Garlic Spare Ribs

Hi!  My name’s Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 3 1/2!

My mom made this recipe when we were growing up, and she got the recipe from my Auntie Joyce.  Some of my kids will request this meal for their birthday.  I like to serve it with rice.

I’m teaching my youngest girls to cook, so this will be their creation today as we celebrate the opening of the Lord’s Day.  Served with rice and veggies and cake for dessert.

And of course, I have to quadruple the sauce to cover all our ribs!

I cut up my pork ribs and boil them for 15 minutes, drain and add them to the Garlic Sauce below.

GARLIC SAUCE for ribs:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup Cola
  • 2 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • garlic – to taste

Combine all ingredients in a tall pot.  Heat to boiling.  Boil 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat. Add your cooked ribs to the sauce.  The longer you let the ribs sit, the more flavour seeps into them.  Reheat as necessary and serve with rice.

The ribs are even better made a day ahead and allowed to soak in the sauce in the fridge overnight.

Auntie Joyce says that after coating the ribs in sauce, she bakes them in the oven for an hour to caramelize the sauce.  My cousin Danny called them candy meat.


Note:  we have different food restrictions in our house, so I change up the sauce a bit. I use caffeine free cola and eliminate the soy sauce, but add salt.  Still good!


  1. Anne fox

    Hi Melina. That sounds delicious. Will give it a try as Georges loves ribs.
    Hope the family is well. Hugs to all

    • We’re pretty good. One of the kids was newly diagnosed with Lyme and we’re trying to get on top of that right now. Unfortunately. So nice to hear from you! The ribs are even better made a day ahead and allowed to soak in the sauce in the fridge overnight. We got 2 meals out of ours! Enjoy Anne

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