Tuscan-Style Spareribs with Balsamic Glaze Recipe

Let me start by saying this recipe might be my favorite way to prepare ribs. There is nothing complicated about them and they always taste amazing. Add in the fact that they can be prepared solely in the oven, no grilling required, which makes this recipe easy to execute even for the most novice of chefs.

There is one trick to preparing ribs that you need to know. You have to remove the membrane on the bottom side of the ribs. For those of you who have never prepared ribs before, there is a fatty membrane that can either be cut or peeled away. The easiest way to remove the membrane is to insert a gloved finger between the membrane and the ribs and peel it off.

Tuscan-Style Spareribs prepared with roasted vegetables

The reason to remove this membrane is two-fold. First, it keeps the bottom side of the ribs from absorbing any flavor and secondly and maybe even more importantly, if left on, the membrane will become what feels like an unpleasant leathery skin on the bottom of your ribs that no one will want to eat.

The best way to ensure that your ribs come out of the oven tasting amazing is to not skimp on the seasoning. I know it can be a little messy to apply, so do not feel bad about wearing gloves if you want to. Be sure to be liberal with the application of the seasoning mix, as these spices will make your ribs have an amazing flavor profile that is 100% different than the sweet BBQ sauce experience most rib eaters have come to expect.

Finally, a note on side dishes to serve with these ribs. I recommend sticking to roasted or grilled vegetables and or a salad featuring figs and citrus. If you feel like your family will want a starch, then I suggest roasted potatoes as well. They can be prepared with the vegetables or separately.

Tuscan-Style Spareribs and Balsamic Glaze Recipe

Serves 4-6 | Finish in 2 hours 30 minutes

Tender slow-roasted Pork Ribs seasoned with an array of Litehouse® herbs and drizzled with balsamic reduction.


  • 1 full rack Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Litehouse® Italian Herb Blend
  • 2 tbsp. Fennel Seeds
  • 2 tbsp. Litehouse® Freeze Dried Thyme
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp. Allspice
  • 2 tbsp. Balsamic Reduction
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Minced Italian Parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 275° F.
  2. Pat pork ribs dry with a paper towel and place on a cutting board meat side down. Slowly work your way under the membrane of the ribs, removing as much as you can.
  3. Place ribs meat side up and rub with olive oil. In a separate bowl, mix all the herbs together except the parsley. Sprinkle the herbs over the rack of ribs coating the entire surface.
  4. Place ribs onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil meat side up and place in the oven for 2 hours. 
  5. Ribs are finished when meat peels back exposing some of the bone underneath. Let ribs rest 5 minutes and slice into 2 bone portions. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and garnish with chopped parsley.

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