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Fall-off-the-bone Ribs And Barbeque Sauce

Fall-0ff-the-bone Ribs and Barbeque Sauce
Fall-0ff-the-bone Ribs and Barbeque Sauce

The trick to making ribs with meat that literally falls off the bone, is to steam (or boil) them before putting the sauce on…and I’m sure a few die-hard rib-masters would disagree with me on this…but I have had tons of people tell me that I should enter these ribs in a rib contest.

This recipe for ribs and barbeque sauce has been a hit at my Super Bowl and 4th of July parties for many years.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

What You Need To Make Ribs And Barbeque Sauce


1 package of side or back pork ribs (approximately 5 lbs)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup light molasses
1/2 cup onions, chopped
3 whole garlic cloves
4 narrow strips of orange rind, diced
juice of half an orange
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp thick meat sauce (eg. HP Sauce or A1 Sauce)
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp tabasco sauce

Large saucepan
Small saucepan
Baking sheet

Putting The Ribs And Barbeque Sauce Together

This barbeque sauce is always a big hit!
This barbeque sauce is always a big hit!

1. Chop spareribs into sections. For parties, I usually chop the ribs into individual ribs. For serving at dinner, you can use sections of 2 – 3 ribs.

2. Steam or boil the ribs until they are cooked and falling off the bone:

To steam:

a. Heat the oven to 350ºF.

b. Fill a shallow baking dish with water and place it on a bottom rack in the oven

c. Lay the ribs out on a cookie sheet or grill pan.

d. Place the ribs on a higher rack in the oven.

e. Cook for about 1½ hours.

To boil:

a. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

b. Add the ribs to the water

c. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

3. In the meantime, make the bar-b-q sauce.

4. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan.

5. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Remove sauce from the heat and let cool.

7. When the ribs are finished pre-cooking, if you boiled the ribs, arrange them on a baking sheet

8. Brush the ribs with the bar-b-q sauce.

9. Cook uncovered at 400° F for 15 minutes. The ribs can also be cooked for 15 minutes on the grill.

If you are preparing for a party, you can steam or boil the ribs ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. Just before the party, brush on the bar-b-q sauce and re-heat for a half hour at 350º F. Then turn up the heat to 400° F for a few minutes to brown the tops (or if you prefer, you can grill them for about 30 minutes over a medium fire, turning once).

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