Rum-Glazed Spare Ribs

Rum-Glazed Spare RibsRecipe
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Stephana Bottom


Serves 8

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Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 726
Fat 51 g
Satfat 18 g
Protein 34 g
Carbohydrate 11 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 155 mg
Sodium 1071 mg


1 rack spare ribs (3 to 4 lb.)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup dark rum
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
Barbecue sauce, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Trim excess fat off ribs and brush both sides with vegetable oil. In a bowl, mix brown sugar, paprika, cumin, pepper and salt. Rub mixture evenly over ribs. Place ribs in a large roasting pan and pour in 1 cup water. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until tender, 1 1/2 hours.

2. In a small pan, mix rum, sugar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove foil from roasting pan, pour off all but 1/2 cup of liquid in pan and pour rum mixture over ribs. Return pan to oven and continue baking, uncovered, turning ribs several times and basting with liquid in pan, until meat starts to pull away from bones and is very tender, about 1 hour. Add a little water as necessary to prevent scorching.

3. Let ribs rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes. Slice into individual portions and serve hot with barbecue sauce on the side, if desired.