Close-to-the-bone spare ribs recipe

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10 min


1 hr

Nutrition per portion

Calories 243 kCal 12%
Fat 16g 23%
  -  Saturates 10g 50%

This simple spare ribs recipe was made as a spooky Halloween treat. Perfect for parties, they work just as well as a meal if your family love ribs


  • 28g vegetable stock pot (we used Knorr) or vegetable stock cube
  • 1.2kg pork spare ribs
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 330ml bottle barbecue sauce (we used Reggae Reggae Sauce)


  • Pour 2 litres (31⁄2 pints) boiling water into a large pan with the stock pot or stock cube. Add the ribs. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

  • Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Strain the ribs from the stock and put into a roasting tin with the onion, garlic and barbecue sauce. Stir to coat well in the sauce.

  • Roast for 30 minutes until the ribs are brown, then serve.

Top tip for making Close-to-the-bone spare ribs

The ribs can be boiled and then left in the marinade and cooked the next day for a stronger BBQ flavour.

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