Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs

Calling all pork lovers! How about some barbecue pork spare ribs?

I had a hankering for some barbecued pork ribs and if you know me,whenever I long for a certain meal I usually end up making it.

First, I had to get a reliable supplier and thanks to my fellow food bloggers I got Santos’ number. He owns a butchery at City Market in the CBD. I’m yet to meet the guy since all our correspondence has been via phone and usually my brother goes to pick the pork. What I can say is that, Santos is pretty reliable and ensures the meat ordered is ready for pick up.┬á

Since pork is pretty fatty, you can request your butcher to trim the excess fat. Also when working with the ribs, there’s normally the silvery membrane which is on the bone side of the ribs and should be removed. Using a sharp knife, make a slit on the membrane then using your hands, peel it off. Alternatively,you can also request your butcher to remove it.


When working with pork ribs or any kind of ribs for that matter,spice rubs come in handy. Essentially a medley of spices and some dried herbs work well. I chose to use rosemary leaves, ground coriander seeds, paprika and salt and pepper for seasoning.

spice rub
spice rub

In a bowl, combine the herbs and spices .

barbecue-pork-spare-ribs-leotunapika-6Using a paper towel, pat dry the pork ribs and then generously rub them down with the spice rub. Do this on both sides.

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In a pre heated oven, put the rack of ribs, bone side up to bake. Bake for 25 minutes then flip them over and bake for an additional 25 minutes.

barbecue-pork-spare-ribs-leotunapika-11Once baked on both sides,you can glaze the pork ribs with your preferred barbecue sauce. I used my homemade barbecue sauce.

simple-homemade-barbecue-sauce-leotunapikaGenerously glaze the pork ribs with the barbecue sauce then put them back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes and then do the same for the other side.

barbecue-pork-spare-ribs-leotunapika-3Let the barbecue pork spare ribs stand for about 10 minutes before serving them.

Drizzle over some of the barbecue sauce on the ribs for extra flavour.



Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs

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  • 2.5 kg pork spare ribs, fat trimmed and membrane removed
  • Barbecue sauce for glazing
  • for the spice rub

  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp ground coriander
  • A handful of rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp crush black pepper


Pre heat your oven at 350 degrees F

Combine the spices and herbs for the rub.

Pat dry the rack of ribs and generously rub the spice rub on both sides.

Place the ribs in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes then flip to bake the other side for another 25 minutes.

Afterwards, generously brush over your preferred barbecue sauce on the ribs and let them cook for 10 minutes and repeat the process for the other side.

Once done, let the ribs rest for 10 minutes before serving them.



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