Mom's "Sweet 'n Sours" Pork Ribs


My mom's longtime sweet and sour spare ribs recipe that she learned from my grandmother who has long passed on. Combines soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, dry mustard, garlic, as well as a few other simple ingredients to make a delicious sauce for cut ribs. Great over rice, too — some say rice with this sauce is their favorite food! A Lechner family tradition.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • 2 cups water

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ½ cup vinegar

  • 2 pounds pork spareribs, cut into bite size pieces

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped


  1. Mix sugar, flour, salt, pepper, and mustard in a bowl. Stir in water, soy sauce, and vinegar.

  2. Place ribs in a pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, cook for 10 minutes, and drain.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown ribs on all sides. Mix in sauce mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  4. Mix in garlic and continue cooking for 15 minutes, or to desired doneness.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

669 Calories
34g Fat
59g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 669
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 2482mg 108%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 407mg 9%

* 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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