Tender Pork Spare Ribs


This pork spare rib recipe was inspired by a celebrity chef's braising method for baby back ribs. I changed the seasonings and increased the cooking time, and I have been very pleased with them every time. These spare ribs are really tender, and the meat is so flavorful that you don't have to add BBQ sauce unless you want to. My neighbor is the one who told me about the fajita seasoning, and she was right on!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup fajita seasoning (such as Fiesta®)

  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika

  • 2 racks pork spareribs, fat trimmed

  • 1 cup beer

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon prepared brown mustard


  1. Mix brown sugar, fajita seasoning, and paprika in a bowl. Rub both sides of pork spareribs with the brown sugar mixture. Place spareribs in a 9x13-inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Whisk together beer, garlic, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a bowl. Set aside.

  3. 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 spare ribs, shiny-side up. Begin tightly folding the edges of the foil together to create a sealed packet. Just before sealing completely, divide beer mixture evenly into each packet. Complete the seal. Place the packets side-by-side on an 11x14-inch baking sheet.

  4. Bake ribs in the preheated oven until the ribs are very tender, 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Carefully open each packet and drain drippings into a saucepan. You may only need the drippings from one packet. Place ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet and set aside.

  5. Heat the saucepan over medium-high and simmer drippings until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Brush the thickened sauce over ribs.

  6. Preheat the broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Return ribs to the oven and broil until the sauce is lightly caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes.

    overhead view of Tender Pork Spare Ribs in a baking dish
    Fred Schneider

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

943 Calories
61g Fat
37g Carbs
58g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 943
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 61g 78%
Saturated Fat 22g 111%
Cholesterol 241mg 80%
Sodium 702mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 58g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 781mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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