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sweet and smokey ribs

Sweet and Smokey Pork Spare Ribs

These are NOT your average pork short ribs! Pineapple and sweet peppers add a sweetness to the savory and tangy BBQ sauce. Slow cook or oven bake for a delicious BBQ meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine BBQ
Keyword Sweet and Smokey Pork Spare Ribs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 2 lb pork spare ribs membrane and excess fat removed
  • 1 tbsp salt free seasoning or 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 24 oz bottle of barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp of hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • * OPTIONAL* Sliced Peppers and Chopped Green Onions for garnishing


  • Cut the ribs in sections ( you may leave them whole if you choose)
  • Season the ribs with the salt free seasoning or salt and pepper
  • Spray your bake dish or slow cooker with non stick spray.
  • Place the ribs into the dish, followed by the pineapple.
  • Combine the Barbecue sauce, orange marmalade, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, and liquid smoke.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Pour the sauce over the ribs and pineapple, then cover.
  • Crockpot: Cook for 4 hours on high
  • Oven: Bake on 375 F for 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Uncover the ribs, and broil in the oven for 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve and Enjoy.