Sweet Bar B Barn Ribs

Oven Baked Ribs

As an appetizer or main event, or whether baking, barbecuing or slow cooking, these Sweet Bar-B-Barn Ribs are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy!
Course Appetizer or Main Meal
Cuisine American
Keyword Bar b barns, rib recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 840kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


The ribs:

  • 4 lbs baby back ribs pork or beef
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped in half
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns

The sauce:

  • cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic fresh, minced


The ribs:

  • Place the ribs in a large pot.
  • Cover with cold water.
  • Add herbs and vegetables.
  • Bring water to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour or until ribs are tender (meanwhile you can make the sauce).
  • Remove ribs from pot and place in a shallow glass baking dish.

The sauce:

  • While the ribs are simmering, whisk all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium sized pan over low heat.
  • Simmer for 20-30 minutes, occasionally whisking the sauce.

The bake:

  • Brush sauce on one side of the ribs.
  • Place in oven and cook for 45 minutes at 350 ° F
  • Turn ribs over and baste with more sauce.
  • Continue cooking for another 45 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


I will use my homemade chunky applesauce for this recipe.
If barbecuing, place ribs on greased grill on medium heat. Baste with sauce. Continue turning and basting for about 15 minutes or until meat is nicely grilled and sauce is caramelized.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*adapted from recipe found in The Montreal Gazette


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 840kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 1218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 3.5mg