How Do You Make Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs?

How Do You Make Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs?

In order to make salt and pepper spare ribs, season two racks of ribs with salt, ground black pepper and smoked paprika and bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Serve with barbecue sauce.

Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs

These ribs are baked at a low temperature for several hours that results in meat that easily pulls away from the bone.

Prep Time: 20 min.

Cook Time: 4 hrs.

Ready In: 4 hrs. 20 min.


  • Two slabs pork spare ribs, 3 1/2 lbs. each
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 limes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  1. Preheat the oven
  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Prepare the ribs
  4. Before seasoning, pull away the thin membrane along the bone-side of the meat and toss. Then, mix together the black pepper, salt and paprika and sprinkle on both sides of the meat.

  5. Bake
  6. Place the ribs bone-side up on a baking tray and place in the oven. Bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, or until the meat starts to pull away from the bone.

  7. Prepare the sauce
  8. While the ribs are baking, prepare the sauce by melting the butter in a medium saucepan and adding in the onions and garlic and season with salt and black pepper. Allow the onions and garlic to cook for 2 to 3 minutes and then add in the remaining ingredients, minus the limes. Cook for about 5 minutes.

  9. Serve
  10. Remove the ribs from the oven and squeeze the lime juice over the ribs. Cut and serve with the sauce.