Contest-Winning Barbecued Spareribs Recipe
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Contest-Winning Barbecued Spareribs Recipe

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Meet the Cook: All of us - my husband, our two sons (19 and 16) and I - love to eat barbecued ribs. But the closest rib restaurant to us in Denver, 150 miles away. So I came up with this recipe. It's now our traditional meal on the Fourth of July. -Jane Uphoff, Idalia, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 pounds pork spareribs
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

12 ounce-weight: 762 calories, 56g fat (19g saturated fat), 191mg cholesterol, 938mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 48g protein.


  1. Combine the first four ingredients; rub over ribs. For sauce, combine the remaining ingredients; set aside.
  2. Grill ribs, covered, over indirect heat and medium-low coals for 1 hour, turning occasionally. Add 10 briquettes to coals. Grill 30 minutes longer, basting both sides several times with sauce or until meat is tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Spareribs in Country Woman July/August 1997, p29

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annlindblad User ID: 7743001 249888
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

"bland - would not make again"

carmomtammy User ID: 139522 45615
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013 Edited Jan. 9, 2017

"My family's favourite recipe. I add 1/2c brown sugar (or lately palm sugar) to the sauce"

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