Life on a Table recipe #129 – Bev’s divine spare ribs

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Extract from the book Life on a Table by Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt


12 pieces of pork rib (+- 2 kg)


Water, salt, pepper, sweet basil, oregano, bay leaves, garlic and ginger

Sauce/ marinade:

125 ml honey

90 ml soya sauce

90 ml tomato sauce

125 ml white vinegar

A few drops of Tabasco sauce

6 cloves of garlic, crushed

Juice of one orange

10 ml mustard powder

5 ml paprika

Salt and pepper to taste


Bring all the ingredients for the stock to the boil.

Pre-cook spare ribs in the stock for about 15 minutes.

For the marinade put all the ingredients for the sauce into a big pot and bring to the boil.

Add the pre-cooked, warm ribs to the marinade and boil for another 15 minutes.

Cool down and refrigerate overnight.

Braai on medium coals until browned and tender, or grill in the oven or freeze for later use.

Photo ©Hentie Burger

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