Oven Barbecued Spareribs

“I picked up this recipe at a sugar beet growers’ promotion in 1958. It’s been a Christmas Eve meal favorite ever since.”


4 pounds spareribs
½ cup firmly packed light brown CRYSTAL SUGAR®
1 cup chili sauce
½ cup vinegar
generous dash of TABASCO® sauce
½ cup pineapple juice
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons liquid smoke


  1. Cut spareribs into serving size pieces. (I use country-style ribs.) Place meaty side up in a single layer in a shallow pan. 
  2. Roast at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Drain off the fat.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients. Pour over ribs. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue roasting for 1 to 1½ hours. Baste the ribs periodically.