Candied Spareribs on the Grill

Candied Spare Ribs on Grill
Sabrina S. Baksh
  • Total: 110 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
455 Calories
6g Fat
81g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 4
Amount per serving
Calories 455
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 1192mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 30%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 14g
Calcium 95mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

 These grilled spare ribs have a delicious sweet candied glaze applied to them. The secret is a little splash of bourbon in the glaze. It warms the flavors and takes the flavor up a notch.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at how delicious these are, but don't expect leftovers.  These grilled ribs will go fast.  Serve with a nice savory side dish such as a cool, creamy potato salad, or even some spicy barbecue beans.


  • 1 large rack of spareribs
  • For the Rub:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (use less if preferred)
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (pure)
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Prepare glaze first. Bring ketchup, brown sugar, maple syrup, and water to a simmer over medium heat. Stir often and watch for burning. Reduce heat if necessary. Add cider vinegar and salt. Stir through. Add bourbon and let the mixture simmer for 3-4 more minutes over medium-low heat. Once all ingredients are well combined and sugar has melted through, remove glaze from heat and let cool.

  3. Preheat grill for medium heat with indirect cooking.

  4. Cut off any straggling pieces of fat or meat from the spare ribs. Using a paper towel, grasp membrane on the back of the ribs and pull away from the bone. 

  5. Blot the rack of ribs dry with paper towels. Combine seasoning rub and apply all over ribs, front and back.

  6. Place ribs onto the grill and cook for 2 to 3 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches at least 185 F. Adjust heat and placement of ribs on the grill as needed.

  7. Warm the glaze in the microwave or stove top. There is no need to bring it back to a simmer, but warm it enough so that it doesn't reduce the temperature of the ribs on the grill once applied.

  8. Begin brushing glaze onto ribs during the second half of grilling or when they reach an internal temperature of about 135 degrees. Repeat process several times during the remaining cook time. This will provide you with a nice caramelized candied coating on the ribs.

  9. Once they have reached the appropriate temperature, remove ribs from grill and tent with foil. Let meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice between bones and serve with your favorite sides.

  10. If you'd like a little extra glaze for the table, simply double the recipe and divide mixture in half. Save one-half for basting and other to serve with the cooked ribs.

  11. Serve and enjoy.

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