Honey Spareribs Recipe: Sticky, Tasty Delight

Hear ye, hear ye! As a chef who has spent countless hours perfecting my recipes, I am excited to share with you my Honey Spareribs, Irish Style recipe. This sumptuous dish is a delightful combination of sweet honey, savory pork ribs, and the bold flavors of traditional Irish cuisine.

When it comes to mealtime, who doesn’t love indulging in delicious foods that warm the soul and leave you feeling satisfied? With this recipe, you’ll have a new go-to dish that can impress guests or offer comfort during solo dining.

Not only is this dish mouth-wateringly tasty, but it also uses simple ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store. All you need is some honey, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, and a few other staples to create this unforgettable dish.

So why not try something new and treat yourself to an experience like no other with our Honey Spareribs, Irish Style recipe? Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Honey Spareribs, Irish Style
Honey Spareribs, Irish Style

Folks, let me tell you, these Honey Spareribs, Irish Style are the real deal! If you haven’t tried them yet, I promise you’re in for a treat. What makes this recipe so special, you ask? Well, let me count the ways.

First and foremost, the rich and savory flavor of these spareribs will have your taste buds dancing with joy. The honey glaze pairs perfectly with the complex combination of Worcestershire sauce and garlic, making every bite a delightful experience.

Not to mention, you can make these ribs using pork spare ribs or baby back ribs. That’s right folks! You have options – so you can pick whichever cut of meat is your favorite.

Moreover, this recipe is very versatile. If you don’t have all the ingredients listed in the recipe at home don’t sweat it! You could still make some excellent substitutions that would work just as well.

Lastly – and this one’s a crowd pleaser – these Honey Spareribs only need three hours in the oven till they’re fork-tender. We recommend cooking them low and slow at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results. Trust me folks, if you’re making these for a family gathering or a dinner party, they’ll be a surefire hit. So go ahead, give it a try!

Ingredient List

 Sweet and Sticky Honey Spareribs
Sweet and Sticky Honey Spareribs

Here’s everything you need to prepare these delicious Honey Spareribs, Irish Style.


  • 5 lbs Pork Spareribs


  • 1 Onion, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, Minced

Sauces and Condiments

  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Demi-glace
  • 1 cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar

Other Ingredients

  • Water (to cover the ribs)

Make sure all of your ingredients are fresh before you start cooking. Your spareribs will turn out much better if they’re made from fresh, high-quality meat!

The Recipe How-To

 Fall-off-the-bone Deliciousness
Fall-off-the-bone Deliciousness

Now that we have assembled all the necessary ingredients for our Honey Spareribs, Irish Style recipe, it’s time to prepare and cook. This recipe is perfect for special occasions, game nights or family gatherings. Let’s get started!


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cover the 5 lbs pork ribs with cold water.
  3. Peel and slice 1 onion, smash 1 garlic clove and add both to the pot.
  4. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for two to three hours until the meat is tender.


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups honey, 1 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup soy sauce and 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce until well combined.
  2. Add in 1 tablespoon of demi-glace and mix again.


  1. Once the ribs are ready, carefully remove them from the pot and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  2. Brush generously with the sauce we made earlier, making sure each rib is coated evenly.
  3. Bake for another two hours, basting every 15 minutes with additional sauce until fully glazed.

That’s it! Our delicious Honey Spareribs, Irish Style recipe is complete. Serve hot with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes or coleslaw.

Optional: Slow Cooker Method

Prepare ribs as above but instead of boiling in a pot or Dutch oven, slow cook them in a crockpot with onions and garlic on low heat for eight hours.

[Variation] Habanero Honey Spareribs

Add two diced fresh habanero peppers into the glaze mixture for a spicy kick!

Enjoy the sticky and tender ribs with the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors.

Substitutions and Variations

 A Perfect Irish Twist on Spareribs
A Perfect Irish Twist on Spareribs

Well howdy there, folks! Now that we’ve gone through the recipe how-to, I reckon it’s time to talk about some substitutions and variations to this dish.

