Spare Ribs

Spare ribs are cut from a section just above the belly and are slightly meatier, but still deliciously rich. Some cooks like to blanch them first to remove some fat, but when cooked over a moderate grill, much of the fat either melts away, or mixes with the marinade to make them irresistible.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • marinade of choice (suggested: BBQ & Worcestershire sauce + lemon juice & dried thyme)

OR follow our basic country-style barbecued pork spare ribs recipe below.

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STEP 1

Preheat lidded barbecue to medium-high. Toss the pork spare ribs in half the oil, then season generously with salt and pepper.

STEP 2

Cook on hot barbecue grill until lightly blackened.

STEP 3

Transfer to a rack set over a roasting pan with 2cm water in it.

STEP 4

Combine ingredients of choice in a bowl to make a marinade. Apply to pork with basting brush.

STEP 5

Cook the ribs with the lid down, baste from time to time with the marinade, for one hour, until the pork is tender and glazed.

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COUNTRY-STYLE BARBECUED PORK SPARE RIBS

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • 800g pork spare ribs
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • ½ cup smoky barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • sauces / toppings of choice (suggested: can cherry tomatoes, suger, lemon juice)
  • cheese, optional (suggested: mozzarella)

OR follow our basic oven-grilled pork spare ribs alla pizzaiola recipe below.

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STEP 1

Preheat oven grill to high. Toss the ribs in oil, then season generously with salt and pepper.

STEP 2

Arrange the spare ribs in a roasting dish and grill for 3 minutes each side, until lightly-browned.

STEP 3

Add sauces/toppings of choice (mix the tomatoes, sugar and lemon juice), add to the dish with cheese if using, turn the heat to medium-low and cook for a further 25 minutes. Scatter with basil or fresh garnish of choice.

   

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Combining rich and succulent spare ribs with the mild acidity of tomatoes and a hint of sweet cheese is a brilliant way to show off the best of Australian pork. Tell the kids it’s just like a ham pizza……only without the crust!

OVEN-GRILLED PORK SPARE RIBS ALLA PIZZAIOLA

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • 800g pork spare ribs
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, torn
  • 1 cup basil leaves

Spare ribs, like most pork cuts, adapt to spice well. The advantage of pan frying, is speed. Because the ribs are ready in just 20 minutes, adding spice to your dish works well when pan frying as the spice flavours remain bright and aromatic, without dulling through over-cooking.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • mixed veg or spicy salsa to serve, optional

OR follow our basic pan fried spare ribs with warm tex-mex salsa recipe below.

STEP 1

Season the spare ribs generously with salt and pepper, then rub with oil.

STEP 2

Sear skin side-down in a large frying pan set over a low-moderate heat for 12 minutes, until beginning to crisp.

STEP 3

Fry on each side for 3 minutes, then set aside.

STEP 4 - OPTIONAL

Add onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 3 minutes, then mix in the vegetables, tomatoes, oregano and spice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the spare ribs topped with vegetable mixture.

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PAN FRIED SPARE RIBS WITH WARM TEX-MEX SALSA

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • 800 pork spare ribs
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, black beans, peas, capsicums)
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 bunch oregano, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Mexican spice mix

Like its partner cut the pork belly, pork spare ribs are a dream to roast. Being slightly thinner, they cook a quicker too (about half the time, depending on the actual cut). Crisp crackling and succulent meat – the perfect combination.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cups sautéed veg of choice (suggested: onion, celery, garlic)
  • 1 ½ cups cooking liquid / stock

OR follow our basic roast spare ribs in cherry-bourbon sauce recipe below.

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STEP 1

Preheat oven to 220°C. Season the spare ribs generously with salt and pepper, then rub with oil.

STEP 2

Arrange the vegetables (and cherries if using), and pork (skin side-up) in a roasting pan, then bake for 30 minutes.

   

STEP 3

Pour in the liquid / stock, reduce oven to 150°C, then bake for a further 1 hour.

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ROAST SPARE RIBS IN CHERRY-BOURBON SAUCE

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 800g pork spare ribs
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cups sautéed vegetables (onion, celery, garlic)
  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 1 cup beef stock

Spare ribs, like belly, slow cook well as they have plenty of tougher connective tissue. That said, it’s also important to avoid overcooking them as they can become dry – this means never increasing the heat, nor extending the cooking time by too much for either.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup diced pepperoni, optional flavour enhancer
  • 2 cups sautéed veg of choice (suggested: celery, carrot, onion, garlic)
  • herbs & seasoning of choice
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 3 cups cooking liquid /stock (suggested: 2 cups stock + 400g can diced tomatoes)
  • spinach leaves, optional

OR follow our basic slow-cooked spare rib Jambalaya recipe below.

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STEP 1

Use a sharp knife to cut the spare ribs into 2cm chunks. Season the spare ribs generously with salt and pepper, then rub with oil.

STEP 2

Fry the pepperoni (if using) in a large heavy-based lidded saucepan for 5 minutes, until browned, then add the spare ribs and cook for 10 minutes, until browned.

STEP 3

Mix in the remaining ingredients, fit the lid, then reduce the heat to low. Cook for 3 hours, until the pork and rice are tender and the sauce has thickened. If using a slow cooker, transfer to cooking insert and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.

     

Fold in spinach leaves if using, then serve.

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SLOW-COOKED SPARE RIB JAMBALAYA

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3½ hours

  • 800g spare ribs
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup diced pepperoni
  • 2 cups sautéed vegetables (celery, carrot, onion, garlic)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1½ Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups spinach leaves

The delicate fat of spare ribs makes them the perfect partner for sharp spicy flavours like curry. You could always make your own curry paste, and there’s plenty of easily accessible recipes online, but a store bought paste makes easy family dinner a no-brainer.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cups diced veg of choice (suggested: onion, celery, capsicum, garlic, ginger, lime leaf)
  • sauce / paste or flavouring of choice (suggested: curry paste, coconut cream & fish sauce)
  • 2 cups cooking liquid / stock

OR follow our basic spare rib casserole in thai red curry sauce recipe below.

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STEP 1

Preheat oven to 160°C. Use a sharp knife to cut the spare ribs into chunks, season generously with salt and pepper, then toss with oil.

   

STEP 2

Sear the pork pieces in a frying pan set over a high heat for 5 minutes, until browned, then transfer to a lidded casserole dish with the remaining ingredients of choice and mix well.

 

STEP 3

Simmer or bake for 3 hours, until tender.

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SPARE RIB CASSEROLE IN THAI RED CURRY SAUCE

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours

  • 800g pork spare ribs
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cups diced vegetables (onion, celery, capsicum, garlic, ginger, lime leaf)
  • ¼ cup red curry paste
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock

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