RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Barbecue Spareribs – recipe from the 1940s

Barbecue Spareribs

Recipe from the 1940s

You can get around the cooking time for the spare ribs by precooking them in the kitchen oven – then give them a crispy finish on a charcoal grill. To do this, have 3 to 4 pounds of spareribs cut into serving size pieces. Put them in a shallow pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake them in a moderate (350 degrees F.) oven for an hour. With this pre-cooking, you can put the ribs on the outdoor grill and swab them with the following Barbecue Sauce during a last half hour’s cooking on the grill.

Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 1 eight ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • ¼ cup water

Put butter or margarine, chopped onion, tomato sauce, garlic, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, mustard, tabasco sauce and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Use to baste ribs twice during last half hour of cooking. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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