Dry Rub Oven-Roasted Pork Ribs

Oven-roasted Pork ribs with mashed potatoes, coleslaw and lemon

Oven-roasted pork ribs are nature’s teething toy

             Did you know that a pork rib bone is a great teething toy for a toddler?   We discovered this primitive tusk sharpening tool one day whilst having Sunday lunch with my in-laws.  My baby who was around 10 months at the time and was sitting on my lap when she picked up a leftover bone from a rack of lamb and proceeded to happily gnaw on it.
            Ever since then, she has been happily chomping away on any rib bone we give her-long curved lamb bones with meat still clinging on, sticky smaller pork rib bones, thick beef rib bones as big as her arm, and even the odd chicken drumstick.   For her first birthday, we put a candle in a baby set of ribs instead of a cake.  Once she realized not to play with the candle fire, she happily started nibbling/gnawing away.
meat with mashed potatoes, coleslaw and lemon

Pork ribs for all!

           As my daughter is still young and has not yet developed a liking for spice and heat, I make two different versions of these dry rub oven-roasted pork ribs.  One spicy for the adults and another batch milder for the kids or those who are not so inclined to the heat.  Both are equally delicious and easy to make so the choice is up to you over which version to prepare.  Simply coat them in mustard and spices then slowly cook for 2 hours. If you are a super Mom/Dad/peacekeeper, just make both versions of them for the family.
         If you decide to make both, just be sure you draw a clear line of demarcation over whose pork ribs are whose.  Only let people know which ones bring the heat. This is also a clever way to draw a clear line in the sand over which dry rub pork ribs are yours.  As we all know, when it comes to pork ribs, you need to set those limits.
Pork ribs coated in BBQ sauce with french fries and coleslaw
For the last remaining 30 minutes, uncover and coat with your favorite BBQ sauce for extra finger-licking deliciousness.
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oven-roasted pork ribs on plates with french fries and coleslaw

Dry Rub Oven-Roasted Pork Ribs

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


Oven-roasted pork ribs coated in mustard & spice and slow-cooked. A family favorite with recipes for both adults and kids. #pork #ribs #easymeals #familydinners #dinner


Units Scale
(Kid Version)

8001000g (28oz-35 oz) pork ribs

34 tbsp yellow mustard

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1/2 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (optional)

(Adult Version)

8001000 g (28oz-35 oz) pork ribs

34 tbsp Coleman’s mustard or any other hot mustard you prefer

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp Mexican Chile Powder

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 150C/300F.
  2. Mix sugar and spices together until thoroughly combined.
  3.   Coat ribs on both sides in mustard and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Coat eat side with a generous layer of the spice mix.
  5. Cover in aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 150C/300F for 1-2 hours or until the internal temperature has reached 145F/62C.  For the last remaining 30 minutes, remove aluminum foil and bake uncovered until finished.
  6. When ribs are fully cooked, take them out of the oven and drizzle with a squeeze of lemon (optional).  Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting.


For the last remaining 30 minutes, uncover and coat with your favorite BBQ sauce for extra deliciousness.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 120
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: slow roasted
  • Cuisine: Western

Keywords: Pork ribs, oven roasted, kid food, family friendly, spicy

Love sticky sweet and spicy rib tips?  Indulge in some Asian Style Pork Ribs in a Spicy Garlic & Honey Sauce. 

Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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