The best oven baked Ribs

A totally delicious accident.  I had never made oven baked ribs before, but with a fairly good idea of what to do, I started  throwing spices and liquids together.  I don’t see many rib recipes that incorporate Orange Juice, Espresso powder, and Ginger, but I did. Wanna wow your friends during your Superbowl party?  Give this recipe a shot.   I guarantee these won’t last longer than the first Doritos commercial.

2 whole slabs pork baby back ribs, silver skin removed

Dry Rub:

  • 8 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

Orange Juice Syrup:

  • 2 cups Orange Juice, reduced by half
  • 2 tablespoons, ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Place each slab of baby back ribs on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil.  Pack each side of the ribs generously with the dry rub, then wrap the ribs tightly in the foil and refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight and up to 48 hours.

When ready to bake the ribs, preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Place the ribs (still in the foil packets) on a foil lined baking sheet and bake the ribs in the oven for 2 hours.

Remove ribs from foil and  brush with your favorite BBQ sauce or lightly glaze with the reduced orange juice syrup mixture. Place ribs on a shallow baking rack with drip pan. Line the bottom of the drip-pan with 1 cup of orange juice.  Cover tightly with foil and return to the oven for another 2 hours. After 2 hours, check the moisture level and add more orange juice or a OJ/Water combo if needed. Continue to cook until level of personal done-ness is achieved.  During the last 15 minutes of cooking crank up the oven to 425*F and baste again with OJ Syrup or BBQ sauce to give the ribs a crispy crust.  I like them falling off the bone, so I cooked mine for 6.5 hours.  Oven levels will vary.

Slow and low is the name of the game.


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