Saucy Spare Ribs

Saucy Spare Ribs
Servings: 6 Prep 10 mins Cook 45 mins Grill 15 mins


  • 4 1/2 pounds pork spare ribs (about 3 medium-sized slabs), each cut in half
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Make It


1. In a large pot (8 quart) place the ribs, onion, garlic, peppercorns, salt and bay leaf. Add enough water (4 quarts) to generously cover. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook 45 minutes, occasionally skimming foam off the top of the pot. Drain and cool; reserving only the ribs. (This step may be done up to 24 hours in advance; refrigerate after cooling.)


2. Meanwhile in a medium-size saucepan, combine the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, mustard powder, liquid smoke, garlic salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally (makes about 2 cups). Can be done ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use.

3. Heat gas grill to medium-high or prepare charcoal grill with medium-hot coals. Liberally coat meaty side of ribs with sauce. Grill, sauce side down, 5 minutes. Coat second side with sauce, and flip over ribs. Grill 5 minutes. Coat meaty side again with sauce, and flip over one last time. Grill 5 minutes until slightly charred and crispy. Serve immediately with any remaining sauce.To Broil: Broil, sauce side up, 5 minutes. Turn ribs over and coat with sauce. Broil 5 minutes. Turn once more, coat meaty side with sauce and broil 5 minutes. Serve. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 718, Fat, total (g): 46, chol. (mg): 184, sat. fat (g): 17, carb. (g): 35, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 39, sodium (mg): 1049, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.