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Oven-Baked Ribs Recipe

This recipe was developed by a college buddy of mine. Now I make it often for family and friends. The sweet-hot sauce has a unique subtle orange flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 1/2 hours YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 4 pounds pork spareribs
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 bottle (28 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 2/3 to 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place in a large kettle or Dutch oven. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes; drain. Place ribs in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Squeeze oranges, reserving 1/2 cup juice and the peel. Combine juice, barbecue sauce, onion, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, hot pepper sauce and cayenne; mix well. Cut orange peel into large chunks and add to sauce; pour sauce over ribs. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours. Uncover and bake 30-45 minutes longer or until ribs are tender and sauce is thickened, turning ribs several times to coat with sauce. Remove orange peel. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

16 ounce-weight: 777 calories, 45g fat (16g saturated fat), 170mg cholesterol, 1259mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 44g protein.

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"So easy and so good! I try to avoid cooking with ONLY barbeque sauce, so this was a nice change. I didn't have any oranges on hand, so just used orange juice but it still tasted great. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"I made this recipe exactly as written - - no change necessary!"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"My husband's birthday is July 3rd. Every year he wants ribs for his birthday dinner. He was very skeptical when I decided to try a new recipe for HIS ribs! They were so delicious! He wants THESE ribs again next year! YUMMY!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"these are the best ribs ive ever made we didnt have oranges so i used just orange juice it was still perfect!"

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