Bring on the New Year’s Eve Appetizers

We’ve been making these small, glazed sticky/sweet ribs for a very long time and no one ever gets tired of them. And for a special night like New Year’s Eve, they’re ideal. 

Sam the Cooking Guy

New Year’s Eve Honey Garlic Spare Ribs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Yield: Serves 10-15 as an appetizer

New Year’s Eve Honey Garlic Spare Ribs


4-5 pounds pork spareribs, 2 racks

2 Tablespoons garlic powder

3/4 cup honey

2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

3/4 cup soy sauce

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 cup diced green onion

1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut racks into individual ribs and season with garlic powder and arrange in a 13x9 inch baking dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for one hour, or until tender.
  3. Combine honey, cider vinegar, soy and garlic in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove ribs from oven and drain well – be careful, there will be lots of steam under the foil.Pour honey mixture over spareribs and make sure all ribs get coated.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for another hour, basting well about every 10 minutes. Remove from oven, plate and garnish with the green onions and sesame seeds.
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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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Virginia December 31, 2013 at 8:26 am

I’ve been looking for an easy, tasty rib recipe. This sounds like the one for me. Will try it soon. Thanks


Above & Beyond January 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

We’re so happy we’ve inspired you to try out our spare ribs recipe, Virginia! Let us know how it goes.


Rico January 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Awwww…no squirrel spareribs?!


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