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Tender Oven-Baked Honey Butter Ribs

You’re going to be so addicted to these tender oven-baked honey butter ribs! They have the most incredible flavor and everyone will be asking you to bring them to every party!

These tender honey butter ribs are oven baked to perfection and they fall off the bone! They are literally bathed in honey, butter, and brown sugar. There is no way you will be able to put this down! #honey #butter #ribs #babybackribs #ovenbaked #pork #porkrecipe

My friend shoved a piece of these honey butter ribs in my face when I walked into her house to pick up Winston.

“Taste this.”

Her house already smelled incredible so I knew these ribs would be phenomenal.

I think my eyes bulged out of their sockets when I finally had a taste.

These were the most tender and flavorful ribs I had ever tasted.

I mean, honey, butter, and brown sugar. It can’t taste that bad with that combination.

These tender honey butter ribs are oven baked to perfection and they fall off the bone! They are literally bathed in honey, butter, and brown sugar. There is no way you will be able to put this down! #honey #butter #ribs #babybackribs #ovenbaked #pork #porkrecipe

How do you cook ribs to make them tender and fall off the bone?

Low and slow. That’s the only way!

Cooking it on a low oven temperature ensures all the meaty fibers break down and you’re left with an extremely tender and fall off the bone meat.

You have to have patience when cooking ribs. It can’t be something you whip together in an hour.

So definitely make sure you have time to make this before you start.

Baby back ribs or St. Louis ribs? What’s the difference?

To be honest, I don’t know the difference. I think baby back ribs are leaner and more tender.

They both taste good to me though, haha

I believe I made these with baby back ribs. Whole Foods had a crazy sale for Prime members a while back and I had to take advantage.

These tender honey butter ribs are oven baked to perfection and they fall off the bone! They are literally bathed in honey, butter, and brown sugar. There is no way you will be able to put this down! #honey #butter #ribs #babybackribs #ovenbaked #pork #porkrecipe

Tips for success with making honey butter ribs

Don’t peek!

Be patient!

Let it do its thing.

Seriously.

That’s like when you’re cooking a roast in a dutch oven or slow cooker.

The less you open it up, the more tender it will be.

When you open up something that has been cooking for a while, you let out all the heat and it has to heat up again and it dries it out.

It also just lets out all the liquid to evaporate.

Just let it be and let it cook. It’s super tempting, but you know it’ll all be worth it in the end.

These tender honey butter ribs are oven baked to perfection and they fall off the bone! They are literally bathed in honey, butter, and brown sugar. There is no way you will be able to put this down! #honey #butter #ribs #babybackribs #ovenbaked #pork #porkrecipe

What ingredients you’ll need for these oven-baked honey butter ribs

  • A rack of baby back ribs
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Your favorite spice rub

Can I make these in the slow cooker?

Theoretically, they would work because it’s kind of the same thing but I haven’t actually done it myself so I don’t know timing.

I’d assume maybe 6-8 hours on low?

Don’t take my word for it.

I would certainly try it if you want to, though.

These tender honey butter ribs are oven baked to perfection and they fall off the bone! They are literally bathed in honey, butter, and brown sugar. There is no way you will be able to put this down! #honey #butter #ribs #babybackribs #ovenbaked #pork #porkrecipe

What do these taste like?

Well, they’re sweet and salty.

But they’re also nutty from the butter that kind of browns with cooking.

The sugars caramelize and it’s also a bit spicy but not like super spicy.

It’s just a back of the throat heat and warms you up but not like blowing fire out of your mouth spicy.

These tender honey butter ribs are oven baked to perfection and they fall off the bone! They are literally bathed in honey, butter, and brown sugar. There is no way you will be able to put this down! #honey #butter #ribs #babybackribs #ovenbaked #pork #porkrecipe

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These tender honey butter ribs are oven baked to perfection and they fall off the bone! They are literally bathed in honey, butter, and brown sugar. There is no way you will be able to put this down! #honey #butter #ribs #babybackribs #ovenbaked #pork #porkrecipe

These tender honey butter ribs are oven baked to perfection and they fall off the bone! They are literally bathed in honey, butter, and brown sugar. There is no way you will be able to put this down! #honey #butter #ribs #babybackribs #ovenbaked #pork #porkrecipe

Tender Oven-Baked Honey Butter Ribs

These oven-baked honey butter ribs are fall off the bone tender and the incredible flavors that just absolutely meld together will have you drooling!
4.17 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 2 rack of baby back ribs, about 5 pounds

For the honey butter sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the spice rub

  • 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, preferably double-lined. Additionally, have two-four large pieces of aluminum foil, the length of the racks of ribs, set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the honey butter sauce. Set aside.
  • Prepare the ribs by removing the silver skin from the back of the ribs.
  • If your rack of ribs are large, you can cut them in half. Place the ribs, skin-side up, on the prepared pieces of foil.
  • Evenly distribute and pour 3/4 of the honey butter sauce between the racks of ribs and rubbing it in with your hands on both sides. It's okay if it drips down the side onto the aluminum foil. You're going to fold them up and make them into pouches anyway.
  • Once the ribs are rubbed, fold up all sides of the aluminum foil to basically make a package with your ribs then place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place into the oven for 4 hours. During this time, DO NOT open the pouches to peek. Just let them cook.
  • In the meantime, whisk together ingredients for spice rub and set aside.
  • Once time is up, remove the baking sheet from the oven then turn the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Carefully open the rib pouches and brush the ribs with the remainder of the honey butter sauce and drippings and sprinkle the spice rub on top.
  • Place back into the oven to bake for an additional 7-10 minutes; just until the outside crusts and browns a little.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving!

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby back ribs, butter, honey, pork
Recipe Rating




Elaine

Sunday 16th of May 2021

Hi I'm going to use boneless pork ribs. How long would I cook them in the slow cooker and would I still need to foil them in the slow cooker? Thanks

Julie Chiou

Monday 17th of May 2021

probably 3-4 hours on high would work if they're boneless. no you shouldn't need to foil them but if it will help with clean up, i would suggest it.

Virtuenow

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Hi, you mention the taste of this recipe is sweet and salty. I did not see salt in the ingredients; and you listed unsalted butter. Do you use salt? How much? Thanks for sharing? Trying this today.

Julie Chiou

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

hi! ribs (to me) are somewhat naturally salty because of processing and preservation so that's why it's unsalted butter and also why i said "sweet and salty" because in savory dishes, that's how i feel they taste when you add a hint of sweetness to it!

Victoria

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

These are soo good. I have made them countless times now for dinner over the past year when I first read this. I've used all different kind of ribs bone and out long and short, always comes out incredible on the 250 for 4 hours with foil. I just adjust the amount of sauce to fit the amount of ribs. So very good though.

Briana

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

I’ve made these 5-6 times and they are amazing! We are meat eaters and this is a go to recipe for our family! I use more butter, honey, brown sugar and cayenne than it calls for and spice mix is perfect.

Diane Koschke

Saturday 18th of July 2020

I made these and they were amazing!! Tender and just the right about of heat. Making them again today for the second time. Usually love the ribs my husband grills, but I think these are my new fav’s !!