Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs are one of the most delectable entrées on the menu!

Now you can make sweet and sour pork ribs at home just like the pros! Our pork spare ribs are smothered in sweet & sour sauce and baked to tender, juicy perfection. Cook them in the oven or on the grill, these ribs always come out finger-licking good!

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We Love Sweet and Sour Ribs

Similar to Hawaiian style short ribs, sweet and sour ribs get their distinctive flavor from our special pineapple bbq sauce for ribs made from scratch. The acid in the pineapple serves as a tenderizer and a marinade, and a few sweet and tangy ingredients make the perfect blend of flavors! Make extra when it’s time to barbecue chicken or burgers! It’s even good on pizza!

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Ingredients and Variations

The sauce for pineapple glazed pork ribs comes together with just a few ingredients!

GLAZE Ketchup, pineapple, and brown sugar make the perfect sweet and sour glaze! 

PINEAPPLE Ribs cooked in pineapple always come out tender, the meat literally falls off the bone!

    • For a little extra heat, add some chili sauce or sriracha, or switch out maple syrup instead of brown sugar for a more caramelized flavor.

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How to Cook Pork Ribs with Pineapple

When you see how easy it is to make these tasty pineapple ribs, you’ll have them on your menu rotation all year long!

  1. Prepare ribs per recipe below.
  2. Cover and bake, then drain the fat from the pan.
  3. While the ribs are baking, mix sauce & and cook until thickened.
  4. Increase oven temperature, brush sauce over ribs.
  5. Bake uncovered, until glazed and tender, basting every 10 minutes.

What Goes with Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

For a party or a barbecue, we like buffet-style foods like bow tie pesto salad, smoked deviled eggs, and some yummy jalapeno popper muffins. Don’t forget a delicious strawberry poke cake for dessert!

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs with pineapple on a baking sheet

Tips and Tricks

Pork ribs with pineapple are already super easy to make but here are a few prep and cleanup timesavers that really make cooking a breeze!

  • For a smoother sweet & sour sauce, blend all of the sauce ingredients in a blender before cooking.
  • Bake ribs for the first hour on a rack placed in the baking dish. This keeps the fat from soaking into the ribs. After the first hour, remove the rack and drain the fat. Bake the basted ribs without the rack for the last 30 minutes so the sauce can adhere to the ribs.

Got leftovers?

Leftover ribs can be kept in a zippered bag in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat them in the microwave. Brush them with extra sweet and sour sauce and place them under the broiler for about 2 minutes to re-glaze them.

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Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Sweet and sour pork ribs are succulent, fall- off-the-bone ribs that everyone loves!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace


  • 3 pounds spareribs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Sweet and Sour Sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Remove silverskin from ribs, dry with a paper towel, and cut into 2-3 rib sections. Add to the baking tray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cover tightly with foil and bake for one hour, or until almost tender. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine all sweet and sour ingredients and cook over medium heat until thickened.
  • After one hour of baking, increase the oven temperature to 350˚F. Brush the entire sweet and sour sauce over the spareribs. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until completely tender, basting every 10 minutes.


To grill the ribs, bake as directed for 1 hour or until almost tender. Brush each piece with sauce and grill over medium heat for 20-30 minutes, basting them frequently with the sauce.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 811 | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 1478mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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