Spare Ribs

Spare ribs are cut from a section just above the belly and are slightly meatier, but still deliciously rich. Great marinated, and perfect for barbequing.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Marinade of choice

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

Apply your marinade to the pork with a 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 tablespoons oil
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • ½ cup smoky barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Try marinating and cooking under the grill or broiler for a crunchy texture.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • sauces / toppings of choice

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, turn the heat to medium-low and cook for a further 25 minutes.

   

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OVEN-GRILLED PORK SPARE RIBS ALLA PIZZAIOLA

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • 800g pork spare ribs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, torn
  • 1 cup basil leaves
The advantage of pan frying, is speed. Spare ribs are ready in just 20 minutes.
Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil

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

Fry up any additonal vegetables or ingredients of choice, season with salt & pepper and serve with spare ribs.

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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 tablespoons 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 tablespoon Mexican spice mix
Like its partner cut the pork belly, pork spare ribs are a dream to roast. Being slightly thinner, they cook quicker too. Crisp crackling and succulent meat – the perfect combination.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups sautéed veg of choice
  • 1 ½ cups stock or cooking liquid of choice

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, any additional ingredients of choice, 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 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups sautéed vegetables (onion, celery, garlic)
  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 1 cup beef stock
Spare ribs are great for slow cooking, but it’s important to avoid overcooking them as they can become dry – this means never increasing the heat, nor over-extending the cooking time.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups sautéed vegetables of choice
  • 1 cup grain or pulse of choice
  • 3 cups stock or cooking liquid of choice

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

In a large heavy-based lidded saucepan, fry any additional flavour enhancers of choice, then add the spare ribs and cook for 10 minutes, until browned.

STEP 3

Mix in the remaining ingredients of choice, fit the lid, then reduce the heat to low. Cook for 3 hours, until the pork and grain 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.

     

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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 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup diced pepperoni
  • 2 cups sautéed vegetables (celery, carrot, onion, garlic)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1½ tablespoon 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 perfect for casserole. Moist heat techniques create deliciously tender meat, while achieving maximum flavour.

Instructions based off 800g pork spare ribs

Use additional ingredients of your choice:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups diced vegetables of choice
  • sauce / paste or flavouring of choice
  • 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 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups diced vegetables (onion, celery, capsicum, garlic, ginger, lime leaf)
  • ¼ cup red curry paste
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock

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