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Country Style Barbecued Pork Spare Ribs

Prep time 10 minutes Cook time 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 4 people

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.



  • 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


  1. 1.
    Preheat lidded barbecue to medium-high. Toss the pork spare ribs in half the oil, then season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. 2.
    Cook on hot barbecue grill until lightly blackened.
  3. 3.
    Transfer to a rack set over a roasting pan with 2cm water in it.
  4. 4.
    Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl to make a marinade.
  5. 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.