Some recipes for oven-baked barbecue ribs include best-ever barbecued ribs from Bon Appetit and Emeril Lagasse's oven-baked barbecue baby back ribs featured on the Food Network website. The Food Network recipe calls for and gives the instructions for a special rib rub containing paprika, pepper, salt and other spices.
Make Bon Appetit's best-ever barbecued ribs by first mixing together a rub made from 2 1/2 tablespoons of kosher salt, 1 tablespoon of dry mustard, 1 tablespoon of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Next, rub the mixture over 8 pounds of ribs, and place the ribs on foil-lined baking sheets. Cook at 350 F for 2 to 3 hours. You can then brush the ribs with barbecue sauce and char them on a grill or return them to the oven for 20 more minutes.
A good rub to slather over the ribs is Emeril's rustic rub that you can make by combining 8 tablespoons of paprika, 6 tablespoons of garlic powder, 6 tablespoons of salt, 5 tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper and 3 tablespoons of onion powder. Stir in 2 1/2 tablespoons of dried oregano and 2 1/2 tablespoons of dried thyme. Mix 6 tablespoons of the rub with 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt, and sprinkle it over the ribs prior to baking.