BBQ Pork Spare Ribs


  • 2 to 2.5kg pork spare ribs, cut into serving size pieces
  • 125g butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) distilled white vinegar
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • 250ml (1 cup) ketchup
  • 250ml (1 cup) barbecue sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Place ribs in large frying pan or roasting pan. Cover with lightly salted water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour, or until meat is tender, but not quite falling off the bone. Remove from heat, and drain. 

While the ribs are simmering, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic until the onion softens. Remove from the heat. 

In a blender, combine vinegar,water, ketchup, barbecue sauce and lemon juice. Pour in the melted butter mixture, and purée for 1 minute.  Pour into the saucepan, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. 

Place the cooked ribs in a roasting pan, and mix with the sauce. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight. 

Preheat barbecue for medium-high heat. 

Brush the grill hotplate with oil. Cook ribs for 10 to 20 minutes, or until well browned, basting with sauce and turning frequently. 



If you like your spare ribs spicy, add Tabasco sauce or crushed chillies to taste.

Use a gas barbecue for delicious food, fast.