Sticky Oven Barbecue Spare Ribs

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Sticky Oven Barbecue Spare Ribs are to die for! Fall-off-the-bone tender meat slathered with sticky drunken barbecue sauce! No need for forks here! Get those fingers ready to get sticky!

sticky oven barbecue spare ribs on a slab

Barbecue spare ribs have always been the most-liked weekend dish of my family. I had this recipe for years now and it has proven to be a winner. Why “drunken sauce,” you ask? This is because beer is one of the ingredients for the sauce. Any type of beer would do the job, so use whatever you have in your fridge or alternatively you can use soda.

sticky oven barbecue spare ribs with barbecue sauce

This is a year-round recipe because it’s oven-baked. Baking ribs in the oven for a few hours break down the connective tissues and results in a super moist and tender rib. You’ll be surprised at both how simple it is and how the ribs are ultra tasty.

ribs on top of slab on a table

Why cover the ribs when cooking in the oven?

I cook this in the oven for an hour covered with aluminum foil. Bring it out and remove the foil and brush it with the homemade sauce and place it back in the oven uncovered to cook for another 30 minutes. Covering a with foil will cook the ribs faster. This is because it traps the heat that rises off the ribs instead of letting it dissipate into the oven. Covering also has the effect of moistening the meat inside, like steaming, because any moisture that rises off the ribs is trapped by the cover.

ribs chopped and served

How to make Sticky Oven Barbecue Spare Ribs

They’re so flavorful and tender, it will be your new go-to recipe for ribs! There are some key components in this recipe and first is the dry rub.

dry rub ingredients
  • Wash the spare ribs thoroughly and at one end of the rack, slide a dinner knife under the membrane, and over a bone, for it to come off. Wash the ribs again and set aside.
  • In a bowl mix all ingredients for the rub. Set aside
  • Lay down an aluminum foil on a flat surface (length should be a bit longer than the rack of ribs). Pat dry the ribs and coat with the rub mixture on both sides then place them on top of the foil. Do the same with the second rack of ribs.
  • Get another foil and cover the top and seal by rolling all sides of the foil. Let marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. NOTE: overnight in the fridge will give better results.
  • Bake the ribs with foil cover in a pre-heated oven at 220° C for 1 hour

While the ribs are cooking nice and good in the oven, make the homemade barbecue sauce with the following ingredients.

barbecue sauce ingredients
  • After the ribs cooked for 1 hour in the oven, remove the top foil cover and bast the ribs with the sauce you made. Bake again for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven again and turn the ribs to brush the other side and cook in the oven again for 15 more minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and chop your ribs between the bones and pour some more sauce. Serve and Enjoy! Bon Appetit!
barbecue ribs slathered with sauce

Tips for Drunken Barbecue Spare Ribs

  • For best results, marinate the ribs overnight but you can also bake after 3 to 4 hours.

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

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Drunken Barbecue Spare Ribs

Sticky Oven Barbecue Spare Ribs are to die for! Fall-off-the-bone tender meat slathered with sticky drunken barbecue sauce! No need for forks here! Get those fingers ready to get sticky!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Marinate1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: barbecue, drunken, spareribs
Servings: 2 racks
Author: Mia

Ingredients

  • 2 racks pork spare ribs

For rubbing the spare ribs

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 1 cup beer – any kind / soda can be used as alternative
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp water thickening agent
  • 2 tbsp ketchup

Instructions

  • Wash the spare ribs thoroughly and at one end of the rack, slide a dinner knife under the membrane and over a bone for it to come off. Wash the ribs again and set aside.
  • In a bowl mix all ingredients for the rub. Set aside
  • Lay down an aluminum foil on a flat surface (length should be a bit longer than the rack of ribs). Pat dry the ribs and coat with the rub mixture on both sides then place on top of the foil. Do the same with the second rack of ribs.
  • Get another foil and cover the top and seal by rolling all sides of the foil. Let marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. NOTE: overnight in the fridge will give better results.
  • Pre-heat oven at 220° C. 
  • Bake the ribs with foil cover at 220° C for 1 hour
  • While the ribs are baking, Make the sauce by mixing all ingredients (except the thickening agent) in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and gradually add the thickening agent. stir and simmer for 10 mins. or until thick. Set aside
  • After the ribs cooked for 1 hour in the oven, remove the top foil cover and bast the ribs with the sauce you made. Bake again for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven again and turn the ribs to brush the other side and cook in the oven again for 15 more minutes or until tender.
  • Remove from the oven and chop your ribs between the bones and pour some more sauce. Serve and Enjoy! Bon Appetit!

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Notes

  1. Cook time may vary depending on the oven used. 

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