BBQ Spare Ribs Recipe

Few things rival the joy that comes with biting into perfectly cooked, flavour-packed BBQ spare ribs. The combination of tender meat, smoky aroma, and the rich infusion of barbecue sauce creates a culinary symphony that captivates the senses. What if you could recreate this barbecue bliss in your own kitchen? In this culinary journey, we’ll unravel the secrets to crafting your own succulent BBQ spare ribs that are sure to impress. So, roll up your sleeves, fire up the grill (or oven), and let’s dive into the world of homemade BBQ rib perfection.


Before we embark on this smoky adventure, let’s gather the star ingredients for our BBQ spare ribs:

Pork spare ribs2 racks
Brown sugar1/4 cup
Paprika2 tablespoons
Garlic powder1 tablespoon
Onion powder1 tablespoon
Salt1 tablespoon
Black pepper1 tablespoon
Dijon mustard2 tablespoons
Worcestershire sauce2 tablespoons
Apple cider vinegar2 tablespoons
BBQ sauce1 cup

Step 1: Prepare the Ribs

1.1. Remove Membrane:

  • Start by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs. This helps the rub and smoke penetrate the meat for maximum flavour.

1.2. Trim Excess Fat:

  • Trim any excess fat from the ribs, leaving a thin layer for added flavour and moisture.

Step 2: Apply the Rub

2.1. Create the Rub:

  • In a bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper to form the dry rub.

2.2. Massage the Ribs:

  • Massage the dry rub generously onto both sides of the ribs, ensuring an even coating. Let the ribs marinate in the rub for at least 1 hour, or preferably, overnight for intensified flavour.

Step 3: Prepare the BBQ Sauce

3.1. Mix the Ingredients:

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and your favourite BBQ sauce. This will be the luscious glaze for your ribs.

Step 4: Fire up the Grill or Preheat the Oven

4.1. Grilling Option:

  • If using a grill, preheat it to medium heat (around 180-200°C or 350-400°F). Ensure there’s an indirect heat zone for slow cooking.

4.2. Oven Option:

  • If using an oven, preheat it to 150°C (300°F). You can use the broil function for a final crisp at the end.

Step 5: Slow Cook the Ribs

5.1. Grill Method:

  • Place the ribs on the grill, bone side down, over indirect heat. Cover and cook for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours, occasionally basting with the BBQ sauce during the last 30 minutes.

5.2. Oven Method:

  • If using the oven, place the ribs on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Bake for 2 to 2.5 hours, basting with BBQ sauce in the final 30 minutes.

Step 6: Achieve the Perfect Glaze

6.1. Baste and Sear:

  • Increase the grill or oven temperature to around 220°C (425°F). Baste the ribs with a final layer of BBQ sauce and sear for an additional 10-15 minutes until a beautiful glaze forms.

Step 7: Rest and Serve

7.1. Rest the Ribs:

  • Let the ribs rest for 10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring moist and flavourful meat.

7.2. Serve with Flair:

  • Slice the ribs between the bones, serve on a platter, and revel in the barbecue masterpiece you’ve just created.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q1: Can I use a different cut of pork for this recipe? A1: While spare ribs are classic, you can use baby back ribs for a leaner option. Adjust cooking times accordingly.

Q2: Is it necessary to marinate the ribs overnight? A2: While it enhances flavour, a minimum of 1 hour marination is sufficient. Overnight marination, however, intensifies the taste.

Q3: Can I use a store-bought BBQ sauce? A3: Absolutely! Pick your favourite brand or flavour to personalise the dish.

Q4: How do I know when the ribs are done? A4: The meat should easily pull away from the bones, and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part should read around 93°C (200°F).

Q5: Can I freeze leftover cooked ribs? A5: Yes, you can freeze cooked ribs. Wrap them tightly in foil or plastic wrap and place them in a sealed container.


Congratulations! You’ve ventured into the world of crafting your own succulent BBQ spare ribs—an iconic barbecue delight. With their smoky aroma, tender meat, and luscious BBQ glaze, these homemade ribs rival any restaurant experience. So, gather your ingredients, fire up the grill or oven, and relish the joy of serving a perfect batch of BBQ spare ribs that will elevate your home-cooked meals to new heights. Happy grilling!