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Red Wine Braised Spare Ribs

Flavorful red wine-braised spare ribs is a delicious weeknight or date night meal! Pair it with roasted vegetables and polenta for a filling, unique meal!

Red Wine Braised Spare Ribs

This is your down and dirty rack of ribs all churched up in its Sunday best. This rack cleans up well. It touts sophistication like a bow tie  truffles or brandy.

It probably wears cologne and reads the morning paper. It knows whether the Dow is up or down and wants to talk to you about corn futures. It’s a cloth napkin rack, not a shirt sleeve rack.

There may not be a drop of barbecue sauce on this fancy pants rack, but when it comes out of the oven embraced in red wine aroma and the meat falls off the bones, that nitty gritty way about you takes hold, your sleeves roll up, and your shoulder goes back to being your handkerchief, cloth napkin or no cloth napkin. these babies are braised in red wine.

Red wine braised spare ribs are one of my favorite meals!

Red Wine Braised Spare Ribs

Don’t be fooled by the long baking time – the recipe’s a cinch. You owe it to your rib-loving self.

Adding full-bodied red wine to your already comforting winter recipes calms your nerves all the way to Relaxationville.

The scent of these ribs slow cooking in the oven for two and a half hours made me feel like I had yoga-d my face off and was settling into post-yoga peace.

So much for happy baby’s pose and savasana – braise up some ribs in wine and you’ll be decompressed like you just got steam rolled!

Red Wine Braised Spare Ribs with creamy polenta and roasted root vegetables

Serve it up with creamy polenta and Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables for a real wild ride!

Your shoulder makes for an excellent napkin, now braise like you’ve never braised before!

Also try my Paleo Instant Pot Short Ribs or my Instant Pot Wine Braised Short Ribs.

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Red Wine Braised Spare Ribs with creamy polenta and roasted root vegetables
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Red Wine Braised Spare Ribs

Red wine braised spare ribs make an amazing dinner. No BBQ sauce needed!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 rack
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Julia



  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • In a large cast iron skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil to medium-high. Place the ribs in the skillet and sear each side a minute or two just until golden brown, but don’t cook the meat.
  • Place the ribs in a large casserole (or braising) dish and sprinkle with ground ginger, cayenne, rock salt, rosemary and ground black pepper.
  • Pour the red wine and beef stock over the meat. This should fill the casserole dish almost entirely to the top.
  • Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 2.5 to 3 hours (depending on how much meat is on the bone).
  • Remove from the oven and use tongs to place ribs on a plate. Meat should fall right off the bone!
  • Either discard the juices or separate out the fat and use juices to make gravy.
  • Serve with roasted vegetables and creamy polenta for a satisfying meal!


I marinated my ribs in the red wine (only) and kosher salt for about 6 hours before cooking. This is an optional step but will add some more flavor to your ribs. I served the ribs with creamy polenta, which I prepared by following the instructions on the polenta package and roasted root vegetables (see recipe here:


Serving: 1of 6 | Calories: 342kcal | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g
Braised Spare Ribs


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Saturday 4th of November 2017

I have adopted this recipe and modified it probably 6-7 different ways from Sunday, substituted Short-Ribs instead for Baby-Back Ribs and its now my favourite recipe. But here is the kicker... once the ribs are cooked you can take the remaining beef broth/red wine mixture with all the drippings, boil them about 20 minutes to reduce it down and literally make the best gravy you have ever tasted. Oh and try experimenting with the spices/ingredients you add, some of the better additions I have tried include: (Dijon Mustard, thyme, & bay leaves). All of these amazing flavours slow-braized with your ribs for 3-4 hours will only add multiple dimensions to the flavour of the gravy.


Monday 9th of June 2014

this is ny far the easiest and the simplest recipe I've come across And it looks good too (not to forget)


Monday 9th of June 2014

Wahooo! Thanks for letting me know, Menti! I really love braised ribs - I should really do it more often. Thanks for your kind comment :)

Rachel Horowitz

Sunday 20th of April 2014

I think I'm going to try this recipe, today. I bought a rack of spare ribs to try, but have never ever made spare ribs before. I was trying to decide between braising and just roasting with a dry rub. This looks simple and tasty, and will pair well with mashed cauliflower (I'm trying to be creative, while on Atkins).


Sunday 20th of April 2014

Sounds awesome, Rachel! It's been forever since I've made braised spare ribs, and I'm thinking I need to do so soon. Hope you like them!

Ray Summers

Friday 5th of July 2013

That's almost the same how my wife does the spare ribs. It's always a feast around our grill


Tuesday 8th of January 2013

These came up in my sidebar because of BlogHer and I had to come check them out. Yum! Pinned!


Tuesday 8th of January 2013

Thanks so much, Carolyn, I hope you try them! They were magnificent!

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