Oven Baked Drunken Side Ribs

I absolutely love ribs and while I usually prepare them in my smoker or grill, there are times that I cook them in the oven. It’s funny, cause each time I do make ribs in the oven, I am surprised at both how simple it is and how the ribs are super tasty. Baking ribs in the oven over a lower heat for a few hours breaks down the connective tissues and results in a super moist and tender rib.

By baking the ribs in a marinade/sauce, it helps to tenderize the meat and give a rich flavour throughout the rib. This time I added a bottle of beer to the marinade. Any type of beer would work fine, so use whatever you have in stock. Once they have baked in the oven for a few hours, brush them with some bbq sauce and place them under the broiler for 5-10 minutes. These are as tasty as any ribs I have had!

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Oven Baked Drunken Side Ribs

4.75 out of 5
4 reviews
Simple to make and slow roasted in a sweet beer based marinade, these ribs are super tender and very saucy! This recipe uses side ribs, but back ribs will also work great!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 racks pork side ribs
  • 1 bottle of your favourite beer
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 onion , peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 3 cups bbq sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 325.
  • In a large bowl make the marinade sauce by mixing together the beer, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, sliced onion, crushed garlic and 1 1/2 cups of the bbq sauce. Mix until brown sugar is mostly dissolved.
  • Peel the membrane off the back of the ribs. Cut the racks of ribs in half. Place in a large roasting pan and pour the sauce over the ribs. Place the cover on the roaster and bake in the oven for 3 hours.
  • Take ribs out of the oven and set oven temperature to broil/grill. Carefully move the ribs to a broiling pan (they can fall apart fairly easily). Brush the ribs with the remaining bbq sauce. Put the ribs in the oven and broil them for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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  • 5 stars
    Mouth watering good, will definitely be using this recipe again. Thanks Steve, happy new year to you and your family.

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  • Do you need to pull off the membrane on the underside before baking these?

    My son in law smokes ribs and is very adamant about doing this.

    What do you say??

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  • Hi Steve, Is there a reason that you choose side ribs over back ribs? I always find that my ribs are hit and miss. They often end up dry. I have always picked back ribs over side would this make a difference? By the way I was searching for a technique to cook a Top Sirlion roast and came across your site. So I thought I would pick your brain on ribs as well.

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    • Hi Betty-Ann! I use both side and back ribs with the decision often made by what is on sale at the grocery store. I do a lot of smoking ribs as well as cooking in the oven and find that my preference is side ribs. Your observation of dry ribs is definitely common with back ribs. They do not have the same marbling that side ribs do, so cooking for a prolonged period can dry them out. Side ribs require a longer cook time to break down the connective tissues, but the meat is moist and tender. I hope that helps!

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  • 5 stars
    Oh yes ! Pork baked this way is my favourite ! Thank you and will be back for more ! Have a pleasant day !

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