Molasses Barbecued Ribs

“This is one of the entire family’s very favorite recipes. My son, Scott, will eat any leftovers for breakfast, but if he was there in the first place, there wouldn’t have been any leftovers! When my husband, Bob, and I divorced, the only thing he wanted was this recipe. And I wouldn’t give it to him.” – Jean Hansen

“Best ribs ever. The revised recipe came from when Mom lost the original and tried to recreate it from memory.” – Calla Ferre

“These ribs come out so moist and tender. It’s really best when marinated overnight. I’ve never met a person who didn’t go crazy over these.” – April Ferre

Molasses Barbecued Ribs

Course: Main Courses – Beef, Main Courses – Pork


  • 3 Pounds Spareribs Cut Into Serving Pieces
  • 1/4 Cup Prepared Mustard
  • 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Tabasco Sauce


  • Place ribs in shallow baking pan. Combine ingredients and pour over ribs. Chill for 3 or more hours.
  • Spoon sauce over ribs. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) about 1 1/2 hours or until tender and well done, basting occasionally. Turn once during baking. Garnish with lemon wedges. Makes 3 to 4 servings.
  • Revised Recipe: Use 1 Tablespoon Vinegar, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce, and 1 Teaspoon Tabasco Sauce.

1948 Recipe – Jean Hansen – From Better Homes and Gardens Magazine