Savory Country-Style Spareribs

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe is a result of trying different combinations over the years. It will continue to evolve because, for me, a recipe is just a starting point when I cook. Country-style ribs are not really ribs in the true sense, they are meatier and often are boneless. But the end results are just as delicious! These are good served with a tossed green or Caesar salad and Savory Onion Potatoes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Place spare ribs in a large bowl or gallon size zip-lock bag.
  3. Add olive oil and zesty Italian dressing packets.
  4. Mix well. Refrigerate and marinade for at least 1 hour. (You can leave it in the marinade over night if you want).
  5. Microwave on high for 10-15 minutes, or until ribs are brown, but not cooked through. I microwave them in the bag but you can put them in a microwave safe dish if you prefer. (I use a freezer bag which is thicker and holds up to the heat. I open the seal to vent and place it in a bowl or on a plate - just in case - but have never had a problem).
  6. While ribs are in microwave, combine the remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until well dissolved and heated through.
  7. Remove ribs from bag and place in a deep 9 x 13 pan that has been prepared with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Pour sauce over ribs, covering evenly.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, until ribs are cooked through.
  10. Baste occasionally, if desired.
  11. NOTE:***These can also be cooked on the grill with delicious results, just baste them frequently and watch them carefully so they do not burn.
Most Helpful

4 5

My husband grilled these ribs after I put the recipe together, and we just loved them! Done on the grill, they came out extremely juicy. I let them marinade all day, which seemed to get the flavor deep into the meat.

5 5

Wow!! These are some really, really delicious ribs! My DH made these and chose to grill them (of course;)) and they turned out to be very tender and flavourful. We really enjoyed this recipe, thanks for posting! Made for ZWT 3

3 5

These tasted pretty good but I had to do some guessing to get to that point. I halved the amount of ribs and sauce and was confused about step #2 "Place spare ribs in a large bowl or gallon size zip-lock bag" because then in step #5 it says to microwave the ribs for 10-15 a plastic bag?? So....I placed the ribs in a microwave cooking dish, mixed the salad dressing mix (1 pkg.) with 2 T. oil and smeared it over the ribs, then 'waved them for 10 minutes. I wasn't sure if the ribs were supposed to be covered, or not, in the oven, so I covered them for half the time (30 minutes), then uncovered and basted them, then cooked for another 20 minutes. Good thing I covered them the first 30 min. as they were getting a bit dry after the 20-minute uncovered time period. All in all, the flavor is really nice with these ribs and they turned out quite tender, BUT, the recipe needs some fine-tuning, as far as the methods go. Thanks Alskann....I'm going to play around with this one!