Hot & Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

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When I think of football I think of friends, fun and the grill.Unfortunately, practically the whole of the United States is freezing, which does not encourage spending time outside grilling. No, worries though, with a little oven smoking you to can have ribs that taste like they just came off the grill. Just add a few chips to the bottom of a roasting rack with just enough water to barely cover the chips. Cover with a tight aluminum seal and roast in the oven for 2 hours at 275 degrees. It’s all about the low and slow.

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

Nothing makes a better bbq sauce then some Heinz 57 ketchup! I always go for the Heinz when making a bbq sauce from scratch. This time I wanted to give it a spicy twist, and went for the Hot & Spicy Heinz Ketchup. I love this stuff!! It’s dangerously addictive with just the right amount of heat.

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

Happy, happy, saucy, saucy…Mmmmm nuf said.

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

After two hours, the ribs will be smokey and tender but not quite falling apart yet.

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

Baste the ribs generously on both sides with bbq sauce. Return to the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes basting again half way. Raise the oven to broil and while keeping an eye on the ribs broil until sauce is bubbly and caramelizing, about 3 minutes.

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

Helloooooooo! Lovelies!

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

Those are some good-looking ribs!

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

Do you need further proof of how amazing and tender these ribs are? Nothing proves it more than a clean bone! Check it out! Not a bit of meat left behind on that bone.

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs

Oh my heavens! These ribs may have been the best I have made so far. They have just enough hot & spicy to let you know they mean business without kicking you in the face. I licked my fingers and bones as if it were my last time ever eating ribs.

Spicy BBQ Oven Smoked Ribs
  • 3.5 - 4 lb baby back ribs
  • 1 cup hickory wood chips
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons granulated garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups Hot & Spicy Heinz Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Heinz white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon ground mustard
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  1. Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Add wood chips to the bottom of a roasting pan, add just enough water to barely cover the chips, place roasting rack in pan and set aside to let chips soak.
  3. Clean and prep ribs by removing the membrane off the back of the ribs and patting dry. In a small bowl combine all rub ingredients. Using all of the rub, coat ribs front and back. Place on prepared roasting rack. Cover tightly with aluminum foil, making sure to make a tight seal. Roast in oven for 2 hours.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour.
  5. Pull ribs from the oven and remove foil. Baste generously front and back with bbq sauce. Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees. Return ribs to the oven and roast another 30 minutes, basting again half way through. Raise the oven to broil. Keeping an eye on the ribs broil until sauce is bubbly and caramelizing, about 3 minutes.
  6. Transfer to cutting board, slice and serve.


  1. Mary Mc says

    Your smoked ribs recipe is misleading.
    It first says to roast low and slow at 200 or 250 degrees. Then, in the recipe directions, cook temp ranges from 325 to 350 to broiling.
    Would you please tell us which way to do this recipe? It sounds great!
    Mary Adair
    Nashville TN

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