Celebrate World Whisky Day in style with these incredibly flavourful oven-baked pork ribs. Our effortless recipe guarantees tender, juicy meat slathered in a rich BBQ sauce – the perfect pairing for your favourite whisky on the rocks

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BBQ Rub for Ribs

2 ½ tsp. paprika powder
1½ tsp. onion powder
1tsp. cayenne pepper
1½ tsp. dried thyme
1½ Tsp. dried oregano
1½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper



2 – 2.5kg pork ribs (2 racks)
¾ cup sweet alcoholic apple cider
1 tbsp. olive oil


Homemade BBQ Sauce

½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 ½ cups tomato ketchup
½ cup water
1 ½ tbsp molasses
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. mustard powder
1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Tabasco or cayenne pepper


  1. Mix together the rub ingredients then coat the ribs well, especially on the meaty parts. Let them sit for 20 mins (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 160°C (all oven types).
  3. Place ribs on a tray in a single layer. Pour apple cider underneath the ribs, cover with foil then bake for 1 hour 30 mins or until the meat is tender.
  4. Take out the ribs, crank heat to 180°C. Remove the foil, drizzle with oil, and put the ribs back in for 15 mins or until the rub gets crispy.
  5. Line a new tray with foil then baking/parchment paper.
  6. Remove ribs from oven, transfer to lined tray. Pour any juices from tray over the ribs.
  7. Flip ribs so the bonier side is up. Slather with BBQ Sauce, then bake 10 mins.
  8. Remove from oven, then turn ribs over so the meaty side is up. Slather with BBQ Sauce, bake 5 mins. Repeat 2 to 3 more times until you've got a thick glaze on the ribs.
  9. Cut ribs into individual or multiple rib portions and serve with remaining BBQ Sauce!


BBQ Sauce directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 mins or until thickened.
  2. Adjust to taste: sweetness with brown sugar/honey, salt and sour with vinegar. Use for glazing ribs and as a sauce for serving.