Italian Style Oven Baked Ribs

Italian Style Oven Baked Ribs with dry rub and BBQ sauce

Making fall off the bone ribs, with an Italian flare, is an easy culinary task.  Our oven baked ribs are slow cooked in the oven for 3.5 hours and finished on the grill for an outdoor, smokey, flavor.  We infused our oven baked ribs with an Italian kick by incorporating dried oregano and ground fennel seeds into our dry rub mix.

The key to great ribs is to slow cook the pork at a low and steady temperature.  We like to pair our oven baked ribs with sweet potatoes, arugula salad, and a crisp lager beer.  You can also braise baby back ribs or short ribs in tomato sauce for an excellent “Sunday meat sauce”

Great crust and tender meat - classic ribs
We used a full rack of baby back ribs for our recipe, but you can make half a rack and reduce the cooking time.
Italian Style Oven Baked Ribs
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Fall off the bone Italian style baked ribs
Serves: 2-4
  • 1 full rack of baby back ribs
  • Dry rub ingredients (2 tablespoons each of: kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, crushed fennel seed, and cayenne pepper)
  • 1-2 cups of your favorite bottled BBQ sauce
  1. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash your full rack of ribs (we recommend baby back) under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Remove the thin, paper like, membrane on the underside of the ribs.
  2. Season your ribs with the dry rub ingredients and place ribs, meat side down, in a large baking dish. Cover the baking dishe with aluminum foil and place in the oven.
  3. For baby back ribs, remove them from the oven after 3.5 hours. If you are using larger style ribs, then remove after 4 hours.
  4. Brush the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce and grill them for about 5 minutes on each side or return them to the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes.


  1. What do you put in the bottom of the baking dish? Water?

  2. What kind of barbeque sauce would you recommend?

  3. Ok, I’m trying these tonight!

  4. i’m looking for dry rub for pork ribs. italian style, with garlic, oregano,salt,pepper, and what ever else. any ideas?

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