Easy Barbecue Baked Spareribs

Easy barbecue spare ribs

The Spruce

Ratings (64)
  • Total: 105 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
836 Calories
41g Fat
29g Carbs
83g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 836
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 262mg 87%
Sodium 906mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 83g
Calcium 91mg 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.)

This recipe for baked spareribs is super easy! Just top the pork ribs with a balsamic vinegar barbecue sauce and bake them to tender perfection in the oven. The meat literally falls off the bone. If you like char on your ribs, you can finish them on the grill or under the broiler.

The easy barbecue sauce is a tangy delight. Whip up a batch to use for other meats and seafood. This cooking method will also work on beef ribs.

Ingredients

  • For the Ribs
  • 4 pound slab of pork spareribs
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • For the Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about two to three large juicy lemons)
  • 1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Optional: hot sauce (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for ribs
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  2. Heat oven to 325 F. Select a large baking pan to fit ribs in one layer. Line with heavy duty foil. Place baking rack (a cake rack works fine) inside lined pan to keep ribs from resting on the bottom of the pan.

    Pan for baking ribs
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  3. Remove the thin membrane (silverskin) from the back side of the ribs (if not already done by the butcher).

    Cutting ribs
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  4. Sprinkle both sides of the spareribs liberally with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place seasoned ribs, bone side down, on the rack in the baking pan.

    Seasoning the ribs
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  5. Prepare the sauce by combining lemon juice, bottled barbecue sauce, ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and hot sauce (if using) in a small bowl. Stir vigorously until combined. This will make about 3 cups of barbecue sauce.

    Barbecue sauce
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  6. Pour half of the sauce into a separate container and set aside. Drizzle remaining sauce over the top of the ribs, covering all exposed areas.

    Pouring sauce over ribs
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  7. Cover pan tightly with heavy-duty foil. Bake about 90 minutes to 2 hours, or until tender. 

    Baking the spareribs
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  8. Serve spareribs with reserved barbecue sauce.

    Oven-Roasted Spare Ribs
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  9. Enjoy!

Tip

So What Are Spareribs Anyway?

Spareribs are a pork cut from the bottom section of the ribs and breastbone of the pig, just above the belly. Baby back ribs are from the top of the rib area along the back. They are not as meaty or succulent as spareribs. As bacon is removed, a thin layer of meat remains on the spareribs.

The term comes from the German "rippenspeer," which literally translates to "spear ribs," as this cut was traditionally roasted on a spit or spear. In English, it became ribspare and eventually sparerib. This term not only refers to the practice of roasting the meat on a spear or spit, it is also a perfectly reasonable description of the cut itself.

You will see this cut referred to as spareribs (compound word) and spare ribs (two words). Both are acceptable.