a fantastic easy dinner for the family.

Like many of the best barbecue rib recipes, these ribs cook low and slow in the oven before getting a good slather of sauce. Return the ribs to the oven and let them cook so the sauce caramelizes. It’s foolproof, and you’ll want to make sure it’s next up on your list of recipes to try.

What are country-style ribs?

Country-style ribs are a cut of pork from close to the shoulder, unlike the rib area, where you would get traditional cuts like baby back ribs. They generally come boneless, and they’re the meatiest cut of ribs you can find. You can cook country ribs in the oven or on the grill, or turn them into tender slow-cooker ribs. They’re delicious any way they’re prepared.

Ingredients for Country Ribs in the Oven

  • Pork ribs: Country-style ribs are one of the more affordable cuts of pork. Look for boneless country ribs; if they’re bone-in, they’ll take a little longer to cook. If you only see pork shoulder, ask the butcher to cut them into country ribs.
  • Ketchup: Ketchup adds sweetness and helps get that deep caramelization that makes these ribs so tasty. Any best ketchup brand works here.
  • Worcestershire: Worcestershire sauce is a tangy, umami miracle sauce that makes everything it touches even tastier. A little goes a long way here.
  • Spices: This recipe calls for chili powder, onion powder and hot pepper sauce. Made from dried and crushed chile peppers, chili powder adds warmth and depth to your favorite dishes—and there are lots to choose from, so feel free to use your favorite brand.


Step 1: Bake the ribs

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the ribs in a large, greased roasting pan. Bake them uncovered for 45 minutes.

Step 2: Make the sauce

Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, chili powder, onion powder and hot pepper sauce in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for one minute.

Step 3: Baste the ribs

Remove the ribs from the oven and drain any liquid from the pan. Spoon the sauce over the ribs. Cover and bake for 1-1/2 hours. Uncover the pan, then bake them again for 30 minutes, basting once with sauce.

Editor’s Tip: Allow the meat to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

A plate of country Ribs in The Oven served with corn on the cob and a saladTMB Studio

Country Ribs Variations

  • Dry rub your ribs: For extra flavor, marinate the ribs with a dry rub. Try one of our homemade dry rub recipes, or buy some from the grocery store.
  • Include beer in the cooking liquid: I love cooking with beer. It’s a great substitute or addition for water or wine when you’re braising, and I think it works particularly well when cooking pork.
  • Add some aromatics: Aromatics are a lovely addition to roasts or braises. I love to add fennel fronds, star anise, bay leaves and whole peppercorns to oven-baked ribs.

How to Store Country Ribs

Baked country-style ribs can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days. Reheat in a 350° oven until warmed all the way through. You can also microwave the ribs.

Country Ribs in the Oven Tips

A plate of country Ribs in The Oven served with corn on the cob and a side of chopped saladTMB Studio

How do you remove the membrane on ribs?

Even country-style ribs have a membrane. You can remove the membrane by slipping your fingers under it and slowly pulling it away from the meat. It should pull away easily, and it will make for a tastier rib!

Do you cover country ribs when baking?

Your ribs should be covered for almost all their cooking time, except for the last 30 minutes. Keeping them covered keeps them from drying out and charring too much on the top before they’re cooked through inside.

Why are my country-style ribs tough?

To prevent your country-style ribs from getting tough, cook them at the right temperature, and cover them until the last 30 minutes. You want the ribs tender to the touch.

What can you serve with oven-baked country-style ribs?

Now that you know how to cook country-style ribs in the oven, what should you serve them with? Country ribs go perfectly with all your favorite barbecue side dishes. I love surrounding ribs with honey cornbread and lots of veggies, like corn on the cob and a green salad with basil vinaigrette. Finish with one of our backyard barbecue desserts to quench your sweet tooth.

Watch how to Make Mom\'s Oven-Baked Country Ribs

Mom's Oven-Baked Country Ribs

Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 165 min
Yield 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place ribs in a greased roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, 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.

Nutrition Facts

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

My mom made these tender oven-baked country-style 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. Everyone'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
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