“Lick your lips like crazy” rooibos spareribs

Rooibos syrup spareribs

Rooibos syrup spareribs

I cannot remember where or how I discovered this recipe, all I know is that I first made this when I lived in Melbourne. I vaguely remembered the ingredients and searched on google till I found it here.

All ingredients for rooibos ribs

All ingredients for rooibos ribs

1.8 to 2kg spareribs
1 rosemary sprig
1/4 cup honey (My Afro-cosmo twist is to use rooibos syrup instead)
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I had white, oh well!)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt

Pre-boiling spareribs

Pre-boiling spareribs

Cover  spareribs and rosemary sprig in water and heat to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 hour or so, pork ribs are tender anyway. (Now, I get asked the question, why boil the ribs? I think it is because the sauce is sweet, if the ribs are grilled for too long, sauce may burn. Not too sure, but I tried it this way and the ribs were magnificent. Does anyone want to try it without pre-boiling?)

Spicy rooibos syrup sauce

Spicy rooibos syrup sauce

Meanwhile, heat rooibos syrup, ketchup, vinegar, orange juice, garlic, Tabasco sauce and salt to boiling in a small saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened. (I honestly leave it to thicken a little longer so it is well and truly sticky!)

Spicy honey sauce

Spicy honey sauce

I made this a few weeks ago with the honey recipe, see the difference in colour? The rooibos sauce is so rich!

Glossy rooibos spareribs

Glossy rooibos spareribs

Preheat grill to medium (I preheat to BURN!) or preheat oven to 230 degrees C (I converted from 450 Fahrenheit). Place ribs on rack on grill or pan. Brush ribs with rooibos syrup sauce. Cook 20 minutes or until heated through, brushing occasionally with rooibos syrup mixture and turning once.

Prepping the veggies

Prepping the veggies

We had the ribs with mashed potatoes that my bloke proudly made, and simple veg selection of green beans and sweetcorn.

Sparerib meal complete with veggies

Spare rib meal complete with veggies

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12 thoughts on ““Lick your lips like crazy” rooibos spareribs

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  2. O-M-G these looks SO good. I WANT THEM RIGHT NOW! I grew up in South Carolina. During the winter months, and when time was a comodity I saw more boiling of ribs. Especially, if you weren’t cooking them outside on an actual bbq grill, but in your oven. Not only does it tenderize them, but it cuts down on the actual roasting time…, and yes, as a result less scorching of that great sweet sauce! The way that they pull away from the bone, I KNOW they were tender. YUM! I’m officially hungry (again! lol.) I see the steeping of some rooibos in my immediate future. What a fantastic idea!

    • Thank you Deittra! Rooibos has such a mild honey bush taste but the flavour certainly comes through in the syrup. Thanks for the insight on pre boiling the ribs. They so fall apart, so lusciously soft.

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