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Sweet & Sticky Pork Ribs

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This is a great method for cooking ribs if you haven't got a smoker and want that fall-off-the-bone tenderness. Low and slow in the oven and quick sear at the end give these ribs the texture you crave! Try out the spice rub and BBQ sauce & make sure you have plenty of paper towels for this messy & delicious dinner.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook time: 4 hrs

Yield: 6 + rib racks


Spice Rub

  • 2 tbsp paprika

  • 3 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion flakes

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp oregano

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 20g water

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1/2 tbsp ketchup

  • 1/2 tbsp lizano salsa

  • 1/2 tsp oregano

  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • freshly grated black pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 270F.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & arrange the ribs on the paper.

  3. Mix together the spice rub ingredients. Rub all over the surface of the ribs.

  4. Cover the ribs with a second piece of parchment paper and then seal the entire baking sheet with tin foil, firmly sealing the ribs in.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 3 to 3.5 hrs.

  6. Meanwhile, prepare the BBQ sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 20min or until thick and syrupy.

  7. When the ribs are done in the oven, go and heat up your outdoor grill to high heat.

  8. Brush the BBQ sauce onto the ribs. Grill them, sauce side down, for 3-5min or until the sauce is caramelized and nicely charred.

  9. Serve with extra sauce on the side and fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Zhuzh it up!

  • If you've got a smoker, cook your ribs on there, low and slow, for about 4hrs at 250F. You could use a pecan or apple wood to give it extra sweet smoky flavour.

  • If you haven't got an outdoor grill, remove the ribs when they're done cooking low and slow. Turn on your broiler and place them under it with the sauce brushed on to let them broil to your desired finish.

  • Don't feel like you need to make your own BBQ sauce, your favourite store bought one will work just fine in the same way. And feel free to adjust any of the spice measurements. Make it sweeter or spicier to your own preference!

This amazing recipe was written by Avery Cochrane and Erin Walker


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