Barbecued Spareribs In The Oven



  1. Heat the oven to 250 F.
  2. Put the ribs in a large baking sheet or roasting pan.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper over all sides and rub them in.
  4. Put the pan in the oven.
  5. Cook the ribs, turning them every 30 minutes, until they release most of their fat and start to look meaty and dry, 2 to 3 hours, depending on how fatty they are.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the heat up to 400 F.
  7. While the ribs are roasting, make the barbecue sauce.
  8. Combine the cumin, paprika, ketchup, wine, vinegar, Worcestershire, chili powder, onion, and garlic in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  9. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the mixture bubbles but steadily.
  10. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and the flavors blend, 10 to 20 minutes.
  11. Taste and add salt, pepper, and hot sauce.
  12. Remove the pot from the heat.
  13. Spoon most of the fat out of the roasting pan, leaving behind a thin film on the bottom.
  14. When the meat is cool enough to handle, cut between the bones to separate the ribs, brush generously on all sides with barbecue sauce, and return the pan to the oven.
  15. Cook, turning the ribs every 5 minutes, until they become crisp and charred in places, 15 to 20 minutes.
  16. Serve hot or at room temperature with any remaining sauce on the side.