Dry Rubbed Oven Spare Ribs


Besides the pot roast a few weeks back, I haven't done very much in the realm of roasing and braising. But, since exploration is what this blog is about, and they were on sale, I decided to make some ribs.

I wanted to keep it simple, so these ribs were dry-rubbed, wrapped in foil, and tossed in the oven.

Dry-rubbed oven spare ribs title image

I got this recipe from the Man Fuel blog.

I've never done this before, but it was pretty easy. It just takes a really, really long time: 4-5 hours total. 1-2 hours marinating, and 3-4 hours baking in the oven.

While you're waiting for the ribs to cool, you can toss together some biscuits and instant mashed potatos (I'm not normally a fan, they always end up kind of gummy, but they were here and I needed some veggies).

They were truly fall-off-the-bone tender, though the sugared rub leaked out of the foil packet and carmelized on the pan. I think next time I need to make the packet better to keep in all the juices, but they still tasted pretty good (which I imagine was mostly the BBQ sauce).

It just takes so damn long...


  • 1.5-2 lbs beef ribs
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp oil
  • BBQ sauce


Put all the spices in a bowl. Add the oil, and mix well. Spread the rub over all sides of the ribs. Put the ribs in an airtight container for 1-2 hours, or overnight if desired.

Preheat oven to 250°. Wrap all the ribs in aluminum foil, place on a baking sheet, and bake for 3-4 hours.

Afterward, open the top of the aluminum foil, set the oven to broil, and broil for about 5 minutes.

Remove from oven, spread on some BBQ sauce, and serve.



Not a lot of ingredients here, which is good.

Put the spices in a bowl

Put the spices in a bowl.

Add the oil

Add the oil and mix it all together.

The finished rub

The rub will look like this when ready.

Rub the front

Rub all sides of the ribs.

Rub the back

Then, get out the tin foil.

Onto foil

Place the foil onto a baking sheet, and put the ribs on the foil.

Wrap the ribs

Wrap the ribs, putting the seam on the top. My big mistake was putting the seams on the bottom, which let the rub leak out of the foil with the escaping water from the ribs.

Put in the oven

Put them in the oven, and then go watch a movie. I recommend Kingsman: The Secret Service.

After the movie, you can make whatever other accompaniment you want (potatoes and biscuits sounded good to me).

It's done!

Once they're done, remove them from the oven.

Open the top

Open the top and look inside. If you'd like, turn on the broiler and toss them back in the oven for 5 minutes to develop the color.

Add BBQ sauce

Add some BBQ sauce right before serving.

Glamour shot