Plum-Barbecued Spareribs Recipe

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I worked in a restaurant for 18 years and still enjoy cooking meals for my husband. Our children and grandchildren love these finger-licking-good ribs in a unique plum sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 pounds pork spareribs or pork baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 can (16-1/2 ounces) purple plums in heavy syrup, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash each ground cloves and nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

10 ounce-weight: 606 calories, 43g fat (16g saturated fat), 170mg cholesterol, 1414mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.


  1. Place ribs on two foil-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours; drain. Drain plums, reserving syrup. Remove and discard pits from plums.
  2. In a blender, combine the plums, syrup, onion, soy sauce, lemon peel, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; cover and process until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Cut ribs into serving size pieces. Place, meat side up, in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; spread with 2/3 cup plum sauce. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until ribs are tender, basting three times with remaining sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Plum-Barbecued Spareribs in Country Pork 1996, p102

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