Mom’s Spareribs

From Kathy:

I’m a new member to the Seattle Cookbook Club, and this was my first time in the company of some amazing chefs!
My first cookbook club was Grandma’s cooking. My choice of recipe was one of my favorites growing up appropriately named Mom’s Spareribs. This recipe came from my Mother and my Grandmother…who got it from my great Aunt. It was my all-time requested recipe growing up for birthdays and special occasions.
I started the morning off by trying something new and bought some pork spare ribs from the Ballard market. These came from Olsen’s Farm in Colville WA. A little less meaty than what I remember growing up, but ribs any way are tasty. I simmered the sauce and roasted a few of thier potatoes along side the ribs. My favorite thing when I used to eat this meal growing up was mashing these potatoes a little, and then smothering it with a nice big pat of butter. Oh man…so delicious!!
Mom’s Spareribs
Recipe from my Mother, Roz Thompson
prep time:  5 minutes
cook time:  1 hour 40 minutes
total time:  1 hour 45 minutes
Makes 6


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 lbs spareribs
  • 6 potatoes (Peeled – cut in half. I like to quarter if large potatoes)


Combine 1-8 ingredients for sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Place ribs in 9×13″ pan and brush with sauce. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Decrease temperature to 350, add potatoes and pour rest of sauce over all. Bake 1 hour.


Sauce can be doubled easily (Good call if you like them saucy). Bone-in or boneless work well.
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1 Response to Mom’s Spareribs

  1. Kelli says:

    Very generous of you to call us “amazing chefs” So glad you could come! I apologize for the horrible photo.

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