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5 from 4 votes

Sticky Pork Ribs

An amazingly addictive oven baked sticky pork rib recipe with a good kick of heat from the chipotle chilli.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Course: Dinner, entree, Main Course, starter
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keyword: BBQ, chipotle, Family favourites, Low and slow, oven baked, Pork, pork ribs, Slow cooked, sticky pork ribs, Weekend dinners
Servings: 4 people
Author: Shane Avant


  • 3 kg Slab of pork ribs

Dry spice rub

  • 3 teaspoon Paprika
  • 3 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon Dried chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground black pepper

Chipotle bbq sauce

  • ½ cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups Tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup Water
  • 4 ea Chipotle chillis use the tinned one in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoon black strap molasses
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preparation of Your Ribs

  • Pre heat your oven to 140 deg C
  • Place a piece off grease proof paper on the base of an oven proof deep dish. Make sure its large enough to fit your side of ribs in.
  • On the back of the ribs there is a thin membrane, you need to carefully peal this off. Starting on one side with a sharp knife get under the membrane to lift it, then with a good grip pull it away from the back of the ribs.
  • Take all of the dry spice rub ingredients and mix them together. Generously cover your ribs with the dry spice mix and place the ribs into your oven dish.
  • Cover the ribs with another piece of grease proof paper and then cover with tin foil, sealing the sides, creating a good seal.
  • Place into the oven and cook for two hours.

Preparing the Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • In a pot add the cider vinegar, tomato ketchup, water, chipotle chillis, molasses, brown sugar, mustard powder, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, bring to a simmer and cook until it thickens, this will take around 30 minutes. Keep giving it a stir so it does not stick to the base of the pan.

Finishing Your Ribs

  • Remove your ribs from the oven and remove the foil. They should now be tender, not falling apart yet but looking amazing.
  • Turn the oven up to 190 deg C. Take your chipotle bbq sauce and coat over your ribs, making sure you cover the underside as well.
  • Place your ribs back into your heated oven uncovered, after 20 minutes carefully turn you ribs over and allow the underside to color as well.
  • You want your ribs to have a good char and caramelization to them, remember this means flavour . When you are happy with the color of your ribs, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Now you can serve your ribs as they are or cut them into one or two rib pieces.
  • Serve with home made coleslaw, mac and cheese, corn on the cob and a few cold beers.
  • Finger licking goodness awaits, enjoy!