Deb’s Foolproof BBQ (Barbequed) Beef Spareribs

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“I avoided making BBQ ribs for years, sure that there were difficult tricks of the trade to make them so good! After enjoy some better than restaurant quality ribs at my sisters I finally decided to ask her what the tricks were. She had a good laugh and then promised me that they were NOT hard to make and there were no tricks at all, just a few easy steps to follow that always brought wonderful, finger licking results. The next day, I received her recipe in the email and it was just as she had described…both simple and easy to follow. Thanks Deb for sharing your recipe and I (and my family) wish that I had asked for your recipe two decades ago!”
1hr 45mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 lbs spareribs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce (of your choice)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Rinse the ribs, drain them well and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Place the ribs on a rack in a roasting pan (I didn't have one, so I laid 3 ribs of celery lengthwise in a 9 x 13 baking dish and put my ribs on top of the celery). Pour 3 cups of water into the pan and cover the pan with foil. Bake the covered ribs for 30 minutes.
  2. Carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven (watching out for the hot liquid in the bottom of the pan). Remove the ribs to a platter and drain off all the accumulated liquid from the pan, wiping the pan dry and lowering the oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  3. Return the ribs to the pan. Using approximately 1/4 cup BBQ sauce per pound, brush the BBQ sauce over the top of the ribs. Bake uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the ribs from the oven, turn them over and baste top with another 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce per rib. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and turn the meatiest side up, baste with remaining BBQ sauce. Preheat the top Broiler to 500 degree and place the ribs about 6 inches under the broiler. Allow the ribs to broil for a few minutes, caramelizing the BBQ sauce and then remove them from oven and serve!

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