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Learn how to make the perfect St. Louis Style Ribs. Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs Recipe – made in the oven, covered in bbq sauce, these ribs are so tender, sticky and delicious! Grilling option available in the recipe notes.These Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs are one of my favorite family dinners. They are so easy to make, too!

These Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs are one of my favorite family dinners.

They are so easy to make, too!

Why are they called St Louis Style Ribs?

The name St. Louis Ribs comes from the cut of the meat, not the seasoning or sauce used.

These ribs are baked in the oven, but they are perfect for a summer meal.

And of course you can make these oven baked St Louis style ribs for Memorial Day Weekend, at the same time you do all the grilling.

What are St. Louis Ribs?

St. Louis-style spare ribs are cut in a particular way with the sternum bone, cartilage and rib tips removed so that a well-formed, rectangular-shaped rack is created for presentation.

This cut of ribs originated with numerous meat-packing plants located in the region in the mid 20th century and put into the policy by a diehard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. St. Louis style ribs are often a class entry in barbecue competitions.”

How to prepare Ribs for cooking?

  • Step 1: Remove from the packaging and rinse with water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Step 2: Remove the membrane on the bottom of the ribs.
  • Step 3: Apply the dry rub. You can leave it on for 15 minutes to up to a few hours or start cooking the ribs.
  • Step 4: Preheat oven to 350F. Place rack in the middle. Wrap ribs in aluminum foil. Place ribs on a baking sheet and bake for 2 hours, or a little less, until tender.
  • Step 5: Remove ribs from foil and generously brush with barbecue sauce. Return to the oven and bake for 20-25 more minutes, until sauce has warmed up and turned darker. Cut into individual ribs. Serve.

How to cook St Louis Cut Ribs?

  • These St Louis Ribs are baked at 350F in the oven, wrapped in foil and there is no way they can overcook, get dry or burn.
  • You first make the ribs in the oven, seasoned and wrapped in foil, until they are almost done, but not fall off the bone.
  • Then you baste them with barbecue sauce (homemade or store bought ), and bake for 30 minutes longer.

These Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs

  • Yes, that’s right, I bake them at 350F, which is relatively high temperature, compared to other recipes. It works just fine.
  • I first rub the ribs with a mix of spices, wrap them in foil and bake them for 2 hours in the oven.
  • After that, I brush them with a generous amount of barbecue sauce and bake them for another 15-20 minutes, unwrapped.

When is the best time to make ribs?

This recipe is perfect for any time of the year, because it requires minimal effort and tastes amazing!

I usually use store-bought barbecue sauce and this time I used Heinz The Carolina Vinegar Style Tangy Sauce has been a favorite in my house this year!

But really, any barbecue sauce would work!

And it is perfect for these oven baked St Louis style ribs.

These Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs

Why buy these instead of Baby Back Ribs?

You may be curious, why did I choose St Louis Cut ribs, over baby back.

I always cook St Louis Style Ribs at home and order Baby Back when I’m at a restaurant.

They have more fat and are a lot more flavorful.

And St Louis Style are less expensive to purchase than Baby Back. St Louis Style ribs also require longer cooking time, since they are bigger.

 

Can these ribs be cooked on the grill?

Some people like to cook ribs in the oven and then finish them on the grill.

I personally rarely do so, because it makes a mess.

If you’d like to finish cooking your ribs on the grill, after you add the barbecue sauce on them, cook for 20-25 minutes on the grill, on low heat, flipping once.

Update!!!

I’ve received numerous comments and you guys seem to love this recipe.

I’ve received a lot of questions on how to make these St. Louis ribs on the grill.

I personally prefer making them in the oven, because they take around an hour and a half of cooking on the grill at temperature between 350F – 400F (not higher!) and this is a lot of time for me to spend around the grill, plus it takes a lot of gas (not cheap!).

If you’d like to cook these St. Louis Style Ribs on the grill, follow these steps:

  • Rub ribs with the seasoning
  • Preheat grill to 350F. Wrap ribs in aluminum foil and grill for 60 minutes.
  • Unwrap the ribs, brush with barbecue sauce, wrap and grill for 15 more minutes. Unwrap again, brush with sauce again and wrap in the foil . Cook for 15-25 more minutes until tender.

Can St Louis Style Ribs be smoked?

Yes, absolutely! Check this Smoked Ribs Recipe that I posted in September of 2018. They are so good!

Smoked ribs with bbq sauce

Sides to serve with ribs

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Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs Recipe - made in the oven, covered in bbq sauce, these ribs are so tender, sticky and delicious! 
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Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs

Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs Recipe – made in the oven, covered in bbq sauce, these ribs are so tender, sticky and delicious!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 3-4 pounds St Louis Ribs
  • 1 cup (or more if needed) Barbecue sauce of your choice
  • For the spice rub:
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl. Rub both sides of the ribs with it. Let ribs absorb the spices for at least 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Place rack in the middle.
    Wrap ribs in aluminum foil. Place ribs on a baking sheet and bake for 2 hours, or a little less, until tender.
  • Remove ribs from foil and generously brush with barbecue sauce. Return to the oven and bake for 20-25 more minutes, until sauce has warmed up and turned darker.
    Cut into individual ribs. Serve.

Video

Notes

If you'd like to cook these St. Louis Style Ribs on the grill, follow these steps:
  • Rub ribs with the seasoning
  • Preheat grill to 350F. Wrap ribs in aluminum foil and grill for 60 minutes. 
  • Unwrap the ribs, brush with barbecue sauce, wrap and grill for 15 more minutes. Unwrap again, brush with sauce again and wrap in the foil . Cook for 15-25 more minutes until tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 788kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 67g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 251mg, Sodium: 3568mg, Potassium: 1367mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 1955IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 119mg, Iron: 4.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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136 Comments

  1. Mmm now my mouth is watering for some ribs! We usually grill ours in the summer and put them in the oven in the winter. This backed version looks fantastic! Love the rub on here!

  2. We are not eating a lot of meat at the moment, but we did have some ribs the other day and they were amazing. I am going to have to try your recipe, as they look equally epic!

  3. I love ribs made in the oven. They come out so tender and juicy!! I can’t wait to give your version a try!!

  4. The weather here has finally gotten hot, thankfully! I hope the rain doesn’t last long near you, Mira! But, rain happens, so it’s always good to have a backup plan when you can’t fire up the grill and these ribs are absolutely perfect for that! They look succulent and that BBQ sauce is sticky and fab! I could eat at least 2 racks. 😉 pinned! Cheers, girlie!

    1. Thanks Cheyanne! Yeah, the weather can never be nice enough around here, after 2 gorgeous days, now we need to get some rain 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

  5. Ooh, these look sooo beautiful, Mira! And it’s amazing that you can make this deliciousness with so few ingredients! 🙂

  6. Our weather has finally improved here in NC too! I’m definitely wanting some ribs like these in my near future!

  7. My husband always smokes ribs, but it just takes too long. I love the idea of baking these in the oven and it doesn’t take too long either. These look so perfect, Mira!

    1. I love smoked ribs, but I haven’t had luck making them, I guess I just need to practice 🙂 Hope you like these Danielle!

  8. Aw man…. I LOVE ribs! I totally let my inner cave woman fly when I’m eating them! The weather out here has been a bit cool recently, but I hear it’s supposed to warm up over the weekend – keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

  9. These look so good…I just don’t care if they were cooked in the oven or on a grill. All that really matters is the taste. And these look like they would taste amazing!