Sweet and Sour Spareribs

Total Time
Prep: 5 min. Bake: 2 hours
Just the tempting aroma of these ribs reminds me of many simple but delicious meals mom made. Dad especially loved these tender tasty ribs with their thick, tangy sauce. Mom liked them because the sauce was no fuss to make. — Ruth Ann Stelfox, Raymond, Alberta

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023

Sweet and Sour Spareribs

Prep Time 5 min
Yield 6 servings


  • 6 pounds pork spareribs or pork baby back ribs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. Place ribs on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, ketchup, vinegar and water until smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove ribs and rack from pan. Drain and discard fat. Return ribs to roasting pan; drizzle 1-1/2 cups sauce over ribs. Bake 30 minutes longer. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; brush with remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 pound: 887 calories, 53g fat (20g saturated fat), 213mg cholesterol, 646mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 52g protein.