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Potluck Spareribs

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


  • 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


  • Cut ribs into serving-sized pieces; place with the meaty side up on racks in 2 greased 13x9-in. baking pans. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 551 calories, 32g fat (12g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 1065mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 32g protein.
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  • amsm
    Aug 27, 2017

    These are delicious! They really hit the spot when you are craving barbecue! I grilled these instead of baking them. I grilled them for about 20 minutes, as I didn't want the sauce to burn on the ribs. I also decreased the amount of brown sugar to 1/3 cup after reading some other reviews. I thought it was just the right amount of sweetness for our taste. I will definitely make these again! I'd like to try them in the oven also.

  • rednibs44
    Jan 14, 2017

    These are amazing--they taste just like bbq'd ribs without actually grilling them! I did add about 3/4 tsp. liquid smoke to add that true bbq smoky zip! They really are easy and delicious and so tender that they just fall off of the bone and are packed with flavour!

  • Donut Queen
    Nov 27, 2016

    We've been making this for decades and absolutely love it. We make this a bit differently: We skip the initial process of baking the ribs on racks, then we double the sauce, throw everything in a roaster, cover and cook until they are falling-off-the-bone tender. Yummy!

  • AdeleDegnan
    May 20, 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.

  • grghns
    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!

  • Chesdin
    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.

  • purplechiledog
    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.

  • Mikeeee55
    May 31, 2015

    Too sweet for our taste

  • linzie11
    May 25, 2015

    My family loved this recipe. I had never made ribs before, and wanted to do them for our Memorial Day meal. They turned out so tasty and tender and have been asked to make again next weekend by my mother in law, who said she loved it so much, she dreamed about them last night. My husband liked them so much, he went back for seconds. We poured a bit of the sauce over the rice to make it more yummy.

  • azbaker62
    May 23, 2015

    Did the ribs in my crock pot and they were excellent. The sauce is absolutey delicious. Agree with GregH3000 about skipping the soy sauce and using Bragg's Aminos. Not healthy or wise to use soy sauce. Great recipe.