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Mom's Oven Baked 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.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Pork Ribs, Easy Baked Pork Ribs, Mom's Oven Baked Pork Ribs, Oven Baked Pork Ribs, Parboiled Pork Ribs, Pork Ribs
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1402kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Place the ribs in a shallow baking dish; top with sliced onions.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients, and pour over pork ribs.
  • 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.


  • 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!


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