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Oven-Barbecued Spareribs

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours


6-8 servings

ONE of my family's favorites, this dish is often at the heart of our special meals. All our married children live nearby, so we have family gatherings often. Whenever I prepare these spareribs, I need a large quantity - most everyone asks for seconds. -LaVerna Mjones, Moorhead, Minnesota


  • 6 pounds pork spareribs
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons Liquid Smoke, optional


  1. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain ribs; pour sauce over all.
  3. Cover and bake for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Uncover; bake 30 minutes longer, basting several times with sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 pound: 884 calories, 48g fat (18g saturated fat), 191mg cholesterol, 1231mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 1g fiber), 48g protein.

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  • SaraMarx
    Dec 1, 2014

    The cooking time for these ribs was just perfect.

  • gunslinger
    Mar 18, 2014

    Since the winter has been so cold I was looking for an alternative to ribs cooked on the barbecue so I tried the oven barbecued ribs and they were delicious!Great barbecue flavor. They orginal recipe made more than I needed but it was very easy to halve the ingredients to make the serving size I needed. Will definately make again when i am crarving barbecue on a non suitable barbecuing day!

  • pandabear_is
    Feb 16, 2013

    I used the called for 5tsp of liquid smoke but the sauce was too sweet and not enough BBQ flavor for my family. It was tasty and thick but I'll try something else next time.

  • char04
    Feb 8, 2013

    No comment left

  • altmansgirl247
    Jun 24, 2012

    I usually use the grill when I make ribs, so I was a little hesitant about making these, but it was a rainy weekend, so I went ahead and tried this recipe. I am so glad I did! These were the best ribs I have ever eaten...My husband just couldn't stop raving about them. This is the only way I will be making ribs from now on.