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Tangy Spareribs Recipe

Tangy Spareribs Recipe

I still remember coming home from church to the smell of these ribs baking in the oven alongside baked potatoes. They have an old-fashioned homemade barbecue sauce that clings to every morsel. —Judy Clark, Elkhart, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 to 5 pounds pork spareribs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder


  • 1. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place in a shallow roasting pan, bone side down. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally; remove from the heat.
  • 3. Drain fat from roasting pan. Pour sauce over ribs. Bake 45-60 minutes longer or until ribs are tender. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 318 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 478mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.

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lgallvall User ID: 305253 4980
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"I had the same fear of the ribs not getting tender enough... and I was right! I used St. Louis cut ribs, so that may have been the problem. I did actually like the sauce a lot... it has a nice bright flavor .... so I think I'll try the crockpot version that brat85 suggested."

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 4436
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"I made these last night using baby back ribs I had in the freezer instead of spareribs. Also, after adding the sauce, I cooked them covered for a while because I like my ribs really, really tender and didn't think the cook time in the directions would be long enough. I cooked them for a total of 2 1/4 hours and they did get tender. I wish they were a bit saucier and will make double the sauce next time."

rkearsing User ID: 4273929 5158
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"after I made this recipe and let it simmer, all I could taste was ketchup. I added 1/12 teaspoon of granulated garlic, which enhanced the flavor. My daughter liked it a lot and took the rest of the ribs home for her daughter."

claylady01 User ID: 7293258 5473
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"I am trying to print this recipe so I can have it on hand whenever we want ribs."

twodogs16 User ID: 6280406 4687
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"I saw this recipe in the Oct. 2012 Taste of Home Mag. It sounded good But it is anything like (Tangy). I`m sorry but I`m going to say good but NO TASTE! I`ll go back to BABY RAY`s Sorry!"

brat85 User ID: 4823464 2122
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"The taste is like a mild sweet-tangy bar-b-que. I didn't use the butter nor saute the onion & celery but I did put all the ingredients (except the meat) in a saucepan and heated it through for about 5 to 10 minutes. I put the spareribs in the bottom of the slow-cooker then poured the sauce over the meat; set the cooker on high for 5 hours. The meat fell off the bones. Even my mother, who is a very picky eater, asked me to keep the recipe and make it again."

pmcdermott User ID: 3396317 199059
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

"I learned from an Asian chef that the best way to prepare ribs is to steam them before grilling them. It makes them extremely tender."

John_Kim User ID: 2397196 6964
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

"Ribs are cooked in oven or barbued by inderect heat."

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