Oven Pork Spare Ribs Recipe


This oven pork spare ribs recipe is very easy to make and will render you tender, juicy ribs. They will cook for approximately three hours.

You will be marinating these in brown sugar and cider vinegar. They should marinate for at least 2 hours so make sure to allot the time. Once you are ready to cook them simply discard the marinade.

It is recommended that you remove the fascia or membrane from the back part of the rib racks. This will allow the marinade to penetrate better and the ribs will be more tender. It is a very easy process that you can see in this video if you wish.

Spareribs are affordable and less expensive than baby back ribs. They are also tougher so you need to cook them for a long time in order to get them tender and juicy. Be patient.

The first step in this recipe is to place the rack of ribs, meat side up, under a high broiling unit (grill) for about 15 minutes. This will sear the meat and seal in the juices. Then you will lower the heat and cook them slowly.

This is what you are going to need for this oven pork spare ribs recipe:

1 rack pork spareribs
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups cider vinegar
1 cup barbecue sauce, any brand your heart desires or homemade

The first thing you need to do is remove the membrane from the bone side. This is not as hard as it sounds! Use a small paring knife to separate it and then pull on it. Throw away the membrane.

Then, generously slather the ribs with brown sugar. Next, turn the ribs meat side down and pour in the vinegar. Marinade the ribs for 2 to 3 hours.

Turn the oven on broil. Get rid of the marinade and broil the ribs, meat side up, until browned – approximately 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the ribs – do not burn them! Turn the pan around in the oven to broil evenly.

Turn the oven down to 325 degrees. Let the ribs cook for 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush on barbecue sauce.

Return to the oven and cook for an additional 60 minutes. Brush with bbq sauce two more times, cooking 30 minutes after each time or until barbecue sauce is caramelized. Remove from oven and place on a carving board. Separate the ribs individually.

Serve with your favorite side! Enjoy with lots of napkins and some more barbecue sauce on the side!

Print the Oven BBQ Spare Ribs Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • April 14, 2009

    Elizabeth Radzinski

    Awesome!! You helped me a bunch here! Thanks!!

  • April 14, 2009


    Glad to hear it! You are very welcome!

  • January 24, 2010


    Love the simplicity and doesn’t appear to be time-consuming.
    Never heard about removing a membrane before – makes sense.

    I look forward to trying this recipe.

  • January 24, 2010


    Thanks! I think you will like these! Happy cooking!
    Mary Ann

  • August 29, 2011


    had a few questions as i was cooking… broil high or low? what rack should i put it on? I put it on the middle and broiled on high. we will see what happens. Also do you put the ribs back meat side up while broiling?By the time you have read this I’ll have them eaten already.. 🙂 maybe it will help out the others making this though.. THANKs!

  • August 29, 2011


    I hope these were wonderful! Thank you for the suggestion! I will correct this. Have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • January 29, 2015


    I’m planning on trying this recipe today. But I had a suggestion for membrane removal, using the tip of a chop stick works really well to sneak under the membrane and meat. Then pull using a paper towel or two, it isn’t quite as slippery. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • January 29, 2015


    Hi Leah!
    Thank you for the tip! I am very happy that you will make these and hope they come out perfect for you!I really appreciate you taking the time to write! Take care.
    Mary Ann

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