Sticky Pork Spare Ribs

This is a great dish to do either as a side for a BBQ party or just as a treat on its own. The ribs are boiled first to reduce the cooking time and then finished in a hot oven or on the BBQ

Place the ribs into a large pot and cover with water, you may need to cut them to make them fit.

Add the shallots, garlic, ginger and chilli to the pot, along with the ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and black treacle.

Bring the pot up to a simmer, then place a lid on it and leave to cook for about 1 hour or until the ribs are tender. Once tender, remove the ribs from the pot and set aside to cool, leaving the pot on the heat

Add the brown sugar to the pot and cook down so that there is about ½ cm left at the bottom of the pan and it looks like a glaze

Blend the glaze in a blender until smooth. Once smooth, place back into the pan and reduce until the glaze coats the back of a spoon

Once the ribs are cool, cut away from the bone so that you have individual ribs. Using a pastry brush, paint the ribs with the glaze

Place the ribs on a hot barbecue or into a hot oven. After a few minutes turn the ribs over and glaze again. Repeat until nicely glazed and then serve



  • 2 racks of pork spare ribs
  • 2.5l water
  • 1 banana shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
  • 50g of ginger, peeled and diced
  • 1 chilli, diced
  • 100g of ketchup
  • 100ml of soy sauce
  • 50ml of Worcestershire sauce
  • 50g of black treacle
  • 150g of soft brown sugar