Cooking spare ribs. Spare ribs are a must in the summer whether you bake or grill them. If you marinate the meat beforehand, it’s even better! Of course we’ll tell you everything you need to know about cooking methods! Translation in French: Travers de porc.
How do I cook spare ribs?
- Preparing spare ribs
- Cooking spare ribs in an oven (baked)
- Cooking spare ribs on a BBQ (grilled)
- Smoking spare ribs
- Cooking spare ribs with a slow cooker (crockpot)
What to pair spare ribs with?
You can serve spare ribs with corn on the cob, baked beans, coleslaw, or potato salad. Try serving spare ribs with a salad or grilled zucchinis, eggplants, grilled bell peppers. And of course, don’t forget the barbecue sauce!
Preparing spare ribs
When you prepare spare ribs, remember to remove the membrane from the underside of the ribs. Then season the ribs with your favorite dry rub or marinade, and let them sit for at least 30 minutes.
Spare ribs are sold in the supermarket either as a rack or as individual ribs. You can also find them pre-seasoned or marinated, but buying them unseasoned enables you to do your own marinade! My favorite marinade is 1/3 honey 1/3 mustard 1/3 Worcestershire sauce.
Cooking spare ribs in an oven
Cooking spare ribs in an oven. Baking spare ribs is a simple and easy method that produces juicy and tender meat.
1. Take the meat out out the refrigerator at least 30 minutes ahead of baking. You can marinate the meat during that time (my favorite is honey, mustard and Worcestershire sauce). Season the ribs and place them in an oven-safe dish.
2. Preheat the oven at 360°F (180°C).
3. Cook for 45 minutes. Remember to turn the ribs halfway through.
Cooking spare ribs on a BBQ
Cooking spare ribs on a BBQ. Grilling spare ribs over direct heat is a popular method that can be done quickly.
1. Take the meat out out the refrigerator at least 30 minutes ahead of baking. You can marinate the meat during that time (my favorite is honey, mustard and Worcestershire sauce). Season the ribs
2. Fire up your BBQ or heat up your grill. OIl the cooking rack.
3. Cook the ribs over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes on each side. Total cooking time 10-14 minutes.
Smoking spare ribs
Smoking spare ribs over low heat for a long period of time creates a tender and smoky flavor.
1.Preheat your smoker to 225-250°F (110-120°C).
2. Prepare your ribs: trim the ribs and use a dry rub on them. I usually mix salt, black pepper, garlic powder, ground mustard and paprika)
3. Smoke the ribs for 3-5 hours, until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
Cooking spare ribs with a slow cooker
Slow-cooking spare ribs in a crockpot or slow-cooker produces fall-off-the-bone tender meat.
1. Prepare your ribs: trim them. Add them to your slow cooker (or crockpot) and cover with sauce. I tend to use Barbecue sauce (store bought, the cheap version) that I make better by adding mustard, garlic powder, water and Worcestershire sauce.
2. Cook the ribs on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until they’re fully cooked.
Spare ribs are a cut of meat from the lower portion of the pig’s ribcage (from the belly or side of the pig). They are a meaty and flavorful cut, with layers of fat and meat running throughout.