Garlic Spare Ribs Recipe

Updated on January 20, 2018
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Garlic Spareribs
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Love My Ribs

Garlic spareribs bring back fond childhood memories for me. When I was a little girl living in Montreal, my dad and I used to go out for dinner quite often on a Saturday night. Whenever he would ask me what I'd like for dinner, my usual reply would be spareribs. Seems I could never get enough of them. We would jump in the car and head to Ruby Foo's. This was back in the 1960s before the restaurant became a hotel. I recall it was a comfortable restaurant with friendly staff, and I always felt at home there.

We'd order ribs and steamed rice along with a vegetable dish. The ribs would come in a large bowl and be smothered in this wonderful garlic sauce. The sauce was so good we'd spoon it onto the rice.

When we moved away from Montreal, my dad would try to replicate the ribs with all kinds of concoctions. I remember one day coming home late to a man that was quite upset. He had spent all day cooking one of his replicated sauces, and because I was three hours late for dinner, he made me sit and eat a third of what he'd made. Let's just say they were the worst ribs I've ever eaten.

After many years and pots and pots of ribs, he hit on a sauce he found, and I have to say it's the closest I've ever tasted to Ruby Foo's garlic spareribs. Thank you VH!

The sauce is from VH Sauces and is called Strong Garlic Rib Cooking Sauce. When dad found this sauce you would think that he'd won the lottery.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Will serve 4 people
The two ingredients needed for this dish, ribs and VH Strong Garlic Sauce
The two ingredients needed for this dish, ribs and VH Strong Garlic Sauce | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of pork side ribs (back ribs can be used as well), cut individually or in sections
  • 1 jar of VH Strong Garlic Rib Cooking Sauce

Instructions

  1. Prepare the ribs by rinsing them under cold water and cutting them individually or in four sections with a sharp knife.
  2. Place in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and turn the heat down to medium and cover the pot. Let the ribs gently boil for sixty minutes.
  3. Drain the ribs and set aside. Wash out the pot or use another pot to boil the VH sauce. Once the VH sauce is boiling add the ribs and stir. Boil for five to 8 minutes.
  4. Place ribs with sauce into a bowl. Serve and ENJOY!
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After cutting the rack of ribs into individual ribs or into quarters place the ribs into a pot. Cover the ribs with water and bring water to a boil. Bring the sauce to a boil and add ribs back into the pot.Boil the ribs in the sauce for 5-8 minutes.
After cutting the rack of ribs into individual ribs or into quarters place the ribs into a pot.
After cutting the rack of ribs into individual ribs or into quarters place the ribs into a pot. | Source
Cover the ribs with water and bring water to a boil.
Cover the ribs with water and bring water to a boil.
Bring the sauce to a boil and add ribs back into the pot.
Bring the sauce to a boil and add ribs back into the pot.
Boil the ribs in the sauce for 5-8 minutes.
Boil the ribs in the sauce for 5-8 minutes.

Dinner's ready, let's eat!

Garlic spareribs with a side of steamed brown rice and steamed mixed vegetables.
Garlic spareribs with a side of steamed brown rice and steamed mixed vegetables. | Source

Ribs in VH Strong Garlic Rib Sauce

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 8 oz. serving of ribs
Calories 720
Calories from Fat342
% Daily Value *
Fat 38 g58%
Saturated fat 14 g70%
Carbohydrates 48 g16%
Sugar 42 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 41 g82%
Cholesterol 150 mg50%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Side Dishes to Serve With Garlic Spare ribs

One or more of the following side dishes go quite well with the garlic spare ribs:

  • Steamed rice
  • Fried rice
  • Vegetable stir fry
  • Steamed veggies
  • Shrimp stir fry
  • Chicken stir fry
  • Egg rolls
  • Spring rolls
  • Asian salad

VH Sauces

There are many different types of VH Sauces to choose from. You can find them in most grocery stores or purchase them from ebay.

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        John thomas 

        2 months ago

        My mom made the best ribs. The best recipe from montreal requires molasses. I remember her making them with home made fried rice and egg rolls( real egg rolls, not spring rolls). Anyway the best recipe wont be in a name brand bottle, its home made. Honey

        Garlic

        Molasses

        Soy sauce

        Chinese five spice

        Lil water

        Boil ribs til almost fall off the bone then boil in honey garlic water mixture until water evaporates. Ribs will come out sticky and delicious.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Hi Linda, So glad that you liked the garlic spare ribs. Happy Holidays! I was born in Montreal :)

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        Linda 

        11 months ago

        I made these tonight, so easy, the best I've made ever. Unfortunately no leftovers, will know better next time. Wishing you a great weekend from a very cold Montreal.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Hi Mr. Happy, They're not really crispy at all, but moist and juicy :)

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        Susan Zutautas 

        2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        R Talloni, I hope that you enjoy the ribs as much as we do.

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        Mr. Happy 

        2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        Those look yummy lol I just got hungry all of a sudden.

        The boiling part is the secret to the meat coming right-off the bones when You bite into them. : )

        What struck me as strange was that there is no mention of grilling, or BBQing them - that's what I do after the boiling part. Here You just boil them a second time in that sauce? How do they come-out looking crispy from just boiling?

        Thanks for the recipe. Cheers!

