Potluck Spareribs Recipe
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Potluck Spareribs Recipe

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When I want to bring home an empty pan from a potluck, I turn to this recipe. The ribs disappear in minutes! —Sheri Kirkman, Lancaster, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 6 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 551 calories, 32g fat (12g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 1065mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (28g sugars, trace fiber), 32g protein


  1. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place with the meaty side up on racks in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove racks; drain and return ribs to pans. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until sauce coats ribs, basting occasionally. Ribs can also be grilled over medium-hot heat for the last 30-40 minutes instead of baking. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Potluck Spareribs in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p37

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed May. 20, 2016 Edited May. 29, 2016

"Excellent!!! Made twice so far exactly as written (with the addition of a sprinkle of cayenne in the sauce) and loved by all. Forgot, I also decreased the sugar to 1/2 c."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"This is an amazing recipe. I have made this 3 times in the last month or so as it is highly requested. fall off the bone delicious!"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"This recipe is fantastic although it was a little too sweet for my family's taste so on my next try I will cut the brown sugar down to 1/2 cup. Also, I put the ribs in the crockpot for about 5 hours instead of baking them--so much easier."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"Very good, we've tried cooking the last 45 minutes on the grill or in the oven and both times had amazing results."

Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"Too sweet for our taste"

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