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Last Updated on December 16, 2020

Whip up these delicious oven baked pork spare ribs for fall off the bone BBQ that everyone will say is the best ribs recipe ever. This great recipe is one of my all-time favorite comfort food recipes for any time of the year.

plate of oven baked pork spare ribs on a plate

We don’t have a grill. No joke, seriously, every grill we have ever owned has turned into a rust pit after winter so when it comes to whipping up pork spare ribs, I have to turn to the oven.

I have two dietary issues to deal with also. Mr. Bejelly does not do well with cooked tomato products, and he will have a bought of heartburn if he eats them. 

We also are really trying to phase out all sugar in our diet as this helps reduce and often eliminate any bouts of heartburn. 

I have yet to find a barbecue sauce that is tomato free and sugar-free, so I invented a spice rub for ribs.

How to prepare Pork Spare Ribs

First gather all your ingredients and tools:

  • pork ribs or pork spareribs
  • baking sheet/roasting pan
  • aluminum foil
  • spice rub/dry rub
  • paper towels
  • bbq sauce (see my peach bbq sauce recipe here)

How to remove the membrane from ribs:

To find the membrane, find the meaty side and then flip them over. You will see a thin, somewhat translucent layer of white tissue which you want to remove on the bottom.

The first step is to pull up a corner of the membrane at one edge of the slab of ribs. You can slide the point of a blunt knife underneath to get it started, but often you can just pull it up using your fingers. The membrane is the only part of the ribs you should be able to easily separate from the ribs.

Once you have it detached from one end, simply get a good grip and peel it away from the baby back ribs or pork spare ribs. You can use a paper towel to help get a hold of the membrane since it can be slippery. Continue to pull away from where you started, and it should come off the ribs in one whole piece.

More Ideas on ways to prepare your Pork Spare Ribs:

Marinate:

  • You can marinate your pork spare ribs prior to baking. Marinating can be as simple as using broth or creating a simple marinate. One of the most popular marinated is a combination of coca cola and brown sugar.

Precook in your Instant Pot

I recently started precooking my pork spare ribs in my Instant Pot to cut down on the oven cook time and make them fall of the bone deliciousness.

  1. Place your ribs in an Instant Pot with 1 cup (0.24 l) of broth.
  2. Close the lid and press the Manual button and set to 45 minutes.
  3. Let the ribs natural release and then coat with the spice rub.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the ribs on a sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. When the ribs are done, slather in BBQ sauce and devour.
Photo of spices on a plate to create a dry rub for ribs.

I did swab it down in my Peach BBQ Sauce  so be sure to check it out.

What you’ll need for this Recipe:

How to Make This Oven Baked Pork Spare Ribs Recipe:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon until well blended.

Lightly apply this rub to both sides of your rack until it is well coated. There will be some rub left over which I typically don’t apply to the ribs. You can if you would like but it is a strong flavor.

Next take two sheets of aluminum foil and cover the ribs in a sealed packet. Place the ribs in your oven to bake for 3 – 3.25 hours.

The side of the ribs should be falling off the bone by the time they are done. 

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Did you make and love this recipe?  Give your review below.

Pork Spare Ribs
Yield: 4

Pork Spare Ribs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

The best dry rub for your pork spare ribs that is sugar-free and can be made in your oven.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon until well blended.
  3. Lightly apply this rub to both sides of your rack until it is well coated. There will be some rub left over which I typically don't apply to the ribs. You can if you would like but it is a strong flavor.
  4. Next take two sheets of aluminum foil and sandwich the ribs Place them in your oven to bake for 3 – 3.25 hours.
  5. The meat should be falling off the bone by the time they are done. 

Notes

Precook in your Instant Pot

I recently started precooking my pork spare ribs in my Instant Pot to cut down on the oven cook time and make them fall of the bone deliciousness.

  1. Place your ribs in an Instant Pot with 1 cup (0.24 l) of broth.
  2. Close the lid and press the Manual button and set to 45 minutes.
  3. Let the ribs natural release and then coat with the spice rub.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the ribs on a sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. When the ribs are done, slather in BBQ sauce and devour.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 42Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 806mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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jennifer

Monday 28th of December 2020

Oh hello, delicious spare ribs! I didn't realize they would be this easy to make -- I've bookmaked for new years day feasting!

Megan Stevens

Sunday 27th of December 2020

It's so nice to know now how to prepare ribs in the IP; thank you!! SO easy and delicious!

Donny

Saturday 26th of December 2020

I love ribs and this looks fantastic. Love the cacao and cinnamon in the dry rub!

Stacey Crawford

Saturday 26th of December 2020

This is so much easier than grilling them and the rub has great flavor! My hubby gets so happy went I serve ribs! :)

tina

Thursday 24th of December 2020

This rub is so flavorful! Especially love that you included the instant pot recipe!

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