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Oven-baked ribs

Total Time
3 hr 20 min
30 min
2 hr 50 min
“Cook-in” ribs (or baked, not grilled, ribs) are very handy for cold rainy days or if grilling just isn’t your thing. They only take a little time to put together, then you just let the oven take over. Once the ribs are finished cooking, you can heat up the grill and place them on the grate for a few minutes to add a little char. Look on to find the recipe for the Sweet & Spicy KC BBQ sauce. It's really delicious and a perfect match with the spice rub on the ribs.



5 Tbsp, Dijon

Chili powder

2 Tbsp

Smoked paprika

2 Tbsp


2 Tbsp, sweet paprika

Kosher salt

1½ Tbsp

Onion powder

1 Tbsp

Garlic powder

1 Tbsp

Black pepper

2 tsp, coarsely ground

Ground nutmeg

¼ tsp, (optional)

Uncooked baby back ribs

5 pound(s), (2 full slabs), membranes removed and meat trimmed of excess fat

Sweet & Spicy KC BBQ Sauce

2 cup(s), (see recipe in the WW app), warmed, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 275°F. Set wire rack inside large rimmed baking sheet. In small bowl, whisk mustard, chili powder, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and nutmeg (if using) to make very thick paste. Pat ribs dry with paper towels. Massage spice mix all over ribs. Arrange ribs on prepared wire rack. Cover tightly with foil. Bake ribs until bones can wiggle away from meat, about 21⁄2 hours.
  2. Remove ribs from oven. Remove foil and increase oven temperature to 475°F. Brush 1⁄4 cup BBQ sauce over ribs. When oven reaches 475°F, return ribs to oven and bake until meat is charred in spots and sauce caramelizes, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with remaining 13⁄4 cups warmed BBQ sauce.
  3. Serving size: 1 rib and 1 tbsp sauce