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Mom's Oven-Barbecued Ribs Recipe

Mom's Oven-Barbecued Ribs Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

jHUD2011 User ID: 7219945 74749
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

"YUMMO!!! This was so easy and so very tasty! I used most of the recipe as is except I added the worchestershire, hot sauce, some brown sugar, and a bit of ketchup to store-bought bbq sauce. I didn't need to cook my ribs the full time either. They were done in just over 2 hours! I added meat tenderizer (just to make sure nothing was tough...LOL!!!!). The family could hardly wait to eat and I got two thumbs-up from my Hubby! Thanks for a great recipe; I will definitely make this one again!"

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 74743
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"Super easy! Super good!"

Tlarochelle User ID: 6404540 82174
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"easy and kind of meal!"

tiger976 User ID: 5773271 32787
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"Very good, just what I've been looking for. I'm so tired of those sweet barbecue sauces. The only things I changed was to turn the temp down to 300 while they were cooking (covered). I could see that the sauce was boiling. Also I did not uncover & bake 30 minutes longer, they were done at that point & beginning to dry out. This is a keeper, thanks for the recipe."

puppypal81 User ID: 3831579 113983
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"This was so good! My son comes home from college in 2 weeks & I can't wait to make these when he's home. He will love them! The rest of the family gave the "thumbs up" on this recipe."

JZAnderson User ID: 1266313 51398
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"So Good! Made these ribs and they are very good. I did add a little brown sugar to the sauce and a little liquid smoke. I will defineatly make this recipe again."

sgrantham User ID: 6249296 81590
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"Love this! My mom asks me to make it all the time and says its better than hers which is a major accomplishment."

janeron User ID: 1726882 33950
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"This was good & spice but I like it sweet. I boiled the meat 35 mins., baked in 400 oven til dried a little, added sauce and baked 30 mins more at 350. Tender"

DEARAGAJ User ID: 2399251 82148
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"i have made this recipe a few times and loved it. i went back and read the reviews and decided to add 1/2 c br sugar as others had suggested. it was even better than, go ahead and add the brown sugar. it really adds to the overall flavor profile.....great and easy recipe."

s_pants User ID: 174050 81589
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Can't get any easier! I really enjoyed these "as is" and my sister thought they were wonderful. That being said, next time I think I'll try them with either brown sugar or the apricot preserves and honey being added as a previous reviewer commented."

zdb2010* User ID: 5656030 82143
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"These were great! Used first time when our BBQ was out of order and now it seems so much easier to do them this way than on the BBQ! I didn't like the sauce though, it was like a hot tomato sauce and I would most definitely say it needed the sugar. I just use my own BBQ sauce."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 32783
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Excellent flavor and easy to make."

ReneeMSomer User ID: 1211170 98853
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"I made 'as is' and was excellent and easier than my typical go-to recipe. But, for those that wanted a sweeter sauce... In the Feb 2008 'Homestyle Classics' small Taste of Home grocery cookbook... An additional hint by another user is included at the bottom of the recipe: "When I bake spare ribs, I add apricot preserves and a little honey to my favorite barbecue sauce to brush over the meat. The ribs are tangy and delicious!'"

[email protected] User ID: 4441258 33071
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"To those asking about whether or not to use brown sugar, it would depend on the kind of BBQ sauce you prefer. I don't like sweet BBQ sauces and it ruins most BBQ recipes for me. I tried this recipe without any brown sugar, just as written, and it was PERFECT for me. Loved it and yes, i will be making it again. I tried it for my husband today for father's day. He loved it. If i were cooking it for myself, i would probably make it spicier, but definitely not sweeter."

Kara L. User ID: 4075254 98852
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"We totally enjoy this recipe!! I tend to bake the ribs for a little longer to make them extra tender for my kids - and a little bit for me too!"

rfh1027 User ID: 3290300 32778
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"This recipe was delicious. i made a few minor changes. Instead of 1/8 tsp hot sauce I used cayenne pepper and I also added 1/6 cup of Maple Syrup and 1/6 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar. I roasted the ribs for 45 minutes in a roasting pan and then placed ribs in a baking pan covered with the barbeque sauce."

needsomezzzs User ID: 4392298 204572
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"I added half a cup of sauted onions intead of the onion powder to sauce. I did not use the brown sugar. My whole family really liked these just as they are. Definately a keeper!"

sharonpeak User ID: 3604717 33070
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"I appreciate the nutritional information. I like to view them when I'm checking out a recipe and then I like to have them with the recipe when I pring a copy. SP"

ErikB User ID: 4150106 113982
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"[quote user="JodyRobinson"]why do I have to print all of the nutrition facts for every recipes? When I want a recipe that is all I want I do not want to waste 5 sheets of paper getting a bunch of nonsence that I don't care about. I want a recipe only. How can I get just the recipes?[/quote] 

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JodyRobinson User ID: 4184870 51397
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"why do I have to print all of the nutrition facts for every recipes? When I want a recipe that is all I want I do not want to waste 5 sheets of paper getting a bunch of nonsence that I don't care about. I want a recipe only. How can I get just the recipes?"

gwenjc2003 User ID: 1574961 38117
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2009

"this turned out very good. i did add brown sugar for a little more sweetness and flour for thickness and it was perfect thanks to everyones comments."

tanuwij User ID: 3220291 82141
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008

"Agreed with previous comment. This is easy and tasted good. I only cooked mine for 1.5 hour, and uses flour to thicken the sauce."

wilsonk User ID: 844085 93196
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"easy and very good. Uses a lot of ketchup, when I have not had enough I have used a "taste of home" recipe for ketchup to make up the difference using tomato sauce and spices. Turns out great both ways. Gonna make 'em again tonight!"

thankG0d User ID: 3195075 113969
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2008

"I didnt use as much water because I wanted my sauce thicker and I used more hot sauce because I like it spicy and it turned out fabulous. It didnt need brown sugar because the ketchup added just the right amount of sweetness. Thanks for the recipe, no wonder it has a blue ribbon!"

buddy4 User ID: 1255803 33949
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2008

"Yes, I have had it both ways it should have brown sugar in it, otherwise its just a tomato sauce with no sweetness to it."

mapanda User ID: 274298 32723
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2008

"I agree with badkitty's comments. I looked over the recipe ingredients, and there is nothing in the sauce to make it sweet, like most barbeque sauces. You could use a bottled barbecue sauce, if you are in doubt of the sauce part of this recipe."

elaines kitchen User ID: 2223851 92971
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2008

"Adjust seasonings to taste - maybe more garlic powder - than - onion powder ! Also use Chris and Pitts BBQ sauce as base - alternate between HICKORY and ORIGINAL !!"

gassygranny User ID: 1331689 33060
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2008

"I couldn't believe I found this recipe, it is similar to the one I made years ago. I am anxious to try them, they were soooo good."

artmom User ID: 2765968 81588
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2008

"I am so glad to see this recipe again! I lost my recipe card and was pretty sure it was a Taste of Home recipe, but I have so many of the books and magazines and I was wasting a lot of time looking. Thank God for the internet! I'm a newbee at this computer stuff but I'm finding more and more applications to my simple everyday life. THANK YOU TASTE OF HOME! ( p.s.THIS RECIPE IS GREAT! Try it.)"

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