Stickiest ever BBQ ribs with chive dip

Stickiest ever BBQ ribs with chive dip

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(74 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs - 4 hrs Plus marinating


Serves 4 or 8 with other bbq food

Slow cook these American-style pork ribs so they're really tender then coat in an irresistibly sweet, sticky sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze before barbecuing

Nutrition: per serving (8)

  • kcal450
  • fat23g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre0g
  • protein25g
  • salt2g
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  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs
  • 2 cans cola
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seed (optional)

For the sauce

  • 8 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 8 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

For the chive dip

  • 300ml pot half-fat soured cream
  • 2 tbsp salad cream
  • small bunch chive, snipped
  • 6 spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and snugly fit the ribs into a roasting tin. Pour over the cola and enough water to cover the ribs, then cover the tin tightly with foil. Roast for 2-3 hrs, turning halfway through, until the ribs are really tender but not falling apart.

  2. Meanwhile, put all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Gently heat, then bubble for about 2 mins, stirring.

  3. When the ribs are done, carefully lift each out of the tin and sit on kitchen paper to dry. Tip away the liquid and wipe out the tin. Put the dry ribs back in the tin and coat all over with the sticky sauce. Cover and chill for at least 1 hr to marinate, but better still up to 24 hrs. Can be frozen at this stage.

  4. Mix the dip ingredients together and chill until ready to serve.

  5. Heat the barbecue and wait for the flames to die down, or heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7. Add the ribs (in a roasting tin, if using the oven) and cook for 20 mins, turning occasionally, and basting often with remaining sauce. When ribs are sticky, hot through and crisping on the outside, slice to serve. Scatter with sesame seeds, if you like, and plate up with any remaining sticky sauce, warmed, and the chive dip.

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28th Jun, 2020
Lovely ribs. Family loved them but will cut the sugar by half next time. Yummy and sticky.
skerries's picture
23rd Apr, 2020
This is my go to recipe for ribs They always go down very well
21st Mar, 2020
There is nothing I would change to this recipe. It's perfect.
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Michael Bean
1st Dec, 2019
My wife thinks these are the best ribs she has ever tasted... I am now a hero on my own home.
19th Aug, 2019
Excellent! Swapped the sweet chilly sauce with Hoi Sin and some dried chilles. Everybody enjoyed them. Careful when cooking in the oven as the excess sauce does tend to bake solid on base of roasting tin!
vintagemunchkin's picture
17th Oct, 2018
Made these for carnivore husband. Were really easy and effortless. Sauce smelled great. He really enjoyed them.
22nd Jul, 2018
These ribs are really delicious - worth all the preparation time (although I only had time for marinading for 1 hour and it was fine). I used pre-cut ribs and so the marinade went into every crevice... Served them with baby potato, pea and pancetta salad (also on this site).
19th Jun, 2018
I make this beef ribs, the big racks, and it's always amazing. Serve with either garlic msh/curly fries and spicy corn on the cob
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14th Feb, 2018
Oh my, made this for supper and wow, delish. All store cupboard ingredients apart from the ribs that my butcher cut into smaller pieces for me. Will definitely make this again. The family loved it and it was so easy to make.
skerries's picture
4th Jan, 2018
This is my favourite ribs recipe and I have tried a lot!!! Easy no fuss to make and they go down a storm!!


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Julia Strover
5th Jul, 2020
Can I use this marinade for doing pork kebabs on the bbq? Thx
lulu_grimes's picture
6th Jul, 2020
Hi, Yes you could but you need to be careful that the sauce doesn't burn as you try and cook the pork though. The ribs are already cooked so you don't have to worry about this with the original recipe. I hope this helps, Lulu
21st Apr, 2020
Hi, what could I use instead of soft brown sugar? I have golden caster sugar and white sugar
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
22nd Apr, 2020
Hey, Esther from the food team here! I'd recommend using the golden caster sugar. be aware the ribs won't have the rich caramel flavour they would with brown sugar. Thanks for your question!
11th Nov, 2018
Can I use DIET cola instead of normal cola, or 1 diet & 1 normal?
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14th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. No, we would not recommend using diet cola. We do have a whole recipe collection devoted to ribs if you'd prefer not to use cola at all:
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