Finger licking Easy Oven Baked Ribs with Blueberry Bourbon Sauce! This simple recipe will be your favorite way to cook ribs all year long!
Updated May, 2019 with additional tips on cooking ribs
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Guys, this recipe is fantastic!! Like really, REALLY good.
Have you ever made a meal and thought about how delicious it was days after it was eaten?
Well, this recipe is just that! Finger licking good! This Blueberry Bourbon Sauce used should be bottled and sold at stores!
Of course, the marketing plan is all set. This bbq sauce will be prominently displayed next to the more popular brands like Sweet Baby Ray’s and Stubbs BBQ sauce.
I just need a cute label, right?
This sauce is super versatile. At first, I topped in on chicken and then shrimp, but the best combination to date is doused on ribs!
Prefer a non-boozy sauce? No problem, give this thick and delicious Low Carb BBQ Sauce a try!
Oven Baked Ribs
Will you be in charge of cooking for Father’s Day? Father’s Day is traditionally a day for being outdoors and grilling foods.
The grilling tasks are usually handled by Alan. Grilling is Alan’s domain with a couple of caveats. First, good music in the background, and second, a beer nearby.
Grilling is definitely not my strength, and I’m OK with that!
There are times Alan just isn’t available or I want him to chill and let me do all the cooking, which is why this oven baked recipe is perfect for enjoying ribs without firing up a grill.
The baked method is easy with fantastic results.
Should The Silver Skin or Membrane Be Removed From Ribs?
The layer of silver skin covers the underside of the ribs. This is the white/silver colored membrane made of cognitive tissues.
Although the membrane looks thin, it actually is tough and chewy to eat when cooked.
In addition, the membrane prevents flavor from penetrating into the meat if it is left intact.
For cooking ribs, it is recommended to remove the silver skin.
Learn how to remove silver skin from ribs by following those simple steps.
Steps To Make Baked Ribs
- First, as mentioned above, remove the silver skin.
- Second, blot the meat with paper towels and then apply a thin layer of neutral tasting oil like olive or avocado oil.
- Generously coat both sides of the meat with dry rub. I used Grill Mates Rub by McCormick. For a homemade dry rub, try this basic pork seasoning dry rub recipe.
- Place ribs on a layer of foil (meaty side up) and tightly seal the rack of ribs with foil. Place on a baking sheet.
- Cook for one hour.
- Remove from oven and open the foiled ribs and brush on the BBQ sauce on both sides of the ribs.
- Return to the oven with the foil open and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Serve up with additional bbq sauce for some finger licking good ribs!
Pork Cooking Temperature For Ribs
Since ribs have a lot of bone attached to them it is difficult to get an internal temperature using a probe, like you see in this baked pork tenderloin recipe.
According to the National Pork Board, the pork temperature for ribs should be cooked until tender.
How to tell if the meat is tender? The fork or knife should be able to easily break into the meat without sawing or pulling the meat away. The times for cooking in this recipe will give you tender ribs.
What To Serve With Oven Baked Ribs
The list is endless with ideas on what to serve with ribs, so to get the creative juices going check out the following ideas:
Side Dish Ideas
- Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-lime butter – Slow cooker recipe with a flavorful compound butter
- Mexican Style Corn on the Cob – Tender corn topped with chili powder, cotija cheese, salt and fresh lime juice.
- Low Carb Garlic Gnocchi – Fathead dough seasoned with delicious spices. You won’t miss the spud at all!
- Low Carb Potato Salad – Mock potato salad made with cauliflower. Even the most discriminating palate will be delighted with the flavor.
- Fresh Fruit Salad – Lightly coated with a simple ingredient to glisten and shine the fruit.
- Grilled Peaches Topped with Vanilla Yogurt Cream – Juicy fresh peaches lightly grilled bringing out the natural sweetness.
- Sugar Free Strawberry Puree over pre-made angel food cake – Easy puree sauce is ready in 15 minutes.
- Strawberry Tart With Almond Cream Filling – Sugar-free dessert with fresh strawberries.
- Milk Chocolate Maple Bacon Cookies – Homemade cookies with bacon! Sweet and savory deliciousness.
- Blueberry Mojito Cocktail Recipe – Simple drink with a homemade sugar free blueberry syrup.
- Watermelon Rita Cocktail – Blended or on the rocks. Which do you prefer?
- Low Carb Skinny Margarita – Made with no-carb, no-sugar sparkling lemon-lime water.
