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!
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.
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!
- Prepare ribs per recipe below.
- Cover and bake, then drain the fat from the pan.
- While the ribs are baking, mix sauce & and cook until thickened.
- Increase oven temperature, brush sauce over ribs.
- Bake uncovered, until glazed and tender, basting every 10 minutes.
What Goes with Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
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.
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.
Other Easy Pork Recipes!
- Pork Loin Roast With Pears – so tender!
- Smoked Pork Loin – easy recipe.
- Pork Carnitas – Mexican inspired dinner.
- Pork Rub Recipe – perfect on so many things!
- Smoked Pulled Pork Recipe – delicious dinner!
Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
- 3 pounds spareribs
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Sweet and Sour Sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar packed
- 2-3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- ½ cup ketchup
- 10 ounces crushed pineapple 1 can
- 1 Tablespoon soy 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.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
Adapted from Spend With Pennies