If pork ribs ain’t your thang, you can always try using baby back ribs instead. They’re a bit smaller, but they’ll still get the job done. And if you prefer something with a little more kick, you could try adding in some honey habanero sauce.

Now, if you’re looking to give this dish a Chinese twist, why not try swapping out the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce for some soy sauce and five spice? You could even make yourself some Chinese honey garlic spareribs or sticky Chinese BBQ ribs.

But if you wanna stick with the Irish theme, then how about adding some Guinness to your sauce and making yourself some Guinness glazed spareribs? Now that’s what I call a good time.

You could also try experimenting with different types of honey. Maybe you’ll find that you prefer the taste of wildflower honey over clover honey.

No matter which way you go, don’t be afraid to let your culinary creativity shine through. Substitutions and variations are what make cooking fun!

Serving and Pairing

 Messy Eaters Rejoice
Messy Eaters Rejoice

When it comes to serving these Irish-style honey spareribs, I recommend garnishing them with some chopped fresh parsley or chives. It will add some freshness and brighten up the dish.

As for pairing, these ribs are best enjoyed with some mashed potatoes or a side of steamed vegetables, like broccoli or green beans. The creamy and hearty texture of the mashed potatoes balances the sweet and tangy flavors of the ribs perfectly. Moreover, the tender-crisp texture of steamed veggies provides a refreshing contrast to the savory richness of the ribs.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with some non-traditional pairings as well. For instance, you can try serving these ribs with a tall glass of Guinness stout or ale. The slightly bitter and malty taste of a good beer complements the savory umami notes in the pork and highlights the sweetness of honey glaze on the ribs.

Alternatively, you can add a bit of an Asian twist to this recipe by pairing it with some stir-fried rice noodles or steamed white rice. The nutty and savory flavors of soy sauce and sesame oil in these dishes work well with the pork spareribs’ bold flavors, while adding a subtle hint of umami sweetness to your taste buds.

In summary, these Irish-style honey spareribs are incredibly versatile and pair well with a variety of sides and drinks. So, go ahead and experiment with different combinations until you find your perfect match!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sweet and Savory Spareribs in Every Bite
Sweet and Savory Spareribs in Every Bite

Now, let’s talk about how to make-ahead, store and reheat these delectable honey spareribs. As with any make-ahead recipe, it’s important to consider the texture and integrity of the dish when reheated. When it comes to these spareribs, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days, or in the freezer for up to three months.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 325°F (162°C) and wrap the spareribs tightly with foil. Place them on a baking sheet and let them stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. You can also use a microwave to reheat the spareribs if you’re short on time. Simply place them on a microwave-safe plate and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.

If you’re planning to make the spareribs ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions until step 6 (where you glaze the ribs). Let them cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container and storing them in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.

When you’re ready to serve, preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C) and place the ribs on a baking sheet lined with greased foil. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Finally, brush another layer of glaze over the ribs before serving.

Remember that these spareribs are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven when they’re still warm and tender. However, with proper storage and reheating techniques, you can enjoy these succulent spareribs any time you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Finger-licking Goodness
Finger-licking Goodness

Now, let me share with you some tricks to ensure that your Honey Spareribs, Irish Style turn out mouth-watering and irresistible every time.

Firstly, make sure to get the right cut of pork ribs. Go for spare ribs rather than baby back ribs; they have more meat on them and work better for this recipe. You can also ask your butcher to remove the membrane on the underside of the ribs to avoid any chewiness.

Secondly, be sure to marinate the pork ribs for at least 2-3 hours before cooking. This will allow the flavors of the sauce to permeate evenly throughout the meat and make it more tender.

Once you’re ready to cook the spareribs, preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Place the ribs in a large pot or Dutch oven and cover them with cold water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 45 minutes until just tender.

After that, remove the spareribs from the pot and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Brush generously with honey glaze, then sprinkle brown sugar over each rib.

