Barbecued Spare Ribs are a classic American barbecue meal made from pork. This version is cooked in the oven, not on a barbecue, and uses a barbecue sauce with a distinct Asian flavor, featuring soy sauce, rice vinegar, and garlic.

Barbecued Spare Ribs

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Here’s how to make your own Barbecued Spare Ribs


2 pounds pork spare ribs
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon sake
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground white pepper
2 tablespoons pork stock
freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste


1. Place spare ribs in a large baking dish in one layer. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over spare ribs and coat on both sides. Marinate overnight, basting occasionally.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Place a large, shallow roasting pan on the oven bottom. Fill with 1/2 inch water. Place spare ribs on a roasting rack.
3. Roast ribs for 45 minutes.
4. Raise oven temperature to 450 °F, and roast for 15 more minutes.
5. Serve hot or cold.

Notes, tips, and variations

– Alternatively, Bake at 375 °F for 20 mins then lower the temp to 325 °F for 1 hour; this renders most of the fat and produces very tender meat.
– To actually barbecue the ribs on a grill, get grill temperature to 225 degrees and cook for 5-6 hours.

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