How to cook ribs in the convection oven?

If you’re a fan of succulent, tender, and juicy ribs, then cooking them in a convection oven is one way to achieve the desired result. While the whole process may take a bit longer than traditional cooking methods, the outcome is always well worth it.

In this article, we will guide you through the steps involved in preparing and cooking ribs in your convection oven. Read on to learn more!


Before diving into the details of how to cook ribs in a convection oven, let’s first understand why it’s an excellent option.

Why cook ribs in a convection oven?

Convection ovens use circulating hot air to distribute heat evenly throughout the oven. This means that food cooks faster and more evenly than in traditional ovens. When it comes to ribs, this uniform distribution of heat helps ensure that they cook perfectly without burning or drying out.

Benefits of cooking ribs in a convection oven

  • The meat cooks more evenly
  • Faster cooking time
  • Reduced risk of overcooking or undercooking
  • Reduced fat content due to being able to skip oiling requirement

Now that you know why you should consider cooking ribs in your convection oven let’s move on to how exactly it’s done.

Preparing the Ribs

Before starting with your recipe for rib preparation via convection ovens some basic considerations must be observed;

Choosing the right type of ribs for your convection oven

When preparing your shopping list for buying some meat for Rubs, make sure to get fatty slabs rather than bony ones especially if there won’t be any matching skillet leftover This gives you an even heat from all over throughout the slab thus ensuring proper access to all parts uniformly.

Also chose pork or beef as these are widely accepted meats for Rib Cooking – lamb also goes quite smoothly however since their fat content is low it may result in dry outputs if not cooked properly.

Preparing the ribs for cooking

Once your choice has decided on, do a little prep work before sticking them into your oven. This will include;


Although fat adds flavor to the meal, trimming excess bits from the bone side and top helps stop flare-ups from any heavy grease drips. Be sure not to go overboard as some fat should remain – about a quarter inch or less-


This process of using different spices ( dry or fresh) on Rubs to give it extra taste impression. The spice-rub enhances the meat flavor while giving it an appetizing color. If you use marinade, make sure to stick the ribs in a large bag containing lots of the liquid goodness and leave overnight in your fridge.

Letting the ribs come to room temperature before cooking

Before placing the seasoned rubs into your convection, let it stay out of refrigeration for a decent amount of time at room temp around an hour so that all surface area comes up gradually towards equal ambient conditions throughout their width.

Setting up the Convection Oven

Before starting with Rubs’ convection oven recipe we will have to take some time and set up our powerful machines ensuring perfect output timing has been put on practice.

Adjusting temperature and time for cooking ribs in a convection oven

Firstly make sure you know how long and at what temperature are you going to cook your Rubs. Both major factors need proper analysis as either too high heat may lead to crusty exteriors but raw interiors or vice versa i.e., sufficiently cooked interior but leaving little scorch on outside surfaces aside Color formation. That being said 325 F is intermediate threshold usually preferred serving any meat specifically Rib being no exception-

A guide will be that a rib may take from two hours at 165 degrees Celsius or 325 Fahrenheit to cook through and three hours on lower heat (295 F/ 160 C). Do make an effort to check continuously at the one-hour mark.

Placing a rack or pan in the oven to catch drippings

While cooking, place a wire rack over a baking dish or some aluminum foil to help keep your oven clean from any unwanted messes. This not only prevents any smoke from filling up your space but evens out dripping on your Rubs’ surface thus allowing more area for heating processes.

Preheating the convection oven

Turning your convection oven about 10-15 minutes before starting preheat it upto required temperature desired can save you both time and energy while ensuring that Rubs start getting roasted as soon as they reach into the high-leveled atmosphere

Cooking Ribs

Now that everything is well prepared let’s move towards our favorite part: Cooking! following are sub steps involved:

Placing the prepared ribs in the convection oven

Once ready place Rubs in your over, remembering to avoid overcrowding it, otherwise, it may lead to uneven heating resulting in some areas being under-heated while others brittle and overcooked.

Checking on and flipping/rotating the ribs during cooking

Depending on how thick your meaty piece is and other factors discussed above, ensure constant checking of Rub until they’re fully cooked. To make sure that every inch of our beloved pieces get heated evenly remember rotating, turning them around or upside down multiple times during preparation. If there are parts that aren’t done yet then just use tongs or spatula to gently press them against any wire-rack surface for quick brown crisping.

Adding liquid solutions

Adding liquor like beer /bourbon etc alongside special homemade remedies can give additional tastes for our cookery fans. While unwrapping be sure not to prematurely release any delicious droplets of moisture built-up in the wrapping. Liquids can be used to baste your rubs during the cooking process.

Deciding when to take out cooked ribs

Now that our kitchen smell is full of aromas coming from cooked Rubs, take some time with a meat thermometer and test for internal temperature- While this may sound odd, it ensures that the good inner part has been cooked off thus removing any potential disease-causing bacteria sources, many experts often keep a check on 200 F degrees for notorious ribs being ready to serve and enjoy.

Finishing Touches

once Rubs have been optimized, final methods can be applied;

Resting the cooked ribs before serving

It’s better not to eat anything while it’s still cooking so once done let them relax outside of your oven in room temperature for 10 minutes or more as needed to cool down gradually.

Applying sauce or glaze (optional)

While savored tastes follow specific sauces that work well such as Memphis-style rub accompanied with BBQ- But you never know what suits your utensil unless you try! So feel free to experiment with different spices and sauces always remember its strictly a personal choice as everyone has different taste bud patterns..

Tips for Successful Rib Cooking in a Convection Oven

Aside from relying on the steps listed above some additional unforeseen events must also remain under observation:

Using proper tools and equipment

This starts from vessels that are used alongside ingredients required for measuring checked twice before putting into any used container.

Tools like tongs, spatula, meat thermometer should all be taken care of properly including cleaning before getting out of storage.

That way no mold fungi accumulation may arise covering certain surfaces leading towards infection risk hazard specifically.

Starting with quality ingredients

“Poor Ingredients Lead To Poor Outcomes” goes this old saying rings true here also.Start by choosing fresh cuts of meat and knowing where they came from,every minor detail should be under line before execution.

Minimizing oven opening during cooking

Last but not least never forget to close the door of your convection glass to keep the heat enclosed except for any added liquids filling. This helps ensure consistent temperature control, thus maintaining evenly cooked ribs.


Cooking rubs in a convection oven is an excellent option with lots of pros. With all the steps provided skilfully followed, it could be counted as one of our beloved favorites anytime anywhere. So why not get up now and start preparing some Rubs for our taste buds? Happy Cooking!


Q&A for cooking ribs in the convection oven

  1. Q: What temperature should the convection oven be set to when cooking ribs?

A: The oven should be preheated to 350°F (175°C) for cooking ribs in the convection oven.

  1. Q: How long do I have to cook the ribs in the convection oven?

A: Generally, it takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to cook ribs in a convection oven. However, this may vary depending on how large and thick your rib cuts are.

  1. Q: Do I need to baste my ribs while they are cooking in the convection oven?

A: Yes, it is recommended that you baste your ribs with your preferred sauce or liquid every 30 minutes while they cook.

  1. Q: Should I cover my ribs with foil when cooking them in a convection oven?

A: It is not necessary to cover your rib meat with foil when cooking them in a convection oven since this method already circulates heat evenly around the food ensuring it cooks evenly throughout. If desired, you can cover it for the first hour of cooking and take off cover and continue baking until done or until internal temperature reaches at least 145°F (63°C).

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