- Copy Cat Cherry Sonic Limeade – Refreshing non-alcoholic beverage for the whole family.
- Perfect Lemonade – Simple recipe with simple syrup and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Instead of tackling the grill for your next rib cookout, give this easy recipe a try!
Easy Oven Baked Ribs with Blueberry Bourbon Sauce
Tender ribs cooked in the oven and topped with a homemade blueberry bourbon sauce. Finger licking good!
- 3 pounds pork ribs
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Dry rub (pre-made - any variety)
- 2 cups Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F
Peel off the membrane that covers the bone side of the ribs. Lightly coat both sides of the ribs with oil. Apply a heavy coat of the dry rub to both sides of the ribs.
Lay ribs on foil with the meaty side up and tightly seal the foil. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for one hour.
Remove from oven and open foiled ribs and brush on Blueberry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce on both sides of the ribs. Return to the oven (keep the foil open) and bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve with extra sauce.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 919Total Fat: 72gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 253mgSodium: 483mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 53g
Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.
I recently came across a recipe for blueberry sauce and thought to myself—I *need* to make something savory with this. And this is exactly the type of thing I had in mind! I love blueberries and I don’t think they get enough love in the savory world. I’m salivating over here!
Awesome! Yes, it’s a great idea to switch up our taste buds…hope you love this recipe!
I have such a deep love for all things BBQ sauce… it’s hands down my favorite condiment but only if it’s homemade. This is one that’s made it to the top of our list – it is to DIE for. Thank you!! Perfect for ribs!
Marisa F. Stewart
We love our barbecued ribs and we’ve tried just about every sauce that there is on them. And enjoyed them all. What we haven’t tried is blueberry sauce. That sounds so mouth watering good. Blueberry season is almost here and I know this recipe is one that our family will truly enjoy. And since they ribs are oven baked, I don’t have to worry about rain ruining our feast.
You certainly can make this any time of year! Perfect if you don’t want to be in front of a grill.
Great tips for oven-baking ribs! I totally agree that the silver skin needs to me removed so that everything is nice and tender. I can’t wait to check out your recipe for blueberry bourbon bbq sauce too!
Yum! You had me at blueberry bourbon sauce! I love that these ribs are so easy to cook. I like finishing mine on the grill rather than in the oven just to add a bit more flavor to them, but it’s great to know that they can be cooked in the oven from start to finish.
Thanks for your step-by-step instructions. I absolutely love the idea of blueberry sauce on ribs, how unique. Looking forward to trying this. There are so many possibilities with that sauce. Thanks for another great recipe!
Sarah - The Fit Cookie
Those ribs look mouthwatering! I haven’t made a lot of ribs at home, but I love how easy the oven method is. Plus the blueberry and bourbon BBQ sauce sound pretty amazing together!
Such a tasty combination of flavors! The BBQ sauce makes a great Father’s Day gift too. Thank you for swing by!
Yup…blueberries are the perfect match for these ribs. My grandson LOVES ribs, and always asks for them when we have sleepovers. These are perfect…especially when we can’t make them on the grill.
Your ribs look amazing, Sandra and I’m loving the sound of the blueberry bourbon sauce! So yummy!
The sauce is so tasty, Charlie! I had another rack of ribs that I cooked up without the sauce and it wasn’t as good as these. Won’t make that mistake again!
Ok, I totally want to lick my computer screen but that would not be very lady like… Great idea to try in the oven as this weather is so unpredictable sun shine one moment and then a bad storm the next. Sharing and pinning, of course!
Thanks, Bam! Yes, we are also experiencing some wind, chill and then a blast of heat.
Thank you so much for submitting to YG! We love your recipe and we also have followed you on all available social media and hope you will follow us back – Hope to try this recipe soon!
I’m glad I found you! I have followed, except for G+. Heading there now 🙂
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
These ribs look perfect! I love that you baked them in the oven and the sauce sounds amazing!!
Super easy to bake in the oven. I’m a pretty wimpy griller 😉
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Your ribs look awesome and that sauce sounds wonderful!! It’s so fun to create your own BBQ sauce! Love that it has blueberries in it!
Homemade BBQ sauce is the BEST. I have a couple of favorite bottled brands, but nothing compares to the stuff you blend up on your own!
Agree with Rachael, looks amazing. Will be making when kids come to visit.
This is a great meal to share with family, Norma!
wow, this looks amazing! I’ve never made ribs! I can’t wait to try it!
So good, Rachel! So. So. Darn. Good!