• Gary Corcoran

St. Louis Style Ribs (Oven Baked)

If your BBQ is covered in snow like mine, and you are longing for some delicious pork ribs, this recipe is for you. It’s super easy. St. Louis style ribs are a rectangular cut of pork side ribs, with the breast bone cut away. They are a little tougher than baby back ribs but more than make up for it in flavour. Just cook them a little longer than baby back ribs and you will be very satisfied. I like to use Sweet Baby Ray’s regular BBQ sauce if I am too lazy to make my own, but you can use your favourite BBQ sauce. You can use baby back ribs if you can’t find the St. Louis style ribs.

St. Louis ribs are a little tougher than baby back ribs, but more than make up for it in flavour.

St. Louis Style Ribs (Oven Baked)


1 full rack of St. Louis style ribs (about 3 lbs.)

4 - 5 T dry rub

2 t liquid smoke (optional)

1 bottle of your favourite BBQ sauce

1 cup water

Prepare the ribs for your dry rub. You should remove the membrane from the back of the ribs to help the dry rub penetrate the ribs. Place ribs meat-side down on a cutting board. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs by gently inserting a butter knife between a bone and the membrane. Pick a bone in the middle. Be gentle and wiggle the knife. Get your finger between bone and the membrane. Work your finger down the bone and eventually get a second one in there. Pull membrane off. Discard. Cut ribs in half.

Place ribs in a shallow baking dish about 3 - 4” deep. Shake your dry rub on both sides of the ribs and rub in. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or at least for a few hours so your dry rub flavours the ribs.

Next day, remove from the refrigerator for about an hour to come to room temperature before baking.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Mix the liquid smoke (if using) into your BBQ sauce. Brush the ribs liberally on both sides with the BBQ sauce. Now mix the water with the remaining sauce and gently pour over the ribs. Water helps the sauce from getting too thick and burning.

Bake in preheated oven covered with foil for about 3 hours. Remove from oven. Remove foil, turn ribs and baste with BBQ sauce. Bake for another 30 minutes to an hour till tender.

Serve with your favourite sides.

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