Pork Spareribs:
Honey Garlic Oven Baked Spare Ribs

My entire family enjoys eating pork spareribs, so I am always on the lookout for tasty ways to cook them. This recipe is delicious! Both my husband and my younger son have requested this for their next birthday dinners.

pork spareribs

Before I knew how to cook ribs, I often ordered them in restaurants as a special treat. Now that I know how easy they are to make, I am delighted to make them at home.

Be sure to allow enough time to boil the ribs for an hour before you put them into the oven. You can make the sauce while the ribs boil.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • honey
    • tamari
    • cider vinegar
    • ground ginger
    • garlic
    • cornstarch

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • onion
    • orange juice

Buy these ingredients

  • pork ribs (about 3 lbs/1.5 kg)

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a large pot
    • a saucepan
    • a cutting board and sharp knife
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a mug or small bowl
    • a wooden spoon or other mixing spoon

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a garlic press (if not, mince the garlic with a knife)
    • a silicone brush for spreading the sauce evenly on the ribs

    The recipe

    3 lbs/1.5 kg pork spareribs

    1 onion, peeled and quartered

    2 cups/500 mL orange juice

    1/2 cup/125 mL honey

    1/4 cup/60 mL tamari

    1 Tbsp/15 mL cider vinegar

    1/2 tsp/2 mL ground ginger

    4 cloves garlic, pressed

    1 Tbsp/15 mL cornstarch

    Put the ribs and the onion chunks into a large pot.
    Cover with water and bring to a boil.
    Reduce heat and simmer for one hour.

    While the ribs cook, put the orange juice, honey, tamari, cider vinegar, ginger and garlic into a saucepan.
    Bring to a boil, watching carefully and stirring often. (You don't want it to boil over, or burn!)
    Reduce heat.
    Simmer for at least half an hour.

    Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.

    Scoop out some of the hot honey sauce and put it into a mug.
    Add the cornstarch.
    Stir well.
    Return this honey-cornstarch mixture to the saucepan.
    Cook and stir over medium-high heat until the sauce thickens.
    Remove it from the heat.

    Put the cooked ribs into a baking pan.
    Pour the sauce over them and spread it evenly.
    Bake for about half an hour, until heated, basting occasionally with the sauce.


    • Use soy sauce in place of the tamari.

    • Use a bit of fresh grated ginger instead of ground ginger.

    • Use any vinegar in place of the cider vinegar.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Try using different sweeteners - like brown sugar, maple syrup or agave syrup.

    • Experiment with different juices in place of, or mixed with, the orange juice.


    • Look for unsweetened orange juice, not "juice cocktail". Read the label; many juices have a lot of added sugar. You don't need that in this recipe.

    • Provide wet cloths to each diner. You'll want to use your fingers to eat these tasty ribs, and you will get messy!

    • Use kitchen shears to cut the cooked ribs into portions. You could also cut the meat into portions before you cook it.

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