Oven-Baked Beef Ribs

Oven-baked beef ribs slow-cooked in the oven for incredible results. Marinated with liquid smoke, spice rub, and braised in BBQ sauce to provide tender yet succulent meat.

oven baked beef ribs recipe

Oven baking short ribs is one of the easiest ways to prepare them, needing minimal prep and a few hours in the oven. Cooked until perfectly tender, these beef ribs are coated in spices and barbecue sauce to ensure each mouthful is better than the last.

While barbecue smoking meat may reign supreme, this recipe will show you how to achieve equally delicious results in the oven. Marinated, foil-tented, and cooked at a low 250°F (121°C), this meat is as juicy and tender as any other beef rib recipe.

oven baked beef ribs recipe

What are chuck short ribs?

Chuck short ribs come from the top of the cow, also known as the chuck area. They almost always consist of the first four or five rib bones of its rib cage, and are popular for their high meat and fat content.

This makes them well-suited to absorbing a flavorful marinade and perfect for slow roasting or smoking. Their distinct beef flavor makes them popular in Korean cuisine and goes well with gochujang sauce.

Meat prep

Before you throw your beef in the oven, you will need to prepare the rib rack by trimming and seasoning it. Here’s the best way to prepare your meat.

Fat and membrane trimming

Prepare the ribs by trimming away any excess fat or sinew, as well as the tough membrane attached to one side of the rib rack. It’s important to remove the membrane because it will make the ribs rubbery and difficult to chew.

Spice rub

To take the flavor of this recipe to the next level, I use my favorite spice rub blend to coat the meat in before cooking. The ingredients are:

  • ¼ cup smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

To make it, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Use a fork to break down any lumps and ensure that the blend is mixed as evenly as possible. Then, apply a thin coating of the rub across all sides of the beef ribs.

Serving ideas

These oven-baked back ribs are delicious on their own but you can also serve them with barbecue or homemade teriyaki sauce. If served as an entrée, a side dish of mashed potatoes, fries, or white rice is the ideal accompaniment.

To take the flavor of these oven-baked beef ribs to another level, try adding a dash of orange juice to your tented foil. The acidity will cook into the meat while it’s in the oven, adding more sweetness while also tenderizing the beef.

oven baked beef ribs recipe
oven baked beef ribs recipe

Oven-Baked Beef Ribs

Beef chuck short ribs slow-cooked in the oven for incredible results. Marinated with liquid smoke, spice rub, and braised in BBQ sauce to provide tender yet succulent meat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs beef chuck short ribs rinsed and dried
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

Spice rub

  • ¼ cup smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

Garnish

  • sesame seeds
  • parsley finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Arrange the beef ribs in a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil
  • Sprinkle liquid smoke and olive oil on ribs. Massage in well.
  • Combine spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and break down any lumps of sugar with a fork.
  • Cover ribs in foil and leave in the refrigerator for two hours
  • Preheat oven to 250°F (120°C). Remove ribs from refrigerator and tent in foil. Ensure all openings are sealed to stop heat or steam from escaping.
  • Cook in the oven for 3 hours
  • Remove ribs from oven and open foil. Brush BBQ sauce over ribs
  • We’re going to bake these in the oven at 250°F (120°C) for about 3 ½ hours.
  • Broil on low until sauce is sticky
  • Remove beef from the oven and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes. The meat should be tender and you should be able to glide a butter knife in easily.