One of the best ways to enjoy ribs is by cooking them in an oven at 350°. This cooking method allows the ribs to retain their moisture, resulting in a juicy and flavorful dish. So, how long does it take to cook ribs in the oven at 350°? We’ll take some time to explain everything you need to know about cooking ribs in an oven.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Ribs In The Oven At 350°F?
On average it usually takes about 3 hours for a whole rack of ribs to cook in the oven. Whole racks consist of three bones, and this common cut of meat is from the lower part of a pig. Ribs are meant to be cooked well done so they are easy to chew and often get marinated with bbq seasonings before being baked. Although the time can vary by oven and amount of meat, figure 3 hours at 325 degrees F when you want your pork ribs to be fork tender. The type of meat you’re cooking – as well as its size – affects how long it will take to prepare; every oven is unique, too!
Preparation is at least as important as the cooking process when it comes to outdoor grilling. Familiarize yourself with the different types of meat you have purchased, such as pork chops and marinated flank steaks or char-grilled burgers and baby back ribs. Heat your grill pan over medium-high heat and once hot rub the grill pan’s surfaces with a little bit of oil. For pork chops, let them cook for about 20 minutes on each side at about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. For baby back ribs, you’ll want to cook them for 2 hours at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
How To Prepare Ribs In The Oven At 350°
Cover baking sheet with foil
- Use two pieces of heavy-duty foil, overlapping them in the middle to create a seam.
- Arrange ribs on top of the foil so they do not touch each other or the sides of the pan.
- Fold up all four corners so that there is an opening at one end and place in oven for 40 minutes or until done (internal temperature should be 190 degrees F).
Brush ribs with sauce
Now that you’ve got your ribs in the oven, it’s time to prep them for their final step: glazing. The best way to do this is with a basting brush and sauce. We recommend something with a lot of sugar, acid, salt, and spice—things like ketchup and mustard will work well. If you’re looking for something more unique or adventurous than that, try our favorite barbecue recipes here!
Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F
Turn ribs over halfway through baking time and continue cooking until meat is tender and beginning to pull away from the ends, about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer.
Turn heat down to 300°F and bake for about 50 more minutes
The next step is to turn the heat down to 300°F and bake for about 50 more minutes. Make sure you periodically turn the ribs over so they cook evenly, which will take another 20-30 minutes. You can use a meat thermometer to check that they’re done; they should be ready when the internal temperature reaches 190°F (or when you can insert a fork into one without resistance).
Take ribs out of the oven, brush on more sauce and bake for another 10 minutes at 300°F
Remove the ribs from the oven, brush on some more sauce and bake for another 10 minutes at 300°F. Check them again after 10 minutes, then take them out of the oven if they are done. If they aren’t done yet and you want to cook them a little longer, put them back in at 300°F for another 10 minutes and check them again. If your ribs come out perfect but look a bit dry, feel free to brush on more sauce before serving!
When it comes to oven-cooked ribs, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how long they should be cooked at 350°. The cooking time will vary depending on the type of ribs being cooked, as well as the thickness of the ribs. However, as a general guideline, most ribs should be cooked in the oven at 350° for approximately 2-3 hours.