Sunday, January 17, 2016

Anna Sultana’s Baked Pork Side Ribs in a Sweet and Sour Sauce, Maltese Style

A few months ago, in the summer, I posted the recipe for Anna Sultana’s Barbecued Pork Side Ribs and Barbecue Sauce, Maltese Style.
The stores were having sales then and, here in Canada, it was a popular grilling item.

Okay… now it’s winter and no one wants to stand outside in -40º C while cooking their lunch.
But the ribs are still being occasionally featured as a sales item.
Next time they are, pick up a pack and cook the ribs in the oven.

You might serve a vegetable soup and cornbread as a first course.
A big platter of pasta with tomato sauce is also good.


If you have a crockpot it would be fine for cooking the ribs.
Layer the ribs in  the pot, spooning the sauce over each layer.
Cover and cook on Low for 10-12 hours or on High for 5-6 hours.
The ribs should be 'falling off the bone' tender.

Ma didn’t have a slow cooker, so she cooked ribs in the oven.
They were nice and tender, too.

While you've got the oven on, why not roast some garlic, too?

                        Sweet and Sour Sauce

Place in a medium saucepan
1 Cup brown sugar (dark gives a stronger taste)
1/4 Cup flour
1 teaspoon ginger
Stir until they are combined.
Stir in
1/4 Cup ketchup
1 garlic clove, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup vinegar
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
Cook and stir occasionally over low heat, about 30 minutes.

                        Baked Pork Side Ribs

Preheat the oven to 350º F

In a large roasting pan, with a cover, place in layers
3 pounds pork spareribs
Spooning the sauce over each layer. 
Cover and bake for 2 hours until the ribs are very tender.


  1. Hi Margaret:)
    They'll be no cooking on the grill around here for a while but, the temps aren't quite as cold as you mention. Thank goodness!!!

    I often cook pork in the crock. It works out GREAT. I'm loving this sauce Margaret. Just today I found pork loins on sale for would you believe, 87 cents a pound!!! Of course I bought one or two or three, lol...

    Now I know what I'll be doing with a least one of them, if not all, lol...

    Thanks for sharing, Margaret...keep warm:)

  2. Hi, Louise!
    We're out of the worst of the deep freeze, but until April, we could have a few more times when Winnipeg will be colder than Mars

    Wow!!! 87 cents a pound!! Do stock up!!! Our dollar's down to around 70 cents US, so food prices - especially for imported produce - are big news here. Guess our film industry will be happy - Canadian cities will be used as stand ins for American cities. Ah, the circle of finances!

    Enjoy the sauce and stay warm :)


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