Barbecue spare ribs are an all-time classic. Most people have probably tried them grilled, but today we have a recipe to make delicious barbecue spare ribs in the oven.
Before we start with the recipe, we would like to take some time to inform you about what to look after when you buy spare ribs. In order to make this flavorful dish successful, you need to pay attention to the following tips.
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Barbecue Spare Ribs: The buying guide
You can find spare ribs at your supermarket or your neighborhood’s grocery store, but are they gonna be good? Well, it depends. Usually, in those places, you can find frozen spare ribs that are not recommended. In general, you should look after the color of the meat to determine if it is good or not.
Definitely, in a supermarket, you will notice that there are meats with dark spots and pale color, those are the ones you have to steer clear from. The spare ribs you have to buy should be pink-red with marbling. Keep in mind that fat is necessary for this recipe, as it will give more into the flavor. Plus, during baking, most of the fat will disappear.
The best place to buy spare ribs is a local butcher. Most of the time, the quality of the meat there is way better than from a grocery store. Of course, you should have your eyes open for the color and the marbling here too. Another advantage of buying your meat from a butcher is that he will be able to remove the membrane from the front (bone) part of the ribs.
Storing the Spare Ribs
We strongly suggest to cook them as soon as you buy them, this is the best practice. Alternatively, you can store them in the freezer for up to six months, or in the fridge for up to two days if you plan to cook them soon.
In case you do store the spare ribs in order to cook them another day, please remember that you need to let them out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
Grilled Barbecue Spare Ribs
Our recipe is for oven-baked barbecue spare ribs, but if you have a gas grill you can easily cook them there. All you need to do is follow the same procedure but adjust your grill to 150 Celsius.
Also, the heat should be indirect. That means that it should not come from underneath the ribs but rather from the sides. Grill the ribs for 30 minutes without aluminum foil at first. Then, wrap them tightly with aluminum foil, baste them with barbecue sauce first, and put them back for 30 more minutes.
After this, lower the temperature to 120 Celsius and baste the ribs once more. Put them back in the grill and continue cooking until done. Note, that the lid should be closed during cooking.
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Now that you know how to shop spare ribs, let’s take a look at this awesome recipe.
For the spare ribs:
- 1 kg of pork spare ribs
- 1 tsp of kosher salt
- Around 2 cups of barbeque sauce
For the barbeque sauce:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of ketchup
- 2 cups of yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 of a cup sugar
- 1/4 of a cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 of a cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 of a cup molasses
- 1/2 tsp of salt
Let’s start with the barbeque sauce.
It is actually quite simple to make a homemade barbeque sauce. Just put all the ingredients in a pan and boil.
Once the mixture reaches the boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 45 minutes, until the onion becomes soft.
Time for the spare ribs.
- First, as always, you will need to preheat the oven at 150 Celsius.
- Now, we do not cut the rack in pieces, but we rather use the rack of spare ribs as is. Take the kosher salt and season the meat of the spare ribs.
- Place the ribs in a baking pan and pour 1 cup of the barbeque sauce on top. Using your hands make sure that the spare ribs are bathed in the barbeque sauce. This is very important as they must be coated very well.
- Use aluminum foil to cover the spare ribs tightly, and place the pan in the oven.
- Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes and then remove the foil.
- Once you remove the foil, baste the ribs with 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce.
- Next, you need to increase the temperature to 175 Celsius and continue baking without the foil for 30 more minutes.
- Use the remaining barbeque sauce to baste one last time the ribs, and continue baking for another 30 minutes. Again, uncovered.
- The ribs will now be caramelized and all glazed. Remove from the oven and enjoy!!!
*Note: Keep in mind that every oven is different, therefore, you have to keep an eye during the last 30 minutes as your barbeque spare ribs might be done a bit sooner or a bit later.
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