This is how to slow cook ribs in oven 200 degrees. The best way to bake the tenderest pork ribs with bbq sauce for dinner. Don’t rush it. Yes we love our ribs in oven at 350 turn out well but super slow is the way to go if you have time to do it, we promise.
This is how to slow cook ribs at 200 perfectly. If you don’t have a slow cooker but want to get the same tender fall off the bone effect you can bake them in the oven this way! Use our pork chop dry rub on the outside for a sweet and savory flavors and you need NO sauce beyond that. (affiliate links present)
Slow Oven Baked Ribs
If you loved our Crockpot ribs Coca Cola recipe, but don’t quite have all day to get it done this is similar but using the oven. The ultimate best way to get fall off the bone pork ribs. There are a few different types of racks you can choose from. Beef would be from a cow of course, has plenty of meat but won’t get nearly as tender.
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- St. Louis ribs have the most meat of them all, with a bone.
- Spare ribs are long and flat that come from the pig’s belly area with the 2nd most meat, and what we used here.
- Baby back ribs come from the pig’s back and are shorter and narrower than spare. There isn’t as much protein on the bone as far as these goes. Not my choice.
- Country style ribs are boneless which is nice but not “true ribs” since
Then there are rib tips which are basically the end, tip, hard area cut off and sold together occasionally. There isn’t much meat on this but some if you want a bit of a struggle.
How Long to Cook Ribs in Oven
You are going to need a good 5 hours to get this done. Cook time will depend on how large your rack is and how thick the meat on the bone is as well, of course. One of the most important steps to get the ideal texture is to remove the membrane attached to the bone. I will explain how to do that in the steps below with a link.
That thin lining will prevent your protein from pulling away from the bone so it needs to be sliced and then pulled off. No matter whether you pressure cook, slow cook, bake in the oven or try air fryer bbq ribs you will not want to skip this step.
- 2.5 pound rack of pork ribs
- Your favorite barbecue sauce
- salt and pepper
As far as equipment all you need is a baking sheet that is large enough, and some non stick foil. If you have a rather long one just slice it in half and lay next to one another. You do not want them to overlap or else the hot air won’t be able to permeate all the areas and it won’t get done evenly all the way around.
Slow Cook Ribs in Oven 6 Hours
You may need up to 6 if yours is larger than 2.5 pounds. This feeds our family of 4 quite well with 1 big daddy eater at home. I typically slice off 3-4 pieces for each of us girls and my husband gets the rest. If I want leftovers for the next day I will buy a one that is another pound or so. It saves really well actually if stored correctly.
- Preheat oven to 200 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Remove the membrane from ribs if in tact.
- You can cut the ribs if they don’t fit into your pan.
- Place the ribs, meat side up, onto the baking sheet.
- if you want to add a savory and brown sugar sweet dry rub recipe for meat you can do this on the racks of the ribs, on all sides of the ribs until coated nicely
- Put in the oven and cook low and slow for 4-5 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 190 F
- you can pull the bone out easily at this point
- should be tender and juicy
- Remove from oven, and coat with barbecue sauce.
- Broil for 3-5 minutes or until crisped on the top.
How to Slow Cook Ribs in Oven
200-225 degrees F is ideal for a low and slow baking pork ribs in the oven. You can use beef as well but for fork tender fall off the bone meat I would go for spare ribs or St. Louis style.
You can do this either way. With a really low temperature covering ribs with foil isn’t necessary. Once the meat pulls away from the bone you can add sauce and switch to broil to crisp up the top until golden brown to your liking.
Pork Ribs in Oven
The sauce at the end is up to you. If I use a dry rub at all many times I won’t bother with anything else. There is PLENTY of flavor with just that, for sure. In the case that I cook these as is then to us sauce is for sure necessary. Barbecue sauce is an easy one to serve it with but if you have never had teriyaki ribs they are so so good too.
Can You Reheat Leftover Ribs
Of course. You want to make sure you save them correctly first though so they don’t dry out. The best way to store leftover ribs is in a freezer bag, hands down. Not only that though but you have to suck out all of the air before you zip it shut. Using a vacuum sealed bag is even better. Brush on some sauce on the meat first to seal in the moisture as well.
When ready take it out of the fridge and leave it on the countertop for 20 minutes or so. You can reheat again in a 200 degree oven covered with foil with additional sauce on the top for 30 minutes or until warmed. If you need a quicker method then put on a plate, with sauce on the top, wrapped in a paper towel over the top and microwave for 2 minutes or so until proteins are warmed to your liking.
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Slow Cook Ribs in Oven 200 Degrees
- Preheat oven to 200 F and line a baking sheet with foil. Remove the membrane on the ribs if in tact. You can cut the ribs if they don't fit into your pan. If you want to coat the outsides with a dry rub do so at this time.
- Place the ribs, meat side up, onto the baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 4-5 hours or until internal temperature measures 190 F and you can pull the bone out easily.
- Remove from oven, and coat with barbecue sauce. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until crisped on the top.