Easy Oven Baked Ribs with Blueberry Bourbon Sauce

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

Easy oven baked ribs with blueberry bourbon sauce - The Foodie Affair

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

Dessert Ideas

Beverage Ideas

Instead of tackling the grill for your next rib cookout, give this easy recipe a try!

Easy oven baked ribs with blueberry bourbon sauce - The Foodie Affair
Easy oven baked ribs on a baking sheet

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!
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Course: Uncategorized
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 919kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer



  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 919kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 32g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 253mg | Sodium: 483mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g


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.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!