Delicious and Tender Braised Barbecue Pork Spareribs Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious, succulent, and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs recipe that will have your taste buds singing? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! I’m here to guide you through the steps of making the perfect braised barbecue pork spareribs recipe.

Braising involves cooking meat slowly at a low heat in a flavorful liquid until tender and juicy. In this recipe, our braising liquid consists of lager beer, barbecue sauce, beef broth, red wine, and some aromatic vegetables. The result is an irresistible combination of sweet and tangy flavors that will knock your socks off!

Nowadays, there are many different ways to cook ribs—on the grill, smoked for hours over wood chips, boiled or steamed before being grilled or baked. However, by braising our spare ribs, we’re ensuring that they’re cooked evenly throughout and all that flavor stays in the meat. It’s really easy to do and delivers exceptional results.

This dish is perfect for family dinners and summer barbecues alike. So why not give it a go and impress your friends and family at the next backyard cookout? Follow my instructions carefully and you’ll be on your way to making mouthwatering pork ribs like a pro.

So grab a dutch oven or deep wok, fire up that grill or preheat that oven- we’re about to make some delicious barbecue pork spareribs!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Braised Barbecue Pork Spareribs
Braised Barbecue Pork Spareribs

Are you tired of the same old boring spareribs recipe? Look no further than this delicious braised barbecue pork spareribs recipe. Get ready to fall in love.

First and foremost, the preparation for this dish is incredibly easy. It only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, such as vegetable oil, barbecue sauce, beef broth, and lager beer. The braising of the pork ribs ensures that they become incredibly tender and juicy, making them simply irresistible.

But what really sets this recipe apart is the flavors. The combination of sweet and tangy barbecue sauce with the deep and complex flavors of red wine and beef broth will leave your taste buds singing with joy. And don’t forget the perfect mix of spices like ground black pepper and barbecue seasoning to give your ribs a mouth-watering aroma.

What’s more, this recipe is incredibly versatile, making it perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a family dinner or a big backyard barbecue party, these pork ribs are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

So why wait? Try out this braised barbecue pork spareribs recipe today and experience for yourself why it’s sure to become a staple in your cooking repertoire. Trust me; once you try them, you’ll never go back to plain old spareribs again!

Ingredient List

 A tender, juicy rack of braised barbecue pork spareribs that's guaranteed to impress.
A tender, juicy rack of braised barbecue pork spareribs that’s guaranteed to impress.

The ingredient list for this braised barbecue pork spareribs recipe is relatively simple, with many of the items being pantry staples. Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious and flavorful dish:


  • 1 rack pork spare ribs (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
  • OR 1 rack baby back ribs (about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds)


  • 1 teaspoon of barbecue seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper

Cooking Oil

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Barbecue Sauces

  • 1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

Braising Liquid

  • 1 can (12 ounces) of your preferred lager beer
  • 3/4 cups of beef broth (or water, if you prefer)
  • OR Red wine

Other Ingredients

  • Salt
  • Garlic cloves
  • Onion
  • Bay leaves

Keep in mind that specific brands or varieties can be used, and these ingredients are just a guideline.

The Recipe How-To

Here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – it’s time to get cooking! Grab your apron, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get messy with these delicious braised barbecue pork spareribs.

Step 1: Preparing the Ribs

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Cut a rack of pork spare ribs into individual ribs using a photo cut or sharp knife. Remember to remove the membrane on the underside of each rib by inserting a soda bottle cap between the meat and the membrane and pulling it off.

Step 2: Seasoning

Season both sides of the ribs with barbecue seasoning and sprinkle with ground black pepper. Be sure to coat each rib evenly with the seasoning.

Step 3: Braising

Heat vegetable oil in a deep wok or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the seasoned ribs to the pot and sear grill for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot – work in batches if necessary. Once all the ribs are seared, add lager beer, barbecue sauce, beef broth, a teaspoon of ground black pepper and other optional spices such as red wine or your favorite Korean BBQ sauce. The exact amount you need depends on how many ribs you are cooking. The braising liquid should come about three-quarters of the way up the rib cage.

Step 4: Cooking

Bring the braising liquid to a boil before covering and placing in 350°F (175°C) oven. Cook for about 1-2 hours, turning and basting every thirty minutes, until tender and juicy.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Remove from oven and transfer ribs onto a platter. If there is too much liquid left in your pot, cook uncovered over low heat until it reduces into a sticky sauce consistency. Pour this delicious sauce over your beautiful barbecue pork spare ribs.

