Sweet & Spicy Spare Ribs

For the long weekend or just a special summer’s evening meal, these sweet and spicy spare ribs are certain to be a hit. The interplay of sweet and savory ingredients in the sauce, with a dash of heat, make for a truly delicious main.

Makes: 4 servings
Free of: gluten and all top allergens

Photo: Chris Gonzaga


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • 2 cups (475 mL) pineapple juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1 cup (250 mL) ketchup
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Place ribs in large oven-proof dish.
  2. Combine all other ingredients in large saucepan. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. Turn off heat and let cool.
  3. Pour marinade over ribs and refrigerate for 2 to 6 hours. When close to your time to start cooking, preheat oven to 400°F.
  4. Bake ribs for 40 minutes, turning once or twice.
  5. Remove ribs and transfer to barbecue preheated on high. Cook for about five minutes on high, for a crispy finish.
  6. Cut each rack in half. Serve immediately.

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