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Barbecued Spare Ribs

Pork spare ribs, eaten worldwide, are a popular dish in the United States, where they are usually prepared barbecue-style. They are smothered in sauce and fried, braised, or grilled. The cut of meat used is taken from the belly and breastbone and is made up of 11 to 13 long bones. The term spare ribs comes from the Low German word ribbesper and refers to a method of cooking pork ribs on a spit, or spear. In the United States, barbecued pork spare ribs are an iconic Southern dish. They are cooked on a grill, in a smoker, or over an open fire, and are served in slabs of varying sizes, depending on the appetites of the diners. This recipe is for oven-roasted spare ribs and can be prepared inside in a home kitchen.

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time
2 hours 35 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Heat the butter with the apple cider vinegar, water, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and black and cayenne peppers in a small saucepan.
  2. Cook, stirring, until the butter has melted. Then remove from the heat and let cool.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to baste the ribs.
  4. Remove silver skin from the back of the ribs. Cut into desired serving pieces and place on a rack in a roasting pan, meaty-side up.
  5. Roast, uncovered, for about 90 minutes.
  6. Then brush the ribs with the sauce and continue roasting for an additional 45 minutes–1 hour, turning and brushing with the sauce several times until the ribs are cooked through.

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