Oven-Barbecued Spareribs



6 to 8 servings



2 slabs of lean spareribs, about 4 lb. each
Ground black pepper

The barbecue sauce

9 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tsp. finely minced garlic
2 cups finely chopped onions
2 cups tomato ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1-1/2 tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce or
more, according to taste
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle spareribs with salt and pepper. Arrange slabs in each of two large baking dishes. Bake one hour. Turn ribs and bake 10 minutes longer. Pour off fat.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large sauce pan and add the garlic and onions. Cook, stirring, until onions are wilted. Add the ketchup, soy sauce, chili powder, Tabasco sauce, vinegar and sugar. There should be about three cups of sauce. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Brush each slab of ribs on the underside with sauce and return to oven, brushed side up. Bake 30 minutes, brushing every 10 minutes on the same side with sauce.

Turn the ribs. Brush generously with all the remaining sauce. Return to the oven and bake 30 minutes.

Cut spareribs into individual rib servings. Serve hot or cold.

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1 Recipe Reviews


barbmyers reviewed Oven-Barbecued Spareribs on July 30, 2010

This is the first time I've made ribs or my own barbecue sauce. It was simple and a crowd-pleaser. The sauce is on the sweet side, so add more spice if you like it tangier.