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Soft and Juicy recipes for barbecue spare ribs in oven

 Soft n’Juicy!Leave it to Your Oven

How about some oven cooked spareribs anyone?

Anyone who’s ever prepared spareribs in the oven and they didn’t exactly turn out the way you wanted them to, pay close attention! We’d like to show you a few sparerib recipes that you can prepare in your very own oven!

3 Tips for Preparing Delicious Ribs for the Oven

In many cases, after you’ve cooked your ribs and the texture turned out a bit hard, it’s probably due to a bit of preparation mistakes. Once you understand how to soften up these babies, you can apply that knowledge to other meats as well!

1.Cutting the Tendon

Cutting the Tendon

Especially in beef and pork. There are many places abundant with fibers and tendons. Tendons under high heat, become hard and the meat can turn into a rubber-like texture. To prevent this, let’s remove these fibers so that we can rest easy when cooking.

Spareribs have this white membrane that helps hold the meat to the bone. Even in places between the red meat and fat are places packed with this layer of fiber. Try to cut away as much as possible before cooking the meat.

2.The power of Enzymes

Let’s use some of the natural enzymes found in fruits, raw vegetables, salt, pepper, and even yogurt to help break down the muscle fibers and get that “soft to the bone” texture. Breaking these fibers down takes a bit of work. Also, as the fibers break up, small gaps open in the meat allowing for moisture to get in. This is what keeps the meat extra juicy.

Foods that are rich in enzymes include kiwis and pineapples. By placing these fruits in a bag with the meat for about 10-20 minutes, you can use the fiber-eating enzymes found in the fruit to soften them up.


Only through what’s called “low temperature cooking” and for extended periods of time can you achieve the soft juicy texture that you want. On high heat, the meat is more likely to dry out. However, eating meat that’s undercooked can cause health issues that The Meat Guy doesn’t want to be responsible for! Finding that balance between the two is the key to using your oven.

Soft n’ Juicy! Spareribs Oven Recipes

Making the meat soft comes down cutting the extra fibers and breaking down the remaining fibers using enzyme rich foods like the previously mentioned kiwis and pineapples. Getting this down are keys to meaty success!

Tropical Spareribs(3-4 People)

Tropical Spareribs


Spareribs 400g (7-8)
Grated onion and pineapple 50g each

Grated onion and pineapple

<How to Make!>

Place all above ingredients into a plastic bag and let them rest for at least 20 minutes before removing the onions and pineapples and adding salt and pepper to the ribs. From there you can move on to your oven.

Shio Koji Pickled Spareribs (3-4 People)

Shio Koji Pickled Spareribs

<How to Make!>

Spareribs 400g (7-8)
35 g of Shio Koji

<How to Make>

Place the spareribs and Shio Koji in a plastic bag for about 20 minutes before moving to your oven for cooking.

The Time in the Oven

Both of the above recipes are cooked the exact same way in the oven. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Place the coated ribs on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Also, by cooking the meat in an oven, a lot of fat is loss lost and thus it’s a bit healthier to cook them this way as opposed to stewing, BBQ etc. While they cook, you can also turn your attention to side dishes for the spareribs as well.

What Goes Well with Spareribs? Things to Prepare While the Ribs Cook.

While the ribs cook, you could prepare about 2 different side dishes in the meantime. Beginners can even try this one to hone some cooking skills.

Baked Vegetables(3-4 People)

Baked Vegetables

<How to Make!>

1/2 Onion
2 cuts of Eggplant
1/3 Carrot
4 Slices of Pumpkin
1 Bell Pepper
1/4 Paprika Pepper
Noodle soup (double concentration) 4 tablespoons
Olive Oil

<How to Make!>

1. Cut the eggplant and onion into slices about a centimeter wide.The pumpkin and carrot are both cut into thin slices. For the peppers and paprika, slice those as well while removing any seeds.

2. With a bit of olive oil, cook the vegetables in a pan.

3. In a heat resistant container or Tupperware, pickle the vegetables with the noodle soup concentration.

4. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. These can also be enjoyed cold.

Sweet Cheese Mashed Potatoes(3~4People)

Slightly sweet cheese mashed potatoes


2 potatoes (the meat only)
150ml of Milk
2 teaspoons of sugar
40g shredded cheese


1. Soften up your potatoes by warming them in the microwave. You can also boil them.

2. Place your now soft potatoes in a small pot.With a masher, mash these babies while adding the sugar and milk.Once smooth, warm them again to finish off the texture.

3. Once cooked, add your cheese.

Cooked Pepper Marinade(3~4People)

Cooked Pepper Marinade


1/2 Red Paprika Pepper
1/2 Yellow Paprika Pepper
※1 tablespoon of vinegar
※1 tablespoon of olive oil
※1/4 teaspoon of salt
※A bit of Black pepper

<How to Make>

1. Remove the seeds from the pepper and cut them into 1cm slices.

2. On a fish grill, lay the peppers spread apart on an aluminum foil sheet and grill for 5-10 minutes.

3. Take your 「※」ingredients, mix them together and place into a heat resistant container or Tupperware. Finally take your grilled peppers and pickle them in container for 10 minutes.

Delicious Ribs in the Oven

Remember, the most important piece to making delicious ribs in the oven is proper prep. Make sure to get rid of the tendons before seasoning. This may seem a little tedious at first, but the reward is worth it! Follow these steps and take the challenge today!

Izawa Ayaka
As a certified dietitian, Ms. Izawa Ayaka lends a big hand in creating recipes, and writing articles surrounding food. She is also the wife of an onion farmer in Hokkaido. From that standpoint, she has her very own column published every month in the Hokkaido Shimbun newspaper. (As of late June 2019). As she is always surrounded by foodies, she continues to submit interesting articles related to the subject of food as a whole.

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