Friday, October 9, 2009


3 to 3 1/2 lbs spareribs


1 cup hot water
1/3 cup vinegar
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 bay leaves, crushed

Basting Sauce:

1/3 cup vinegar
2/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
red bell pepper for garnish

Crack ribs or ask your butcher to crack them. Wipe ribs with a damp paper towel.

Arrange ribs in a deep glass dish or stainless steel dish. Combine ingredients for marinade and stir to melt brown sugar. Pour marinade while hot over the ribs. Let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or in the refrigerator overnight.

Combine the ingredients for the basting sauce. Preheat charcoal or broiler. Remove the ribs from the marinade. Place over the coals or in the broiler; sear well. Turn the ribs and sear the other side. Brush with sauce and cook, turning and basting on both sides until cooked to your liking. This should take 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how done you like them. Cut the red bell pepper into wedges and place around or over the ribs on the serving platter.

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