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        RTalloni 

        2 years ago from the short journey

        Well that really is easy an easy recipe! I'm looking forward to trying it.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        JPSO, They're very easy to make. Hope that you enjoy the recipe/

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        JPSO138 

        4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

        I love eating ribs. I never thought it would be so easy to make. I will definitely give this a try one of these days.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        RH, I'm so glad that you and your family enjoy this recipe.

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        Kelly Umphenour 

        5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        Yum yum! Mine are on the stove just beginning to boil right NOW!

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        vespawoolf 

        5 years ago from Peru, South America

        That's a helpful tip. Thanks!

      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        vespawoolf, If you can't find the VH sauce you'll probably be able to find something very similar. Look in the Chinese cooking section of your grocery store. Thank you and hope you enjoy the ribs.

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        vespawoolf 

        5 years ago from Peru, South America

        I enjoyed your childhood memory of spareribs. I'm also a huge fan and I love garlic. This sounds like the recipe for me! I've never seen VH cooking sauce but will definitely look for it now. It's getting close to lunch time and after reading your delicious hubs, I'm starving. : )

      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        moonlake, Thanks so much!

        bdegiulio, Nice to meet you, and I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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        Bill De Giulio 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

        Susan, you definitely caught my eye with these great sounding ribs. Will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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        moonlake 

        6 years ago from America

        My hubby would love this. He crazy about spareribs. Thanks for the recipe. Voted up and pinned. Shared

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        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        drbj, I'm with you on that .... garlic anything is great!

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        drbj and sherry 

        6 years ago from south Florida

        You did hit the spot with this wonderful sparerib recipe, Susan. Spareribs are my #1 favorite food and garlic is my #1 favorite condiment, er ... flavoring, er ... herb ... whatever! My tastebuds send their thanks, m'dear.

      • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Vincent, I just heard back from ConAgra Foods and this is what their reply was to my question about MSG in their sauces:

        Thank you for your email concerning our VH Sauces.

        I appreciate your interest in our products! If MSG is added to a product, it would be listed on the ingredient label. However, MSG can occur naturally in some food ingredients as free glutamate or glutamic acid. Consumers who may have sensitivities are advised to check the ingredient list on product packages. Thanks again.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Ruby, and Mhatter, Thank you both :)

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        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        lovedoctor, Thanks so much.

        RH, Another way you may want to try ribs is to put them into a roasting pan with seasoning and about an inch of water. Cover with foil and cook them in the over on 250 for 1 - 2 hours and then throw them on the grill or under the broiler with BBQ sauce. The meat falls off the bones :)

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        Martin Kloess 

        6 years ago from San Francisco

        Let me see... you're giving a garlic lover a garlic-sparerib recipe and you don't want him to love you? :))

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        6 years ago from Southern Illinois

        I haven't had spareribs in ages. Yours looks so good. I know the sauce is the key. I will make it soon. Thank you..You are such a good cook.

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        Kelly Umphenour 

        6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        I can not wait to try that sauce...my entire family loves ribs. Last time I made them (about a week ago) my nephew was here - we made two slabs. I boiled one slab according to instructions I found...and I did the other slab how I always have. I just take a knife and peel all that skin off and grill them.

        We wanted to see which came out best - the boiled ones totally won! It does not suck the flavor out like I thought it would! I never knew they could be cooked like that and oh my goodness - the difference is remarkable.

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        lovedoctor926 

        6 years ago

        Simply delicious and mouth-watering! Voted up awesome!

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        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks Frank and glad you liked the intro.

        Vincent I was hoping you'd see this hub as I was sure that you would be familiar with Ruby Foo's. MSG is not listed on the jar but I've emailed the company to find out for you, and I'll let you know as soon as I hear back from them.

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        Vincent Moore 

        6 years ago

        Susan I remember Ruby Foo's very well, I've been there numerous times in the 60's and 70's with family and friends. You're right about the rib s they are off the wall and so delicious. They seem simple enough to make adding the VH Sauce, I'm sure I can find a jar at either of the big box supermarkets I shop at. My question, is their MSG in this sauce, I have an intolerance to MSG and I substitute it with Oyster Sauce when I cook Asian foods. I will give this recipe a try for sure, sounds so yummy. I love ribs one of my favourite meats. Rated Up and shared.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        6 years ago from Shelton

        Justasksusan now you've hit a homerun!!!! voted and rated the highest I could rate can't wait to try these and good lead into your rcipe :) Frank

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        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Pam, Usually it will be in the Chinese cooking section. Thanks so much!

        vocalcoach, Yes a very recipe, and thank you.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Carol, I'd be lost without garlic :) Love it!

        Bill, Thanks :)

        brtbell, I've been cooking ribs quite a bit lately as they've been on sale here quite a bit.

        I keep meaning to ask if the RSD is getting any better.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Susan - This is not only the best recipe I have found for spareribs, it's also the easiest. As soon as I stop drooling all over my keyboard, I will vote up, 5* across and share!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        6 years ago from Sunny Florida

        I don't remember seeing any VH products in my store, but I will look. Your spare ribs look delicious. Voted up and useful. Thanks for the recipe.

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        Randi Benlulu 

        6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        These sound really good! I appreciate the step by step. I haven't really cooked ribs, too much.

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        Bill Holland 

        6 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I can't imagine those not being delicious! My goodness they look great, sound mouthwatering, and I am now soooooo hungry!

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        carol stanley 

        6 years ago from Arizona

        If those don't look mouthwatering I don't know what does. I am getting hungry and it is only 6AM. Garlic does enhance everything in my opinion. Great recipe and voting up and sharing.

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