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Oven-Baked BBQ Recipe: Pork Spare Ribs

Making good BBQ pork spare ribs is an art to some. It’s as much about the preparation of the meat as it is the sauce. But you don’t have to be Guy Fieri to make really good at home barbecue. This recipe delivers the flavor you’re looking for.

Slab of freshly grilled BBQ spare ribs with dipping sauce

Slab of freshly grilled BBQ spare ribs with dipping sauce

BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

30min to prepare serves 6-8


  • 2 racks pork spare ribs
  • barbeque sauce, your preference
  • 1 cup beer
  • DRY RUB:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
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  1. Preheat oven to 250ยบ F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine dry rub ingredients
  3. Prepare spare ribs by trimming the membrane (back of ribs) and tough meat (across the top), and discarding those pieces.
  4. Dividing the dry rub in half, equal amounts for both racks, rub the spices on the tops and bottoms of the ribs.
  5. On a baking tray and taking 8 pieces of aluminum foil, you're going to create pockets for the racks to cook in, meaty side up. 2 pieces of foil on the bottom, 2 pieces on the top, for each rack.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together beer and barbeque sauce of your choosing.
  7. Begin carefully sealing your foil packets. Before you seal the final edge, pour 1/2 of beer mixture into each packet.
  8. Bake ribs for 4 hours. Remove from oven and carefully open your packets and drain the sauce/drippings into a saucepan. Simmer on low heat and let thicken.
  9. Brush ribs with sauce and place back in oven, uncovered, under broiler, for 5-7 minutes.
  10. Remove and devour while hot.

Recipe adapted from Deep South Dish