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Oven Tender Spare Ribs Recipe

An overnight soak in a flavorful rub, a slow cook in the oven and you've got oven tender ribs without much of a ruckus.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1024kcal


  • 2 racks spare ribs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup fajita seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 cup beer
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown mustard


  • Mix the brown sugar, fajita seasoning, and paprika in a bowl.
  • Rub both sides of the spare ribs with the brown sugar mixture.
  • Place the spareribs in a 9x13-inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat an oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  • Whisk together the beer, garlic, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a bowl.
  • Set aside.
  • Tear off 2 large sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil and lay them shiny-side down.
  • Place a rack of spare ribs on each sheet, meaty-side up.
  • Tear off 2 more sheets of foil and place them on top of the ribs, shiny-side up.
  • Begin tightly folding the edges of the foil together to create a sealed packet.
  • Just before sealing completely, divide the beer mixture evenly into each packet.
  • Complete the seal.
  • Place the packets side-by-side on an 11x14-inch baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the ribs are very tender, 3 hours and 30 minutes to 4 hours.
  • Carefully open each packet, and drain the drippings into a saucepan.
  • You may only need the drippings from one packet.
  • Set ribs aside.
  • Simmer the drippings over medium-high heat until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  • Brush the thickened sauce over the ribs.
  • Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.
  • Place the ribs back into the oven and broil until the sauce is lightly caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes.


Serve, and enjoy!


Calories: 1024kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 71g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 243mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 921mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 1149IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 4mg