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Tangy Spareribs

I still remember coming home from church to the smell of these ribs baking in the oven alongside baked potatoes. They have an old-fashioned homemade barbecue sauce that clings to every morsel. —Judy Clark, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 to 5 pounds pork spareribs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder


  • Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place in a shallow roasting pan, bone side down. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally; remove from the heat.
  • Drain fat from roasting pan. Pour sauce over ribs. Bake 45-60 minutes longer or until ribs are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 318 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 478mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • sdipiazza
    Sep 15, 2019

    Tried these today. Baked the ribs for about 1 hour and then added the sauce and baked for another hour. Very tender and tasty...Do make double the sauce though...we like ours saucy.

  • lgallvall
    Oct 20, 2014

    I had the same fear of the ribs not getting tender enough... and I was right! I used St. Louis cut ribs, so that may have been the problem. I did actually like the sauce a lot... it has a nice bright flavor .... so I think I'll try the crockpot version that brat85 suggested.

  • dflack628
    Nov 17, 2013

    I made these last night using baby back ribs I had in the freezer instead of spareribs. Also, after adding the sauce, I cooked them covered for a while because I like my ribs really, really tender and didn't think the cook time in the directions would be long enough. I cooked them for a total of 2 1/4 hours and they did get tender. I wish they were a bit saucier and will make double the sauce next time.

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    Aug 6, 2013

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    Jun 13, 2013

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    Jun 11, 2013

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  • rkearsing
    Jun 11, 2013

    after I made this recipe and let it simmer, all I could taste was ketchup. I added 1/12 teaspoon of granulated garlic, which enhanced the flavor. My daughter liked it a lot and took the rest of the ribs home for her daughter.

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    Jun 8, 2013

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    Jun 7, 2013

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  • claylady01
    Jun 7, 2013

    I am trying to print this recipe so I can have it on hand whenever we want ribs.