• 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.