Grandma Mertz's Inspired Country-Style Spare Ribs

Michelle Koletar/Mertz


Both of my grandmas were wonderful cooks, albeit with totally different styles & dishes. How lucky was I to grow up with them both! The smell of these spare ribs baking in the oven make me feel as if I'm back in my Grandma Mertz's kitchen. I've never had any I like even close as much as these -- they will fall apart & melt in your mouth!


★★★★★ 6 votes

20 Min
3 Hr 30 Min


  • 1 large
    onion, diced
  • 3
    stalks celery, diced
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 8-10
    country style spare ribs

How to Make Grandma Mertz's Inspired Country-Style Spare Ribs


  1. Heat oven to 275 degrees. Salt (lightly) & pepper spare ribs w/ some water for about 30/45 mins to get rid of some of the fat. Put spare ribs in a different baking pan or get rid of all water & grease & use same one.
  2. Meanwhile, cook all other ingredients in a pan on stove & bring to boil. Reduce to simmer.
  3. Pour the bbq mixture over the spareribs. Bake for about 3 hours, turning over once. You will note the meat becomes extremely tender & the tops will begin to get a bit brown. Keep basting the sauce over to ensure they stay nice & moist. That's it! I love to serve w/ sweet potato casserole & baked corn or a baked potato & then I put the yummy sauce on the potato 2. :) Enjoy!

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