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Pork Spare Ribs

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Pork spare ribs are the perfect pork cut for sharing with friends and family. Great for grilling on the BBQ, these ribs are best cooked low and slow before slathering in a sticky BBQ marinade. Find delicious ribs at Tom Hixson of Smithfield, who will deliver quality pork cuts directly to your door.

Our Meaty Pork Spare Ribs are an essential for any BBQ pro. Delivering an exceptional juicy texture and flavour, these spare ribs provide a taste sensation, which is complemented well by a sweet, sticky marinate.

If you’re after pork that offers unique and hard-to-find flavours, then you must try our Iberico Spare Ribs. Iberico pigs are given a lot of freedom to roam around, resulting in plenty of exercise and extra meaty flavours and marbling. Because of their diet, which includes many acorns, Iberico ribs have a delicious nutty flavour to them.

For those of you looking to order large quantities of high-quality meat at wholesale prices, look no further. We stock delicious beef products including sirloin steaks, burgers, beef ribs, and roasting joints. You can also get poultry cuts from our website, including chicken and turkey.

What are Spare Ribs?

Spare ribs are cut from either the shoulder, belly or breastbone of the pig and contain meat along the top and in between each of the ribs. They are often generously marbled, which helps enhance the pork’s natural flavours during the cooking process..

How Do You Make Chinese Spare Ribs From the Butchers?

Chinese spare ribs are a classic takeaway dish, and they are so easy to make yourself. In a bowl, combine Chinese five spice, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, and rice vinegar. Pour the mixture over the spare ribs you bought from our butchers, making sure the ribs are fully covered on both sides, and marinate for two hours.

To cook, preheat your oven to 200°C. Cover your ribs in foil and cook for around 35 minutes. Remove the foil and return to the oven for another 60 minutes. Make sure to turn the ribs frequently and baste with the marinade. Serve with sticky white rice, thinly sliced red chilli, and chopped spring onions.

How Do You Cook BBQ Spare Ribs?

BBQ pork ribs are a perfect example of an exciting dish that can be whipped up in your garden. We love using both a wet sauce and a dry rub for the tastiest flavoured ribs.

Pat your pork spare ribs dry with a paper towel and remove any silver skin. Stir together brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, crushed garlic, mustard powder, pepper and rum in a bowl before slathering over your ribs and leaving to marinate overnight.

Before you get ready to grill your meat, create a dry spice rub by combining salt, paprika, chilli powder, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Use your hands to rub the spice mixture all over each side of the ribs before adding it to a grill on medium heat.

Place the ribs on the grill, and cook for around 30 minutes, being careful to turn them frequently so they are evenly cooked. Brush the leftover marinade mixture over the ribs each time you turn them over. Once cooked, slice and serve with your favourite side dishes.

How Do You Cook Spare Ribs in the Oven?

For an easy midweek meal, it's easiest to cook your spare ribs in the oven. Follow the same rub that we used in our BBQ method (above), but instead place your ribs into a preheated oven at 150°C. Cook for two hours, turning periodically and adding more marinade to your ribs each time. For the last half an hour, turn your oven up to 220°C to create a sticky crust.

What Is the 3-2-1 Method for Pork Ribs?

This method is similar to the popular 2-2-1 method but is more commonly used for spare ribs. The 3-2-1 method follows these rules:

For the first 3 hours, you infuse the meat with smoke flavour. For the next 2 hours, you steam the meat to make it succulent. For the final 1 hour, you baste and glaze the meat with a BBQ sauce.

This method makes it easy to remember how long to smoke ribs, but it’s still important to be careful with timing so as not to over or underdo them.

What Goes With Spare Ribs for Dinner?

If you’re serving your ribs as part of a Summer BBQ, try serving alongside lightly charred corn on the cob, or a tangy greek salad with Kalamata olives, crumbled feta, and cucumber, baby plum tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onion. Garnish with fresh mint from your garden.

For an easy midweek meal, serve your pork spare ribs alongside sweet potato wedges cooked with a light sprinkling of garlic powder, chilli flakes and paprika. If you like your ribs as part of a Southern-style dinner, serve with mac and cheese, onion rings, and baked beans.