How To Make Sweet & Savory Country Style Ribs

... AND Keep Them LOW CARB!

I realized when I was sharing photos and recipes on  our Instagram account that I have neglected to ever give you guys my recipe for country style spare ribs! OMG they are SO good! The original recipe was given to me by a neighbor when I was in my 20’s, so let’s say a long time ago!

I make them all the time, they are a favorite of my youngest son who routinely asks for them and when he missed family dinner last weekend because he had promised to take his wife out for dinner… well he raided the fridge exactly 2 minutes after walking in the door to pick up their boys! LOL! Even HE has never noticed that I long ago converted the recipe to low carb! 

How To Make Sweet & Savory Country Style Ribs

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Yes we know it was under 2 minutes because the rest of us had a bet going on how long it would take! LOL! He ate half and then all but begged to take the other half home! He won’t have to hoard them, his wife is a vegetarian but even she was persuaded to take a taste once and admitted they are pretty darned good!

So you are now probably saying shut up Marge and give me the recipe huh? Okay, okay here you go:

Country Style Spare Ribs
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These sweet and savory country-style spare ribs are melt in your mouth delicious! My recipe keeps them low carb at that same time! Make plenty because they go fast!
Serves: 6+ servings
  • 6 large boneless country style spareribs (usually one regular size meat tray)
  • 1 large sweet onion; sliced thin and separated into rings
  • 1 cup Heinz reduced sugar ketchup
  • 2 TBSP Sukrin Gold brown "sugar"
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ to ½ tsp mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 335°F
  2. Place ribs in a large pot and cover with water 2" above the ribs.
  3. Parboil those ribs on your stovetop on a low boil for 2 hours.
  4. While the ribs are boiling prepare your sauce by combining the last 5 ingredients until well blended.
  5. In the bottom of a baking pan or dish (large enough to hold all your ingredients) pour a small amount of your sauce and tip the pan/dish to coat the bottom.
  6. Add half of your ringed onions on top of the sauce.
  7. Top with half of your parboiled ribs and pour approximately half of the remaining sauce on top.
  8. Repeat with the rest of your onion, ribs and sauce.
  9. Using a ladle make sure that all of the ribs on top have some sauce on them.
  10. Cover with lid or foil and place in the middle of your preheated oven for 1-1/2 hours.
  11. Remove lid or foil and cook another ½ hour until your sauce is thickened and coats the ribs.
  12. Serve and ENJOY!

To say that my family and friends love these is an understatement. I literally never have leftovers no matter how many I make! I like to serve them in the summer with my faux potato salad and cold broccoli salad. It just screams summer to me.

I made them to celebrate the Labor Day weekend as we swam and enjoyed each others company. It’s truly comfort food and a testament to the fact that comfort foods do not have to be high in carbs to be delicious and appreciated.

I hope you enjoy them as much as my family always does. ENJOY and ciao for now!
Ciao! ~Marge Burkell


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