Bless you, salt and pepper ribs, for I have finally made a ribs recipe that my daughter will eat. Thank the Lord above, it finally happened. I’ve talked before about her picky eating (over and over and over again) so I’m sure that you’re familiar with it.

Salt and Pepper Ribs
Salt and Pepper Ribs

My daughter rarely likes anything too flavourful – yet loves butter chicken- so ribs are top of the list for Foods She Doesn’t Like.Until now.

These salt and pepper ribs are most definitely a riff on one of the most popular recipes on this entire website, my Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings. I’ve heard from a lot of readers that their entire family was eating it, which I’m assuming is because of the mild flavour. Kids just don’t usually enjoy foods that are too flavourful ( insert scientific taste bud reasons here) so I was hedging my bets on the fact that my daughter might actually like these as well.

How to Make Salt and Pepper Ribs from @kitchenmagpie

She did.

Now I am sure that all of you parents of picky eaters and looking at this photo and shaking your head but trust me – just scrape off the tidbits and the kids will eat these. I didn’t even bother leaving them on, I knew that she would wrinkle her little nose up at the sight of the onions and garlic on top. They’re fairly plain salt and pepper ribs, but you know picky eaters. You can’t have “stuff” on top of them.

How to Make Salt & Pepper Ribs from @kitchenmagpie

Just like with my chicken wings, you are going to have to salt and pepper to taste. Most of the flavour is from the salt, pepper and garlic powder with a nice hint of garlic, onions and sesame oil added in at the end.

How to Make Salt and Pepper Ribs from @kitchenmagpie

Start with the recommended amount of salt and taste-test at the end.  Make sure that you use enough sesame oil and garlic as well, this is the only flavour that the ribs are getting past the salt and pepper. Be bold and dare to use a little bit more than I suggest, the only way that you can really screw this recipe up is to make them too bland!

Happy cooking everyone!

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Salt and Pepper Ribs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Deliciously different Salt and Pepper Ribs! Low and slow is the key to cooking these beauties!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salt and pepper ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 136 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 4-5 lbs of ribs
  • 3-4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons crushed black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 5-6 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 6-7 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 green onions diced
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine the salt, pepper and garlic powder together in a bowl.
  3. Place the ribs on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle the ribs with the salt mixture.
  5. Bake for at least 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is pulling off of the bone.
  6. Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat then add the garlic and onions.
  7. Cook until the garlic has browned slightly, the sprinkle the garlic powder over everything and stir it in.
  8. You have two options here:
  9. Option 1: If you want to brown the green onions for a deeper flavour ( shown in my photos) then take the ribs out and place on top of the stove. Pour/brush the oil and garlic mixture over the ribs, then return to the oven. Cook until the onions are the desired flavour. Remove, sprinkle with a little extra salt and serve.
  10. Option 2: Remove the ribs and brush/pour the oil and garlic mixture all over them. Serve immediately.
  11. Place ribs on a serving platter, spooning any leftover garlic oil over the top.
  12. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Salt and Pepper Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 2110mg 88%
Potassium 1270mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 43.1%
Vitamin C 21.5%
Calcium 20.7%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. Excellent recipe! A huge hit for family dinner. Because they’re so rich we only ate a couple each. I did add about a tablespoon of cornstarch to the mix.
    I will make again, for sure.

  2. Good recipe and your picky eater sounds like a spoiled little brat!

  3. Hi, I did make your recipe before and it the ribs were delicious but my question is did you boil the ribs before the rub?

    Thanks for sharing!?

    • Hi there!
      @ Lee Brown- no need to pre-cook. 2hrs and 30 minutes at 300deg will cook raw ribs beautifully. Low and slow cooked ribs do look naturally pink when done. Never fear, they’re solid gold.

      @ Kitchn Magpie- You are the bomb. This recipe has taken a place amongst many others from this site in my list of regular offerings. Please, please try adding a couple tsps of cornstarch to the salt/pepper mix. Try it. I’m tempted to growl at passerby’s that get too near my plate tonight.

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