Congratulations! You have successfully cooked up some lip-smacking, fall-off-the-bone delicious braised BBQ pork spareribs perfect for any occasion from family dinners to summer parties or even national BBQ day celebration! Don’t forget that while this recipe has specific instructions, feel free to play around with different spices or liquids for an even more personal touch.

Substitutions and Variations

 Take your BBQ game to the next level with these flavorful and succulent spareribs.
Take your BBQ game to the next level with these flavorful and succulent spareribs.

As a skilled barbecue chef, I understand the importance of making a recipe your own by adding personal flair to it. In this section, I will provide you with some tasty substitutions and variations that you can try out with the Braised Barbecue Pork Spareribs Recipe.

If you prefer beef to pork, why not try braising beef short ribs instead? They are just as juicy and flavorful as pork ribs and go well with the barbecue seasoning. You can follow the same cooking instructions as for pork ribs.

For those who love Korean BBQ, swap out the barbecue sauce for Korean BBQ sauce and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions. The results will have your taste buds singing with joy!

If you want to experiment further, try using boneless pork in a Dutch oven. Simply preheat the oven to 350°F and cook low and slow for 2-3 hours. The result will be melt-in-your-mouth tender pork that is perfect for sandwiches or on its own.

Another fun idea is using country-style pork ribs instead of spare ribs. These ribs tend to have more meat on them and are easier to handle while eating. They will take slightly longer to cook than spare ribs, so I recommend checking them after 2 1/2 hours of braising.

You can also add a lager beer (such as a soda bottle) or red wine to the braising liquid to give it an extra depth of flavor. Don’t be afraid to get creative! As long as you’re using quality ingredients and following basic cooking principles, there’s no limit to what you can create.

In conclusion, don’t be afraid to experiment with different substitutions and variations when making this recipe. Each variation is unique in its own way, providing new tastes and textures that you’ll love discovering.

Serving and Pairing

 The delicious aroma of these spareribs will have your neighbors drooling over the fence.
The delicious aroma of these spareribs will have your neighbors drooling over the fence.

Now that your delicious braised barbecue pork spareribs are ready, it’s time to serve them up and pair them with the perfect sides! These ribs are tender and juicy, with a sticky-sweet BBQ sauce that packs a flavorful punch.

I recommend serving the braised spareribs family-style, right out of the Dutch oven or deep wok they were cooked in. Make sure to get plenty of the flavorful braising liquid over the top of the ribs for an extra burst of flavor.

To balance out the richness of the meat, I suggest serving these ribs with some refreshing and tangy side dishes like cole slaw, corn on the cob, or a green salad with a zesty vinaigrette. Roasted potatoes, baked beans, or mac and cheese would also be excellent choices.

Pairing-wise, these juicy ribs need a beverage that can match their bold flavor. A cold lager beer is always a classic choice – it complements the fat and saltiness in meat while cleansing your palate between bites. If you’re looking for something more substantial, try pairing your pork spareribs with a full-bodied red wine that can stand up to their intense flavor profile.

No matter what you choose to pair with these ribs, I guarantee they’ll be a hit! Get ready to dig in and savor each succulent bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Enjoy a taste of summer with every bite of these mouth-watering BBQ pork spareribs.
Enjoy a taste of summer with every bite of these mouth-watering BBQ pork spareribs.

Let’s face it; sometimes you want to spend more time with your guests than cooking in the kitchen. That’s why I love this make-ahead dish.

Braised barbecue pork spareribs are an excellent make-ahead dish. You can fully prepare them up until the cooking stage and store them in the fridge for up to 48 hours or in the freezer for later consumption.

After braising, allow the ribs to cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to four days or in the freezer for up to three months.

To reheat the ribs, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Reheat for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.

For a faster option, you can also reheat them on a grill over medium-high heat, brushed with some extra barbecue sauce, and cooked for about six minutes per side.

I highly recommend using a digital meat thermometer to check that your ribs have reached 165°F (75°C) before serving. It is food safety protocol when reheating meats but it also ensures that your ribs aren’t overcooked.

One of my favorite things about these braised pork spareribs is that they taste even better the next day after reheating. The flavors of the barbecue sauce and braising liquid have had more time to blend together overnight.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Fall-off-the-bone tender pork spareribs, perfect for a lowkey weekend gathering.
Fall-off-the-bone tender pork spareribs, perfect for a lowkey weekend gathering.

For a mouthwatering BBQ feast, follow these tips to perfect your Braised Barbecue Pork Spareribs Recipe:

First, when seasoning your ribs, don’t be afraid to get hands-on. Rub the seasoning mixture all over the meat generously so that every inch of it is covered. Season both sides of the meat for an even flavor.

