Baked Hawaiian Style Baby Back pork ribs are tender, fall off the bone, full of flavor ribs perfect for summertime picnics. I have a few tips and tricks for oven baked ribs that taste like they were cooked on a grill all day. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market on behalf of their blog, Discover.
We love baby back pork ribs at my house and cook them year round, not just during summertime. Baking them in the oven is a great option during wintertime when it is too cold out to grill or even in the summer when it is too hot. Low and slow in the oven doesn’t heat up the house and you still get tender fall off the bone ribs with my recipe. Oven baked is a great option for those living in apartments with no grills or smokers but still want to make ribs at home.
My favorite ribs to make are St. Louis style baby back ribs. There is an even amount of meat on each rib, it takes to marinating well and cooks really evenly. you can also cook several racks on the same tray in the oven.
Another great thing about ribs is how portable they are. Bake in the oven at home, divide up, wrap in foil then take to a picnic or BBQ. You can reheat in foil on a grill for a few minutes if one is available or if there is an oven available you can heat up for a few min. They are great at room temperature or cold too! I often eat leftover ribs cold the next day.
You also can’t have good baby back pork ribs without a good barbecue sauce. There are two steps to seasoning these ribs. One with a dry rub and one with the barbecue sauce. Sometimes I make my own barbecue sauce from scratch, sometimes I use a storebought jar of sauce. One of my favorites is NOH brand Hawaiian barbecue sauce and it goes perfectly with these ribs.
Baked Hawaiian Style Baby Back Pork Ribs
Baked Hawaiian Style Baby Back Pork Ribs
Makes 3 racks of ribs 8-10 servings
Prep: 8-24 hours
Cooking” 4 hours 5 minutes
- 3 lbs baby back St Louis Style Ribs
- 1 Bottle Hawaiian BBQ Sauce
For the Marinade
- 1 C Yellow or Mild Mustard
- 2/3 C Pineapple juice
For the Spice Rub
- 1/3 C Ground smoked paprika
- 1/4 C Light brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp NOH Hawaiian Kalua Seasoning Salt
- 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- Set out plastic wrap.
- Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs by slipping a knife between the membrane and bone of one of the ribs until it starts to separate and you can get a good grip on it with your hand and pull the membrane off. It should come off easily. Repeat for all racks of ribs
- In a small bowl combine the mustard and pineapple juice and mix well. Brush on both sides of all three racks of ribs. Place on a tray, meat side up so the marinade doesn't smear off on the tray and marinade for one hour in the refrigerator.
- In another small bowl combine the spice rub. Set out a long piece of plastic wrap. Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of the spice rub on the underneath side of one of the racks of ribs and place the rack of ribs on the piece of plastic wrap, sprinkle another few tablespoons, 2-3, of the rub on the top/meat side of the ribs then wrap in plastic wrap gently pressing it against both sides of the ribs. Repeat with remaining racks of ribs, reserving 2-3 tablespoons of rub mixture.
- Refrigerate the plastic wrapped ribs on a tray at least 6 hours up to 24 hours.
- When ready to bake the ribs, remove them from the oven and let come to cool room temperature about 35-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 250 Deg F.
- Line a large baking tray with foil and place baking racks on top. Remove the plastic wrap from the ribs one rack at a time and wrap in foil, sprinkling a tablespoon of the reserved spice rub mixture over the top before completely wrapping in foil.
- Place in a center rack in oven, ribs can be next to each other on one tray or if they are too big you can place them on separate trays on separate racks of the oven. Bake for 3 hours, switching trays if using two racks of the oven at the halfway point.
- Remove the foil and bake for another hour or until you reach 180 internal temperature or a bone gives way easily when pressed.
- Slather the tops of the racks of ribs generously with bbq sauce then broil, about 6” away from the heat source for 3-5 minutes until bubbling and starting to char a little. Keep a close eye on the ribs so they don't burn when broiling.
- Rest ribs for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with more sauce, Hawaiian BBQ potato chips, slaw or salad, pineapple slices and of course Hawaiian beer. Kona Brewing Co Fire Rock Pale ale is one of my favorite beers to drink when eating ribs.
If making to take to a picnic, cut all the ribs into individual pieces, place on a baking tray or oven save platter and wrap with foil to keep warm. You can place the wrapped ribs on a heated grill to keep warm before serving if the picnic site has a grill. You could also finish them on the grill if desired. Bake as directed above up to the final broiling step. Wrap the ribs back in foil before adding sauce. Once at picnic site that has a grill, heat the grill then unwrap ribs. Brush generously with BBQ sauce and grill 5-6 minutes until hot, bubbly and starting to char. Let rest a few minutes then cut into individual pieces and serve.