Easy Oven Baked Pork ribs are melt in your mouth delicious. Grab a napkin and get prepared for some fall-off-the-bone goodness.
Oven Baked Pork Ribs are the definition of juicy and tender. The secret? Marinating them in Coca-Cola helps tenderize the meat, while also giving them a hint of sweetness. Gotta love the combination of sweet and salty, am I right?
How to Make Oven Baked Pork Ribs
No need to fire up the grill here. These ribs are baked 100% in the oven, making it possible to bring the flavors of summer to your table year round. Follow the simple steps below and let the finger lickin’ begin:
- Preheat your dutch oven with oil. Season the rack liberally with salt, paprika and pepper. Brown each side for texture. Set aside.
- Dice onions. Sautee in the fat from your seared ribs.
- Place ribs back in dutch oven and pour coke right on top.
Choosing Sauce to Serve With Pork Ribs
You can’t have killer ribs without an equally killer sauce. Whip up one of the below (or all three!) and let’s get to dippin’.
- The Classic BBQ Sauce: Classic, smoky and sweet. The perfect sauce for a rib purest.
- The Dipping Ranch Sauce – Creamy, tangy ranch really compliments the flavor of the ribs so well. Don’t forget to make a batch of fries to round out your dipping party.
- Tzatziki Sauce – For the adventurous eaters out there, try whipping up some tzatziki to dip your ribs in. This Greek yogurt dip is crisp and refreshing with fresh herbs and cucumber.
Can’t forget sides: Mashed potatoes, Air Fryer French Fries, macaroni salad, corn on the cob and coleslaw are all great sides to pair with your ribs. Whip up one or make them all for a complete feast! Just don’t forget to round the meal out with something sweet and equally delicious. What about a Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cake?
Is it better to bake or grill ribs?
It really depends on what you prefer. Grilled ribs will be a bit more crispy and smoky, while baked ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender. I like making baked ribs in the winter when it’s too cold to BBQ and grilled ribs during the summer when all you want to do is be outside in the sunshine.
What temperature do I cook ribs on?
The key here is to go low and slow. Cook your ribs on 280°F to prevent them from burning and to really extract all the juicy goodness. P.S. Your house is about to smell amazing.
How long to cook ribs in the oven?
It should take about an hour and a half on 280°F to get your ribs tender. However, feel free to keep them in a bit longer if you want them even more tender. The great thing about the dutch oven is that the ribs aren’t on direct heat and they can really have the space to tenderize without burning.
Storing Leftover Pork Ribs
- Refrigerating – Store your ribs in an airtight container in the fridge. They should stay good for about a week. When you’re ready to eat, pop them in the oven for a bit to heat them through or nuke them in the microwave.
- Freezing – Allow your ribs to cool down completely. Transfer the into a freezer safe bag for storage. They should stay good for about three months. Allow them to defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven or microwave.
Pro Tip: When making chili, throw a couple of frozen ribs in the pot and allow the meat to fall off the bones. Remove the bones and have yourself a big bowl. Yum!
Other Ribs Recipes to Try
- Amazing BBQ Ribs Recipe – Looking to grill? Try this rib recipe instead.
- Quick Stir Fry Recipe – Nothing says an easy weeknight dinner quite like a stir fry.
- 30 Minute Instant Pot Ribs – These ribs come out so tender and are fast to make!
- Korean Air Fryer Pork Ribs – Ribs with an Asian twist. Delicious!
- 2 lb pork ribs
- 2 large onions
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp salt adjust to taste
- 1 tbsp ground black pepper adjust to taste
- 12 oz coke
- Preheat a dutch oven with oil over medium-high heat. Season all the sides of ribs with salt, paprika and pepper. Fry each side of the ribs until it turns golden brown. Remove from dutch oven and set aside.
- Dice onions into half rings. Place onions into the grease that was left from the ribs and sauté until golden.
- Add ribs back to the dutch oven. Pour coke over the ribs.
- Bake ribs for about 90 minutes at 280°F. Use a fork to poke through, to confirm readiness.
280°F, are you sure?
Hi Olive, that is correct. The concept is like a slow cooker. You can also make this recipe in a slow cooker if you wish.
I’m having a hard time with Temperature and cooking times like I have to take pork chops and I want a baked potato too and I cooked them together or separate
You can bake them together, maybe meet temperature somewhere in the middle,
I made these for dinner last night and they were incredible! I was surprised by how quick and easy they were. Thanks a ton for the recipe!
I'm so glad you enjoyed them, Erin! Thank you for taking the time and commenting.
Give me all the pork ribs!! Love that these are baked & they are super tasty!!
So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for your feedback!
Natalya! Do you cover the ribs or bake them open?
Hey Olga, We bake them covered. Great tip to add to the recipe, thanks for asking!
Please add to the recipe.
Hi Steve- can you please clarify your comment? 🙂
We LOVE this pork rib recipe!! Can't wait to make this again and again!
Enjoy the recipe, Jennifer!
will they still have that dark crusty bits on them if I put them in a crock pot? How long will it take to cook on low or high?
I have not used a crock pot to make them so I cant tell you for sure.
Would this recipe be okay if I used pork riblets...?
Most definitely, I use riblets very often. Maybe the cooking time would be different but it will work great.
Would you know how long I would need to cook the riblets using this same exact recipe?
How long do u think I would need to took the riblets with this same exact recipe?
It depends how you cut them. I would check on them after 40 minutes.
Natalya, can I make them in crock pot?
Yes, you can use crock pot. Cooking time might be different, you can poke with the fork to see when they are ready.
wow. i thought the dark comes from the bbq sauce.. very interesting. seem very easy to make. will let you know how they turn out.
Yeah they endup having a nice glaze. I hope you love them 🙂
Love pork ribs! Having them once in a while doesn't hurt. 🙂 I like that they are so easy to make!
for sure 🙂
These ribs look so good. The dark sauce looks like BBQ sauce but I guess it's not?! Is it just the sauce from cooking in the dutch oven? We are not much of a pork eaters either. I like organic meat and organic pork is hard to find and expensive.
Dark crust comes from frying on a skillet and also baking. I agree with you, but once in a while its ok 🙂