Pork spare ribs recipe

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Why choose pork spare ribs?

Pork spare ribs are a delicious and hearty dish known for their tender meat and rich, smoky flavour. Perfect for any occasion, these ribs are ideal for both casual weeknight dinners and festive family barbecues. Our pork spare ribs recipe combines top-quality pork from Grange Meat Co. with a flavourful marinade, resulting in a dish that is both easy to prepare and irresistibly delicious.

Selecting the right ingredients

The success of your pork spare ribs hinges on the quality of the components. For the best results, start with premium pork from Grange Meat Co. Here's what you'll need for your pork spare ribs:

  • Pork Spare Ribs: Opt for spare ribs from Grange Meat Co., known for their meaty and flavourful qualities.
  • Marinade: A blend of soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and spices to infuse the ribs with delicious flavour.
  • Spices: Paprika, black pepper, and chilli powder for depth and warmth.
  • Oil: For marinating and grilling.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning.


  • 1.5 kg pork spare ribs
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt, to taste

Here's a step-by-step guide to making pork spare ribs:

  1. Prepare your ingredients

Begin by trimming any excess fat from the pork spare ribs. Pat them dry with paper towels.

  1. Make the marinade

In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, minced ginger, paprika, black pepper, chilli powder, olive oil, and salt. Mix well to create the marinade.

  1. Marinate the ribs

Place the pork spare ribs in a large resealable bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the ribs, ensuring they are evenly coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for the best results.

  1. Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 150°C. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil and place a wire rack on top.

  1. Cook the ribs

Remove the ribs from the marinade and place them on the wire rack, meat side up. Reserve the marinade for basting. Cover the ribs with aluminium foil and bake in the preheated oven for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and pulling away from the bones.

  1. Baste and grill

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Brush the ribs with the reserved marinade and place them on the grill. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, basting occasionally, until the ribs are caramelised and slightly charred.

  1. Rest 

Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring each bite is succulent.

  1. Serve

Serve your pork spare ribs with a side of coleslaw, potato salad, or corn on the cob for a complete and satisfying meal.


Tips for ‘fall off the bone’ tender pork spare ribs

  • The key to perfect pork spare ribs is slow cooking to tenderise the meat and then grilling to achieve a delicious, caramelised crust. 
  • Covering the ribs in aluminium foil ensures the ribs remain succulent and juicy. 

Perfect pairings for pork spare ribs

Pork spare ribs pair wonderfully with a variety of sides. Try serving them with tangy coleslaw, creamy potato salad, or grilled vegetables. For an added touch of freshness, garnish with chopped fresh herbs.

How long should I marinate pork spare ribs?

For the best flavour, marinate pork spare ribs for at least 2 hours, but ideally overnight in the refrigerator. This extended marination time allows the ribs to absorb the flavours from the marinade, resulting in tender and delicious ribs. Ensure the ribs are evenly coated with the marinade and stored in an airtight container during this period. If you're short on time, even a quick 30-minute marinade will enhance the flavour, but longer is preferred for deeper, more robust flavours.

What is the best cooking method for pork spare ribs?

Slow cooking is one of the best methods for pork spare ribs to achieve tender, flavorful meat. Bake the ribs in a preheated oven at 150°C (302°F) for 2.5 to 3 hours, covered with foil. This slow, low-temperature cooking ensures the ribs become tender. After baking, you can grill the ribs for 10-15 minutes, basting with additional marinade or BBQ sauce to caramelise and add a smoky flavour. This combination of baking and grilling provides tender ribs with a delicious, slightly charred exterior.

Now that you know how to cook pork spare ribs using quality ingredients from Grange Meat Co., you’re all set to impress at your next family gathering. This pork spare ribs recipe promises a delightful experience with each tender, flavourful bite. Enjoy the process and the meal!