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Try this BBQ pork spare ribs recipe for a hearty family meal. Loaded with spices and rich tomato flavour, it’s impossible to go wrong.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time3 hour
  • Prep time20 minutes
Southern BBQ pork ribs with sauce and salad


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5kg Coles Pork BBQ Ribs
  • 400g pkt Coles American BBQ Slaw Kit

BBQ sauce

  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat a covered barbecue on medium (alternatively, preheat oven to 160°C). Combine oil, paprika, chilli, garlic salt, brown sugar and dried oregano in a shallow ceramic dish. Add ribs and rub to coat. Place ribs in a lined disposable baking dish. Cover with foil. Cook in covered barbecue using indirect heat, or in oven, for 1 hour. Remove foil. Cook for a further 1 hour.
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, to make the BBQ sauce, combine the onion, tomatoes, garlic, sugar, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 mins or until thickened. Set aside to cool slightly. Transfer onion mixture to a blender or food processor. Blend or process until smooth.
  3. Step 3

    Brush half the BBQ sauce over the ribs in the tray. Cook for 1 hour or until meat is tender.
  4. Step 4

    Prepare the salad kit following packet directions. Serve the ribs with the remaining BBQ sauce and salad.

Pork spare ribs recipe

These succulent BBQ pork ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and have a delicious smoky flavour. Sauce is a must for any southern-style American spare ribs recipe, and the BBQ pork ribs marinade requires just 6 easy ingredients. This BBQ pork ribs recipe is fantastic for entertaining and can be served solo or with crusty rolls and a homemade salad like this Texas slaw.

All you need to make this recipe for pork spare ribs is a barbecue (or 160°C oven), a marinade container, and a disposable baking dish. Cooked over a medium flame for 3 hours, pork spare ribs on the BBQ are unbeatable when it comes to flavour.

Now get cooking

There are plenty of pork spare ribs recipes out there, but sticky Chinese pork spare ribs are a favourite. Marinated in hoisin, soy, sherry, and spices, they’re served atop rice with Asian greens and perfectly juicy from the oven.


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