How To Make Amazing BBQ Ribs

How to make fall off the bone, tender ribs without smoking them for hours.
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Amazing BBQ Ribs in a plate on a table with blue floral tablecloth

If there’s one thing I can make, it’s BBQ ribs. I discovered years ago a secret to making seriously great BBQ ribs and I can’t believe that I haven’t shared it yet! Now we all know that another way to make great ribs is to slow smoke them for hours. Oh baby yes, those are good ribs!

Raise you hand if you have time to do this every time you want to make ribs.

**Crickets chirping**

Now that we have that settled, the easy cheat way that I discovered is to cook them low and slow in a BBQ sauce/water mix in the oven for hours. You can use store-bought BBQ sauce, or you can make my Homemade BBQ Sauce! Either works fine.

The fact remains that in order to make amazing ribs, you are going to have to cook them on low heat for a long, long time. however, this method is very fix it and forget it! That’s my kinda recipe!

THIS we have time for. You could even put them in your slow cooker all day on low and come back to Ribs that are ready to BBQ.

I put mine in the BBQ mixture and let them cook at 300 for 5-6 hours.

ribs in a large baking pan with BBQ mixture

By the time the ribs are ready, the fat has dissolved into the water, the meat fibers have broken down and you are left with absolutely fall-off the bone ribs.

You carefully – because they are fall off the bone ready – place them on the bbq, cover them with sauce and then grill them up to get the rest of that BBQ flavor in.

grilled ribs with BBQ flavor in a blue floral plate

Then you have these gorgeous ribs without hours of smoking and having to watch them. Indeed, because we slow cook them in a thinned-out BBQ sauce, that flavor seeps through them just like smoking does.

I literally put them in the oven and ignored them all day, checking the sauce levels briefly. So low maintenance!

So while nothing beats ribs that have been smoked for hours, the simple fact remains that very few of us have time for that! This is an easier cheat method to get some great ribs that are tender and fall off the bone without the smoking process.

Has anyone ever done their ribs like this? What did you think?

Happy BBQ-ing!

Love you more than chocolate,


How To Make Amazing BBQ Ribs

How to make fall off the bone, tender ribs without smoking them for hours.
5 from 3 votes
Amazing BBQ Ribs in a plate on a table with blue floral tablecloth
Prep Time
3 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Karlynn Johnston


  • two 3 pounds pork ribs
  • 2 bottles your favourite BBQ Sauce


  • Combine water and one bottle of BBQ sauce in the roasting pan, making sure that the mixture covers the ribs entirely while they cook. The mixture should be fairly strong with BBQ sauce. (I always buy a cheap, but flavor packed sauce for this part!)
  • Cook at 300 degrees in the oven for 5-6 hours, until they are fall apart tender.
  • Remove from the oven, bast the ribs with BBQ sauce and place on the grill to crisp up to get that great BBQ flavor.Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

calories will depend on the sauce and amount of pork you use

Nutrition Information

Calories: 14kcal, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 12mg, Iron: 0.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  1. Julie Scriver says

    question: do you cover the ribs with foil?

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Foil or lid would do! Depends how much water, If I have a big pan with tons of water I don’t even cover it.

  2. Ross Bellwood says

    Yummy, I’m going to try this method very soon!

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      No pic I wonder why? The post has them but Facebook didn’t pull it…

  3. Kelly says

    Going to do this today, do I cover the roasting pan?

  4. SheDoesCreate says

    Hi Karlyn,

    I made this last night…so easy, but here’s the thing…they were so tender they barely made it to the BBQ. Any tips? Also, how exactly do you grill them..temp and time please.



  5. Natalie Harper says

    Yeah – I haven’t enjoyed them on the BBQ the whole way. I started buying the pre-cooked version at Costco now where you just have to put them on the grill for 10 mins or so, but I’m hell bent on doing them from scratch! I’m going to give them a whirl your way in my roasting oven and see how we do! 🙂 So glad you posted this!

  6. The Kitchen Magpie says

    The water breaks down the connective tissue and dissolves the fat. IT’s the same concept as cooking a chuck roast low and slow for hours in a broth or gravy. I actually never do ribs the whole way on the BBQ anymore. They aren’t as good!

  7. Natalie Harper says

    Have you ever done them the whole way on the BBQ? I have been buying those Costco ribs and can’t get them to work out low and slow on the grill!! I guess it may not be possible. Now I want ribs 🙂

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