BBQ Corner: You Don’t Need a Smoker to Cook These Delicious Ribs

by Amy Myers

If you’re worried you don’t have the proper equipment to make a batch of wonderfully messy and succulent ribs, don’t fret. As long as you have an oven, you can fall in love with these tender-as-can-be ribs.

While smokers undoubtedly add unique, rich flavors to the dish, they aren’t a requirement for good BBQ. Anyone with a pair of tongs and a good rub can whip up a rack of ribs, and that’s exactly the mentality home chef Debi Morgan had when she created her oven-baked rib recipe. Morgan recently shared her secret to this staple American meal on the Southern food blog, Quiche My Dish. The “lip-smacking” BBQ recipe also comes just in time for home cooks craving something savory as temperatures start to dip.

Morgan expressed her desire to reach BBQ fanatics that live in places that might not allow for big equipment like smokers.

“If you have a smoker and can smoke meat for 12 hours over a wood fire, that’s amazing! But, if you’re like me and don’t have a large smoking device, this oven recipe is for you,” Morgan wrote. “Fall off the Bone BBQ Ribs is an alternative way to make your favorite barbecue dinner. For those who live in an apartment or community that doesn’t allow smokers or grills, this oven method creates ribs that you’ll be proud to serve.”

Ingredients for “Fall off the Bone” Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs

  • 1 4-lb rack baby back ribs
  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s or your favorite BBQ sauce

Dry Rub Ingredients (1 tablespoon of each):

  • steak seasoning 
  • burger seasoning 
  • jerk seasoning 
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

While Morgan stands behind her concoction of spices, she claims to also be “a firm believer in using what you have.”

“As long as you add brown sugar to the mix, a little heat and a good amount of salt & pepper, life will be good,” the BBQ master advised.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dry the slab of ribs off with a paper towel.
  3. Mix the dry rub ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Place the ribs on a long sheet of aluminum foil.
  5. Generously slather the dry rub on both sides of the pork and rub it into the meat.
  6. Wrap the ribs completely in foil.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours then reduce heat to 275 and cook for 2 additional hours.
  8. Take out of oven, open foil and brush or pour on your favorite BBQ sauce.
  9. Let ribs rest for 15 minutes then cut beside each bone to serve.

Morgan recommended completing your BBQ dish with classic Southern sides like redskin potato salad, baked beans or mac and cheese.