Vickys Baked Spare Ribs – Dry Rub Style, GF DF EF SF NF

Vickys Baked Spare Ribs - Dry Rub Style, GF DF EF SF NF

We love spare ribs over here. Baby back ribs are more an overseas thing, we like the meatier, larger ribs. This is my favourite m…more


6 servings

  1. For the dry rub

  2. 200 g soft brown sugar

  3. 25 g smoked paprika

  4. 20 g granulated garlic

  5. 15 g low-sodium salt

  6. 10 g onion powder

  7. 10 g cumin

  8. 10 g mustard powder

  9. 5 g black pepper

  10. optional extras to taste, cayenne or chipotle pepper

  11. wet marinade

  12. 5 tbsp Dijon or other mild mustard – not hot mustard such as yellow

  13. 1 tbsp liquid smoke (optional but great)

  14. 12 pork spare ribs (5 lbs worth)

  15. my favourite BBQ sauce

  16. 160 ml tomato ketchup

  17. 80 ml apple cider vinegar

  18. 120 g soft brown sugar

  19. 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce – see my gluten-free recipe

  20. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  21. 2 tsp mustard powder

  22. 1/2 tsp granulated garlic

  23. 1/4 tsp onion powder


  1. Mix the mustard and the liquid smoke together and rub all over each side of your ribs. This will help keep your dry rub on

  2. Sprinkle the dry rub over the ribs and pat down to make sure it sticks well to the ribs. Turn and coat every side using all of the dry rub

  3. Unroll some cling film and lay on your work surface keeping it on the roll. Put a wire rack on top that fits over a roasting tin and put the ribs on top, meatiest side up. I needed 2 racks as I had 12 spare ribs

  4. Roll the rest of the cling film over the top and seal the ribs in. Put in the fridge to absorb the flavours for 1 – 2 hours. Any longer and the salt will start to draw too much moisture out of the meat

  5. Line a roasting / baking tray with foil and put the wire rack of unwrapped ribs on top

  6. Preheat the grill / broiler to medium heat and the oven itself to gas 3 / 150C / 300F

  7. Grill / broil the ribs for about 5 minutes, until the sugar in the dry rub is bubbling and the ribs are browning on top

  8. Move the ribs to the middle of the oven. Roast for 2 – 2.5 hours for spare ribs (1.5 – 2 hours for baby back ribs). Halfway through cooking, cover the ribs with foil

  9. About 30 minutes before the end of cooking, mix the BBQ sauce ingredients together well and brush the ribs with the sauce, re-cover with foil, and finish cooking

  10. The ribs are done when a knife slides easily into the thickest part of the rib meat. Let them rest, covered, for about 10 minutes then serve with more sauce if desired to ensure the kids make as big a mess of themselves as they can lol!

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