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Barbecued Spareribs

My husband is a meat cutter at a supermarket and likes to find new ways to smoke or barbecue meat. Several years ago, he discovered this recipe for BBQ spareribs covered in a rich barbecued sauce. It was an instant success with our family and friends. —Bette Brotzel, Billings, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min + simmering Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 pounds pork spareribs, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Dash cayenne pepper


  • In a Dutch oven, place ribs and onion; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add enough water to cover ribs; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Arrange ribs on a rack in a broiler pan. Brush with sauce. Broil 5 in. from the heat for 5 minutes on each side, brushing frequently with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 1024 calories, 64g fat (23g saturated fat), 255mg cholesterol, 2141mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 62g protein.

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  • Curtis
    Mar 30, 2020

    No comment left

  • gunslinger
    Mar 29, 2020

    The ribs were very tender and the sauce delicious!

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Jul 23, 2019

    I mixed together the onion, salt,

  • Katrina
    Mar 12, 2018

    I love the things I’ve seen so far

  • Venkatesh1
    Dec 7, 2017

    Good one

  • Petelt
    Jun 11, 2014

    Love this recipe. My kids won't eat any other ribs. It is a frequent request for birthday dinners.

  • mattygirlsmom
    May 28, 2014

    I can't even buy BBQ sauce anymore, this stuff is so good and so addicting! Tangy and sweet, sticky and delicious ! Thank you Thank you for this recipe

  • blackpearls
    Aug 11, 2013

    This sauce has become my "go-to" sauce of all time. It is sweet and tangy, smokey and thick. It clings perfectly and grills to perfection. This recipe makes perfect ribs every time. I have used with country style ribs as well. Make them as written and wouldn't change a thing. So many people love it! The sauce is equally as wonderful on grilled chicken!!

  • dozer1025
    Mar 8, 2012

    love it love it love.i make these ribs a lot everyone talks about them they are great

  • jodden
    Sep 2, 2011

    I have been making these ribs for close to 10 years and my dad constantly brags about them.