Next, cover the spareribs with foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 2 hours until they are tender and caramelized. Remove from oven and allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Finally, if you want extra sticky ribs, grill them for a few minutes after baking. Breathe in that sweet aroma! Serve with your choice of sides, such as mashed potatoes or coleslaw.

There you have it – perfect Honey Spareribs, Irish Style every time!


Now that you know how to cook honey spareribs the Irish style, you might have a few questions in mind. Don’t worry; we have compiled some of the frequently asked questions and answered them below. Keep reading to clear up any confusion and cook up a delicious plate of these spareribs.

What makes spare ribs more tender and flavorful?

If you want to make sure that your ribs are juicy and easily separated from the bone, the most reliable way to accomplish this is by baking them low and slow in a covered dish in your oven. By cooking our ribs at a low temperature of 275° F for about 2-3 hours, we ensure that the meat is tender and flavorful. This is an incredibly easy and effective method for producing succulent ribs every time.

What do you soak ribs in?

To infuse the ribs with a tangy kick, first let them soak in apple cider vinegar for two hours. Once the time is up, remove the ribs from the vinegar and pat dry. Then, work the rub into every nook and cranny of the meat. Allow the ribs to take a rest in a shallow baking dish, with a small amount of water to keep them moist, and complete the package with a tight foil wrap. Place them in the oven at a low temperature of 300 degrees F and cook for 3 hours, ensuring the meat-side is facing upwards.

How to cook spare ribs Jamie Oliver?

Let’s get things heated up by preheating the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas 3. Take the ribs and season them with a generous amount of five-spice blend and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Drizzle some olive oil, about one tablespoon, and rub the mixture all over the meat.

After seasoning, place the ribs on the tray and cover it tightly with tin foil. Let it roast in the middle of the oven for about 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and well-cooked. The result would be a delicious and juicy dish that would surely satisfy your cravings.

How long should ribs be in the oven?

When making Barbecued Pork Ribs, cooking time and temperature are crucial factors. Uncovered ribs should be baked in the oven at 350 degrees for roughly 2 hours. If you choose to wrap the ribs in foil, extending the baking time to around 3 hours at 300 degrees would be ideal. Alternatively, to speed up the process, you can increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, honey spareribs, Irish style recipe is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for casual dinners or special occasions. With its rich flavors and tender texture, it’s no wonder why so many people enjoy this mouthwatering meal across the world. Whether you are preparing this recipe at home for your family or entertaining friends, I highly recommend that you give it a try!

Remember, don’t be afraid to make substitutions or variations to suit your personal taste preferences. You can even pair this dish with a cold Guinness beer or other refreshing beverages for the ultimate dining experience. And don’t forget to try some of the other spareribs recipes from around the world, such as Chinese honey spareribs, or sticky ribs.

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about this recipe, please refer back to our frequently asked questions section for more information. Best of luck cooking up your own batch of honey spareribs Irish style!

Honey Spareribs, Irish Style

Honey Spareribs, Irish Style Recipe

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Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Meat, Savory
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Calories 1986.6kcal


  • 5 lbs pork spareribs


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock (homemade or canned)
  • 1/2 cup demi-glace (or concentrated chicken broth)
  • 1 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 lemon, juice of


  • Spareribs:
  • Put ribs in a large pot or Dutch oven and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until fork-tender, about 1 hour, skimming water occasionally to remove foam. Transfer to a large baking pan. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Sauce:
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in oil until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except demi-glace or concentrated chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook until sauce reduces by half, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the demi-glace or concentrated chicken broth.
  • Baking:
  • Pour half the sauce over the ribs and bake, turning once, until the ribs begin to brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve 4 or more ribs per person with remaining sauce. Serves 4 to 6.


Serving: 629g | Calories: 1986.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.9g | Protein: 103.5g | Fat: 140.2g | Saturated Fat: 51.9g | Cholesterol: 449.5mg | Sodium: 872.1mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 30.3g

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