Sweet and spicy spare ribs

November 11, 2010 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Sweet and spicy spare ribs recipe

What barbecue would be complete without sweet and spicy spare ribs? These sticky, tender cuts are bursting with flavour and always a hit. 

Sweet and spicy spare ribs

Serves: 4 - 6
Cooking Time: 50 mins


  • 125ml (½ cup) maple syrup
  • 125ml (½ cup) soy sauce
  • 150ml beer
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and chopped
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) tomato purée
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 5ml (1 tsp) ground allspice
  • 1,5kg beef spare ribs
  • fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, to serve



Preheat the oven to 200°C.


Place all the ingredients except for the ribs and parsley in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer until slightly thickened.


Place the ribs on a foil-lined baking tray and brush generously with the soy mixture. Roast for about 30 minutes.


Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C and continue to roast, basting frequently, for a further 15 minutes.


Slice the ribs and garnish with parsley.

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