My lips are smacking just looking at this picture. My mother would make this recipe about once a month in the summer and it seemed to turn out perfect every time. It comes from her original Betty Crocker cookbook she got for a wedding gift almost 50 years ago.
Place 3 pounds spare or loin ribs cut into serving size pieces in shallow baking pan. Do not cover. Do not add water. On each rib place 1/2 cup onion chopped and 1 slice lemon (optional) We substituted a squirt of lemon juice on each rib.
Bake in hot oven (450) about 30 minutes. Pour Texas BBQ sauce (below) over ribs. Continue baking in 350 oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Baste with sauce every 15 minutes. If sauce thickens, add a little hot water. To prevent ribs from browning too much, cover last 30 minutes of baking.
Texas BBQ Sauce: Mix in saucepan 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon paprika, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. dry mustard, 1/4 tsp. chili powder, 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 cup tomato juice, 1/4 cup catsup, 1/2 cup water. Simmer 15 minuets or until slightly thickened.