Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs – A Marinade for Pork Ribs in the Oven

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Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs follow a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce. Follow this easy marinade for pork ribs in the oven.

Mom's Oven Baked Pork Rib follows a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce.

Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Rib Recipe

Like the name states, this is our mom’s go-to pork spareribs recipe.  In the original recipe, these are called barbecued spareribs.  What’s unique about this particular recipe is that the ribs are parboiled which cuts down the baking time considerably.

What does it mean to parboil? It’s a cooking method that uses gently boiling water to partially cook the food.  In the case of pork spareribs, it will tenderize the meat and pull out (render) some of the fat. Parboiling will also significantly reduce the baking time. This recipe is a fast way to make pork ribs.

The sauce for these quick baked pork ribs is finger-licking, and simple.  It’s made with ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and yellow mustard.

Ingredient List for Marinade for Pork Ribs in the Oven

  • Ketchup
  • Water
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Brown Sugar
  • White Vinegar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Onions (optional)
  • Pork Ribs

How to Make Quick Pork Ribs in the Oven

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Parboil pork ribs by gently simmering in water for 25 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add parboiled pork ribs to a shallow dish; top with onion slices (optional).
  3. In a bowl, combine ketchup, water, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce, and pour over ribs.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until ribs are nicely browned.  Baste occasionally.  If desired, turn ribs half way through cooking to brown the other side.

Storage Instructions

Let leftovers cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container, and store in the fridge for up to a week.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for easy pork ribs, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post. 

Mom's Oven Baked Pork Rib follows a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce.

Recipe FAQs

  • What is a pork spare rib? This cut of meat is also known as a St. Louis style rib.  They tend to be smaller in size than a baby back rib. The ribs have meat in between each bone, and on the top of the bone.
  • Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs include a parboil step. What is parboiling?  It is when you partially cook a food in gently boiling water.  Don’t use a hard boil or you could toughen the meat.
  • Be sure to bake uncovered.  This allows the ribs to get a nice brown color.  You’ll want to watch the ribs so they don’t get too dark.
  • I recommend basting the ribs several times.  What is basting? It means to pour the juices over the meat during backing to keep it moist and flavorful.  I like to turn my barbecued pork ribs over half way through cooking so that the other side gets browned too.
  • If you desire a sticky barbecued pork rib, right before serving, remove the ribs from the sauce and broil for a couple extra minutes.
  • The sauce is finger-licking good.  Don’t waste it!  Serve the oven barbecued pork ribs over rice.  It will absorb the yummy flavors.
  • We’ve converted Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs to an instant pot recipe too. 
  • Have trouble getting your pork spare ribs really tender? Learn how to make sous vide pork ribs.
Mom's Oven Baked Pork Rib follows a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce.

How do you keep ribs moist in the oven?

For pork rib, I prefer to bake the ribs in the homemade BBQ sauce. In addition, basting the ribs often will help keep them moist during the baking process.

What to serve with pork ribs?

If you’ve got a dinner centered around BBQ pork ribs, go all out on sides that will complement the tangy flavor of the ribs. So of my favorite sides include corn or corn on the cob, mac and cheese, coleslaw or potato salad, cornbread or Texas toast and a simple side salad.

Pork Dinner Recipes

We have loads of pork recipes.  Many this is because our Dad was a pig farmer for years and years and years.  Here’s our favorite pork recipes from the farm:

Oven Pulled Pork

This is the easiest Oven Pulled Pork recipe ever!  The rub is made of only two ingredients---coarse salt and black pepper, and the outcome is a moist, fall off the bone pulled pork that can be eaten alone, or topped with barbecue sauce. 

Crock Pot French Onion Pork Chops

Crock Pot French Onion Pork Chops and Rice is a meal for the whole family. Let the pork chops cook all day and just add the rice when you are ready to eat.

Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak

Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs

Instant Pot Pork Ribs recipe features Mom's tangy BBQ pork ribs in a quick recipe for the pressure cooker.

Baked Cranberry Pork Chops

Looking for a new way to jazz up pork chops? The sauce for these Baked Cranberry Pork Chops includes just three ingredients but packs a flavorful punch. For best results, mix together the sauce and marinate the pork chops overnight.

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Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs – A Marinade for Pork Ribs in the Oven

Mom's Oven Baked Pork Ribs follow a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce. Follow this easy marinade for pork ribs in the oven. 
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Pork Ribs, Easy Baked Pork Ribs, marinade for pork ribs in the oven, Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs, Oven Baked Pork Ribs, Parboiled Pork Ribs, Pork Ribs
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1402kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds pork spare ribs
  • 1 cup onions, sliced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard

Instructions

  • Cut pork spareribs into serving size pieces—1 or 2 ribs each.
  • Precook the ribs by parboiling in gently boiling water until tender, approximately 25 minutes; drain the water.
    Mom's Oven Baked Pork Ribs follow a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce. Follow this easy marinade for pork ribs in the oven. 
  • Place the ribs in a shallow baking dish; top with sliced onions (optional).
    Mom's Oven Baked Pork Ribs follow a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce. Follow this easy marinade for pork ribs in the oven. 
  • Combine ketchup, water, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire and vinegar.
    Mom's Oven Baked Pork Ribs follow a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce. Follow this easy marinade for pork ribs in the oven. 
  • Pour over pork ribs.
    Mom's Oven Baked Pork Ribs follow a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce. Follow this easy marinade for pork ribs in the oven. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees F until brown, approximately 30 minutes. Baste occasionally. If desired, turn ribs half way through baking to brown the other side.
    Mom's Oven Baked Pork Ribs follow a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce. Follow this easy marinade for pork ribs in the oven. 

Notes

  • What is a pork spare rib? This cut of meat is also known as a St. Louis style rib.  They tend to be small in size than a baby back rib.  The ribs have meat in between each bone, and on the top of the bone.
  • Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs include a parboil step. What is parboiling?  It is when you partially cook a food in gently boiling water.  Don’t use a hard boil or you could toughen the meat.
  • Be sure to bake uncovered.  This allows the ribs to get a nice brown color.  You’ll want to watch the ribs so they don’t get too dark.
  • I recommend basting the ribs several times.  What is basting? It means to pour the juices over the meat during backing to keep it moist and flavorful.  I like to turn my barbecued pork ribs over half way through cooking so that the other side gets browned too.
  • If you desire a sticky barbecued pork rib, right before serving, remove the ribs from the sauce and broil for a couple extra minutes.
  • The sauce is finger-licking good.  Don’t waste it!  Serve the oven barbecued pork ribs over rice.  It will absorb the yummy flavors.
  • We’ve converted Mom’s Oven Baked Pork Ribs to an instant pot recipe.  Check it out!

Nutrition

Calories: 1402kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 106g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 363mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 1387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 5mg
Mom's Oven Baked Pork Ribs follow a parboil and bake technique that results in a quick, tender barbecued pork rib.  I recommend serving over rice to absorb the finger-licking good sauce. Follow this easy marinade for pork ribs in the oven.

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