To ensure even cooking, allow your ribs to come up to room temperature before cooking them. This step ensures that the center of the ribs will cook at the same rate as the exterior. This is key for a nice melt-in-your-mouth kind of result.

You also want to take your time browning and searing your meat before you start braising them. High heat cooking will make sure you lock in all that savory juiciness inside, creating a depth of flavor that’s tough to beat.

Another trick for tender and juicy pork spare ribs is to add liquid to the pan while braising. Whether you’re using beer or wine for a rich depth of flavor or broth for a lighter touch, make sure it covers about 1/3 of the height of your ribs in order to preserve their moisture.

When it’s time to braise your ribs in the oven, cover them tightly with aluminum foil or with a lid for a Dutch oven. This allows steam from the liquid inside to build up and circulate within the container, which will help keep the meat moist and tender.

Last but not least, don’t forget to let your ribs rest before slicing into them— this part is crucial! By letting them rest on a cutting board for at least ten minutes before cutting into them, you give time for all those delicious juices that have collected inside during cooking to re-distribute effectively through the whole piece of meat.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll surely deliver some finger-licking delicious plates that will leave everyone satisfied and impressed with your BBQ mastery.


As we wind down this article, it’s likely that you’ve developed a keen interest and are eager to try out this recipe for yourself. However, you might have some pressing questions or concerns that require answers before you get started, and this is where we come in. In this section, we’ve rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions about this braised barbecue pork spareribs recipe and provided comprehensive answers that will set your mind at ease. Let’s dive right into it!

What’s the difference between spare ribs and BBQ ribs?

When it comes to cooking ribs, there are two popular cuts to choose from – baby back ribs and spare ribs. Baby back ribs are taken from the top of the rib cage near the backbone, while spare ribs are cut from the bottom. In some cases, spare ribs may even include the brisket, a meaty piece that hangs from the bottom of the rib cage. As the rib cage descends, the meat becomes more abundant, making the spare ribs a great option for those who want a hearty, meaty meal.

What is braising liquid for ribs?

Braising involves browning meat in a fat of your choice, like butter or cooking oil, before simmering it on low heat over a prolonged period of time in a small amount of liquid, including broth, water, wine, or a blend of liquids. This cooking technique is a great way to produce tender, juicy, and flavorful meat.

Is it better to boil ribs before BBQ?

When it comes to BBQ ribs, boiling them before cooking is a common technique used to enhance their tenderness and juiciness. This method not only reduces the overall cooking time but also helps loosen the meat from the bone, making it easier to chew and enjoy. So if you’re aiming for ribs that are fall-off-the-bone delicious, boiling them beforehand is definitely worth considering.

Bottom Line

To conclude, this braised barbecue pork spare ribs recipe is a perfect combination of flavors and textures that will leave you wanting more. Whether you are having a backyard barbecue party or just want to enjoy a hearty dinner with your family, this recipe will surely impress. With the use of lager beer, red wine, and barbecue sauce, the flavor profile is strikingly delicious.

Now it’s time to fire up the grill or preheat the oven and follow this step-by-step guide so you can savor these succulent ribs. Make sure you have all the ingredients listed in the recipe and try not to substitute too much. Experimenting is welcomed but make sure you understand how each ingredient affects the outcome.

With these tips and techniques, you’ll be well on your way to mastering braising ribs BBQ-style. So why not give it a try? Who knows, maybe this will become your new secret recipe for impressing friends and family at mealtime.

Braised Barbecue Pork Spareribs

Braised Barbecue Pork Spareribs Recipe

I had these as a sample at Wegmans. When these were served they were served shredded off the bone. I thought they were so yummy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 147.9 kcal


  • 1 wegmans rack of baby-back pork ribs, halved (about 2 1/2 ibs)
  • 1 tablespoon wegmans barbecue seasoning
  • 19 ounces wegmans memphis style barbecue sauce
  • 12 ounces lager beer


  • Preheat grill on high 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Clean grill with wire brush. Using soft cloth, coat grill grate lightly with vegetable oil.
  • Season both sides of ribs with barbecue seasoning. Sear on grill 3-4 minutes per side; do not cook through. Transfer ribs to braising pan.
  • Whisk bbq sauce and beer together in bowl until well-blended; pour over ribs in pan. Cover pan tightly with foil; place in oven.
  • Bake 2 1/2-3 hours. Carefully remove foil; bake 10 additional minutes.
  • Note: You’ll need a braising pan.



Serving: 501gCalories: 147.9kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3.1gFat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 1213.2mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 5.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Easy, Lunch
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Shara @The Bird BBQ

Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.