Oven Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses
baked baby back ribs on a bed of greens and tomatoes

Learn how to make baby back pork ribs in the oven with this simple recipe that fits into your weight loss plan! Featuring a sweet and savory homemade barbecue sauce, it’s the best pork ribs recipe that you’ll want to enjoy all summer long.

A Lower Calorie Take on Baby Back Ribs

This delicious recipe was inspired by the House BBQ Baby Back Ribs from Chili’s. However, we took a slight detour in the portion size and calorie department so that you can enjoy them on your weight loss plan.

The Half Rack of House BBQ Baby Back Ribs from Chili’s contains a whopping 710 calories, while the Full Rack contains 1,430!* Our lightened up version is a smaller portion and clocks in at 193 calories per serving.

Barbecue Sauce for Ribs Recipe

To make this oven baby back ribs recipe, get started by preparing the delicious barbecue rib sauce. The secret is taking a standard barbecue sauce and pumping up the flavor with spices and other tasty ingredients.

Grab a bowl and mix together barbecue sauce with maple syrup, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, old bay seasoning, brown sugar, liquid smoke and chopped onions. Set the sauce aside and prepare your ribs.

How to Make Baby Back Ribs in the Oven

You’ll need about one pound of lean baby back pork ribs for this Oven Baby Back Ribs recipe. Pat them dry with a paper towel and cut the bones into individual ribs. Lay the ribs in a baking dish and drizzle the homemade barbecue rib sauce on top.

Cover the baking dish loosely with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes. Finally, remove the foil and set the oven to broil for five more minutes.

This Oven Baby Back Pork Ribs recipe makes five servings. One serving contains 193 calories and counts as one PowerFuel and three Extras on Nutrisystem. Click here to log it in the NuMi app! >

What to Serve with Baby Back Ribs

To complete this hearty Flex meal, serve your oven-baked baby back pork ribs with a SmartCarb! It’s super tasty with corn on the cob or a baked sweet potato. You could even whip up a simple fresh fruit salad recipe.

This meal is also the perfect dish to enjoy with your favorite non-starchy Vegetables. We love a bed of fresh spinach greens and cherry tomatoes. However, roasted carrots, summer squash or coleslaw would also be amazing additions.

More Healthy Pork Recipes

Fill up your summer menu with delicious pork recipes! Check out these other Nutrisystem-approved ideas:

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*Information taken from company website on 10/5/2021.

Servings: 5

Calories per Serving: 193

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 3 Extras


  • ~1 lb. lean baby back pork ribs
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. old bay seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. liquid smoke
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Combine all ingredients except for the pork ribs in a bowl to create a thick sauce. Set aside.
  3. Pat ribs dry with a paper towel. Cut between the bones into individual ribs. Lay ribs in a baking dish and drizzle sauce on top.
  4. Loosely cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 55 minutes.
  5. Set the oven to broil and cook uncovered for 5 more minutes.
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