How Do You Cook Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Ribs?

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To cook pork ribs in the oven, rub them with salt and pepper, place the meaty side down in a baking dish, and cover the dish with foil. Bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for between three and four hours before covering them with barbecue sauce. Bake for another hour.

The recipe for cooking barbecue pork ribs in an oven is to dust them with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper, and then baste them with melted butter before placing them meat-side down in a baking dish. Cover the baking dish with foil, and bake the ribs at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for between three and four hours. The ribs should be basted every half-hour with melted butter.

When the ribs are finished cooking, drain the drippings from the pan, and turn the ribs meat-side up. Cover the ribs with barbecue sauce, and return them to the oven, uncovered, for an hour.

A dry-rub method uses a rub seasoning mix and increases the oven temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, while decreasing the cooking time to three hours. The ribs are covered with foil for all but the last half-hour of cooking. Basting with butter is optional when using a dry rub.