Oven Baked Ribs in a Sweet & Tangy Sticky Garlic Sauce


My mom bought some wonderful ribs from the grocers today and requested that I make something out of it: to which I gladly accepted the challenge. It came in the perfect time! For one, I love ribs. Any time is a good time for ribs in my books. And pork is such a lovable, versatile type of meat, the in-between type between the chicken and the beef. It’s not as assertive as a steak, but brings more character than chicken would. It’s probably the most easy going of the meats: the “porkiness” can be tuned up by roasting it skin on, tuned down  to meld it into a nice stir fry, or it can be baconed. And yes, I just made “bacon” into a verb. Let’s be honest, bacon is in a league of its own, and no turkey strips, chicken strips, or veggie bacon strips can tarnish its good name. Bacon is bacon. Period.

But before I turn this post into an ode to pork, I should return to my pork ribs. I chose this specific recipe tonight to get me out of the winter blues. I was getting impatient for summer to finally come, and what’s a better way to add a bit of summer to the day by fixing a vibrant and tangy dish?

What’s more, I got out of work early today and had enough time to make my favorite rib sauce (which takes quite a bit of simmer time). You see, my favorite rib sauce requires the use of my favorite barbecue sauce. And unfortunately for me, my favorite barbecue sauce doesn’t come in a bottle. Every time I make these ribs, I either make sure I have a batch of sauce made beforehand, or I make sure that I have at least 3 hours of “sauce time”.  During these 3 hours, you can multi-task, but you MUST be in the kitchen, or you risk burning the pot of bubbly goodness. I also highly recommend the use of a splatter guard, or you’re in for a lot of messy splattering. Here’s one in action: Image

Making rib sauce is like caring for a down-to-earth cousin of the Risotto: the sauce requires frequent attention but not so much that you have to slave over the stove. It’s a lot of work, but it results in a ooey, gooey, sweet and tangy sauce with a welcoming garlic touch. Paired with fresh baked corn muffins, and a lime infused mango salad (I will cover these in a later post), this Rib-Muffin-Salad trio gives you quite a summer kick! Trust me, it cured me of my winter blues tonight! 😉

Here’s another Nommy Noms recipe!

Oven Baked Ribs in a Sticky Garlic Sauce

Sweet & Tangy Sticky Garlic Rib Sauce

Yield: ~3 Cups   Prep Time: 5 Mins  Cook Time: 20 Mins


  • Ketchup ——————————– 2 1/2 Cups
  • Brown Sugar ————————– 1 Cup
  • Lemon Juice ————————— 3 Tbs
  • Worcestershire Sauce ————— 2 Tsp
  • Tobasco Sauce ———————– A few dashes
  • Garlic (Minced) ———————— 8 Cloves
  • Nommy Barbeque Sauce ———— 1 Cup (recipe to follow)

The Fun Part:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium low heat. Simmer for 20-15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Nommy Barbeque Sauce

Yield: 1 Cup (This recipe doubles easily) Prep Time: 5 Mins  Cook Time: 30 Mins


  • Ketchup ————————- 1 Cup
  • Water —————————- 1/2 Cup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar ———- 1/4 Cup
  • Light Brown Sugar ———— 2 1/2 Tbs
  • Granulated Sugar ————- 2 1/2 Tbs
  • Ground black pepper ——— 1 Tsp
  • Onion Powder —————— 1 Tsp
  • Dijon mustard ——————- 1 Tsp
  • Lemon juice ———————- 1/2 Tbs
  • Worcestershire Sauce ——— 1 Tbs

The fun part:

  1. Combine ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes until thickened and reduced by half.
  2. Before reduction: Image
  3. After reduction: Sauce should be thickened and darkened. Image

The Ribs


  • Pork Ribs ———————— 8 Lbs
  • Sticky Garlic Rib Sauce ——-Enough to coat all ribs (1 recipe of sauce= 8 Lbs Ribs)

The Fun Part

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Divide rack of ribs into 6-bone pieces. Place ribs in a baking pan and cover with tin foil, pop it in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove ribs from the oven, and let sit for 10 minutes. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Cut between the ribs. The ribs should be slightly pink in the middle. Like so: Image
  5. Place ribs in a large mixing bowl, and pour enough rib sauce over the ribs to coat well. Toss. Image
  6. Arrange ribs in a single layer on a baking tray, and cover with tin foil. Pop in the preheated oven, and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes.
  8. Serve with warm corn muffins and a mango salad. ENJOY! IMG_6303

One thought on “Oven Baked Ribs in a Sweet & Tangy Sticky Garlic Sauce

  1. Pingback: Sweet and Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwich w/ Spiced Panko Onion Rings on a Homemade Rosemary Focaccia | Nommy Noms

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