Spare Ribs- Messy but delicious

Ribs on the braai are one of the most underrated dishes. Some people complain that it is too messy to eat and is not suitable for serving when entertaining guests. 

Ja, it is not the cleanliest meal out there but it is super delicious. And I’m not the only one as spare ribs are cooked and eaten in various cuisines around the world. There great American, Irish and even Chinese spare rib recipes and cuisine traditions.

Here is a great Spare Rib recipe ideal for a Weber braai.


  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2kg  pork spareribs
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced


In a saucepan, combine tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Simmer sauce for 25 minutes. Sprinkle ribs with salt and place over low coals in a covered grill (Weber)

Cook for 1 hour. Brush ribs with the sauce and use a toothpick to stick on pieces of lemon and onion. Continue to cook, covered for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until done, brushing occasionally with sauce. To check for doneness, snip between ribs with scissors. Ribs should not be pink and meat should pull away from the bone with little effort.



One Response to “Spare Ribs- Messy but delicious”

  1. Paul Bristow Says:

    Great recipe.

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