Easy Sweet-Sour Spare Ribs

User rating: 4.82352941176471 out of 5 stars (17) Reviews

Demonstrated by: Charlotte Kawazoe.
Picnic Foods - July 1, 2002.


Easy Sweet-Sour Spareribs

  • 5 lb spare ribs, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks, including liquid
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons water


  1. In a large saucepot, combine spare ribs, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Add onion, bell pepper, and pineapple.
  5. Continue cooking for 15 more minutes.
  6. Combine cornstarch and water; stir into spare rib mixture.
  7. Cook until mixture thickens.

Makes 8 servings.


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Thank you Aunty Charlotte, awesome recipe! Can do with chicken instead of spareribs and so ono. Thank you for sharing!

by ANONYMOUS on 7/23/2023

I really like this recipe and I am going to try a lot of the other recipes. Thank u for sharing.

by LeeAnn Castro on 11/23/2022

I just made this for lunch . let me tell you it is very delicious . I'm so happy i have leftovers . thank you .

by ANONYMOUS on 11/6/2022

I have tried many Sweet & sour spare ribs recipes, and this one is a keeper! I definitely agree Dark brown sugar produced more appetizing color of the ribs & the sauce. I added sliced ginger and carrots. The onions better to cut into quarters. The results comes close to Leeward Drive-Inn style!

by Michael on 8/5/2021

I follow this recipe but exclude the bell peppers and onions. I add about a tablespoon of minced ginger to this recipe (more if you’re a ginger fan). I marinate the ribs overnight or longer. For variations, I have added daikon (fresh or pickled) or lap cheong (Chinese sausage) or both. My family like it with both daikon and sausage. Reminds us of our mom’s sweet sour spare ribs.

by ANONYMOUS on 5/17/2021

Am I related to Charlotte? ( same last name!) I loved this recipe! Thanks for sharing. I only used 1 TBS corn starch because I prefer a thinner broth.

by Kim Kawazoe on 3/1/2021

Added some peeled and smashed ginger root and daikon. Just like my sister -in-law made. Came out perfect.

by ANONYMOUS on 2/8/2021

Needs 1 cup real pineapple juice. Not the liquid from the chunks. Darker brown sugar the better. Don't use the organic vinegar. Heinz applecider.

by Kekoa on 12/7/2020

In the middle of making this now. It smells yummy! Only thing is the liquid doesn't seem like it's enough. I halved the recipe since I only have 2.5 lbs of pork. Hope it turns out okay!

by ANONYMOUS on 6/8/2020

I love sweet and sour spare ribs...this recipe was a dream, so easy to make and delicious. I cut it in half because I only had about 2 lbs. of pork. I also added some ginger and daikon which the recipe doesn't call for but really made it ono. Also, sort of sweet, can used less sugar and more shoyu to balance the sweetness. Very quick and easy dinner. It's my new favorite recipe!!

by Patrice on 5/1/2020

Love, love, love this super simple recipe. I highly recommend it to anyone who misses a good sweet and sour recipe. I’m a lazy cook, so this suits me just fine and tastes delicious.

by ANONYMOUS on 4/14/2019

Love this recipe!

by ANONYMOUS on 12/22/2018

Easy and ono! I'm not a fan of onions so I left it out.

by ANONYMOUS on 11/20/2018

Love,love,love it! This recipe was not only easy to make, but soooo delicious! Definitely will make it again and again!

by ANONYMOUS on 8/11/2018

Onolisous! This spareribs recipe is very good, Definitely will be my choice of spareribs recipe. I added daikon, loved it?

by ANONYMOUS on 7/4/2018

by ANONYMOUS on 5/19/2018

Very tastey and easy to make. Like that flour not an ingredient.

by ANONYMOUS on 8/15/2017