Oven Grilled St. Louis Pork Ribs uses your oven and aluminum foil to make a great moist, tender grilled rack of ribs.   Since outside grilling isn’t always plausible or practical this is a great recipe to use when you need a different option.  Cooking with the ribs wrapped in foil helps keep all of the moisture in.   It also helps keep it from being overcooked.  Towards the end of the cooking you add a bit more moisture with the apple cider and finally broil it with the BBQ sauce for a few minutes.  Your finished product is an amazing rack of St. Louis Pork ribs.

This recipe can also be used with Baby Back Ribs, Spare Ribs and even Beef back ribs.   You can use a sweet, tangy, spicy or hot BBQ sauce, depending on your tastes.   Along with the Aluminum Foil, you will also need a large cookie sheet, mixing bowl and basting brush.

We enjoyed this as a family.  St. Louis Pork Ribs are a nice amount of meat so we had plenty for everyone to have.  The meat was not hard to eat off the ribs and not too messy.

Often with oven cooking we forget how useful aluminum foil is, besides just covering food.  Trying to cook ribs in the oven without it makes for a much tougher, often burned meal.  Because we want it to cook for a few hours, that foil helps the juices keep the meat tender and yet protects the rack at the same time.

Oven Grilled St. Louis Pork Ribs

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 People


  • 3-4 Pounds St. Louis Pork Ribs Rack
  • 4 Tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4th Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Bottle BBQ Sauce You won't use the whole thing
  • Cooking Spray
  • Aluminum Foil


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. If you can pry a little bit with a knife you should be able to pull the rest off.
  • Mix all of the spices and brown sugar together. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  • Cover cookie sheet with foil. Then Use 1-3 sheets of foil that you will lay the rack of ribs in and cover so that it will be easy to unwrap (push all the foil to the top above the ribs to keep moisture in once spices are rubbed in, but not too tight.) You'll want the moisture, juices to stay inside the foil if possible.
  • Spray the foil where you will place the ribs. Rub the spices/brown sugar mix first into the bottom of the ribs, then flip them over and use liberal amounts of the mixture to rub into the top and sides of the ribs.
  • Push the foil up over the ribs, place in the oven for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, unwrap the foil carefully pour the 1/4th cup of apple cider over the ribs and recover. Turn the oven up to 350 and cook for 25 minutes.
  • Push the foil down out of the way, use your baster brush and brush liberal amounts of BBQ sauce over the top and sides of the ribs. Place in the oven and put the oven on broil. You will need to keep the oven door slightly ajar while it's cooking. It will take another 10-15 minutes, with you observing so you keep the BBQ sauce and ribs from burning.
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