Sweet and Tender Pork Ribs

    1 hour 20 min

    These easy barbecue ribs are absolutely perfect. They are pre-boiled with herbs and grilled to perfection with a sweetened garlic sauce.

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    Serves: 8 

    • For the Ribs
    • 3kg pork baby back ribs
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons garlic granules
    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
    • For the Sauce
    • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons distilled malt vinegar
    • 125ml steak sauce
    • 3 tablespoons white wine
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 120g plum sauce
    • 340g jar honey
    • 3 tablespoons black treacle

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Place ribs in a large pot, cover with water and add thyme, oregano, garlic granules, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes.
    2. Remove from heat and either let stand until ready to barbecue or cook immediately.
    3. Meanwhile, mix together the sauce ingredients and blend well. Remove ribs from liquid and brush both sides with the sauce.
    4. If possible barbecue the ribs 15 to 20cm from the coals for 15-20 minutes or until brown and crisp. Basting frequently. Serve with remaining sauce.

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    Reviews in English (16)


    Very tasty! I wish I would have thought of putting spice in the water while boiling ribs years ago! I cut the recipe in half and it was perfect!  -  10 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    The sauce was excellent! To make my ribs more tender, I didn't boil them, I wrapped the ribs in foil sprayed lighty with "pam" and baked at 275-300F (depending on oven) for 3 1/2-4 hrs and then brushed the sauce on ribs broiling in oven (watching). Repeated this step 4 times. These ribs fell right off the bone. I sprinkled salt/pepper and garlic spice on ribs before wrapped in foil.  -  07 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was excellent! My family raved about them. Definitely a keeper.  -  28 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)