Asian BBQ Spareribs


Definitely another recipe worthy of a place on your SuperBowl buffet table! Recipe #11 in our Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration series can be grilled outside or broiled in your oven. I added crushed chili peppers for a little kick.


  • 2 lbs pork spare ribs or baby back ribs
  • 2 tbs hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tsp five spice powder
  • 3 tbs sesame oil
  • 2 tbs sambal oelek (or crushed chili pepper)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbs  honey


  1. Cut ribs in serving pieces, one or two ribs per cut. Wash and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Mix the rest of the  ingredients in a bowl.  This will yield a wet mixture, not saucy. Rub onto the ribs and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat oven at 400F.  Place ribs in a baking dish in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes covered with foil.
  4. When ribs are partialy cooked, remove the cover and broil for 15 minutes on each side until brown and seared.
  5. Serve with side dish of your choice.

Note:  It is not necessary to cut the ribs in serving pieces before grilling or broiling.  If using the outside grill, heat grill on high. Grill each side for 5 minutes to sear. Turn the grill down to low. Close the grill and cook ribs  for 30 minutes each side.

The length of time it will take for your ribs to cook will depend on the kind of ribs you use and your oven.  The above times are for my oven.  Adjust the cooking time according to your oven.  If not sure, check the doneness every 10 minutes.

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» Jude said: { Feb 7, 2009 - 01:02 }

That closeup photo is killing me. So perfectly cooked. Wish I could try a rib or two.

» virtual chef said: { Feb 7, 2009 - 04:02 }

These two were the only ones left before I could take a decent photo! :)

» Chuck said: { Feb 7, 2009 - 09:02 }

Those are killer ribs. I could eat a dozen at least. I’m already licking my lips.

» Kitarra said: { Feb 7, 2009 - 10:02 }

I love the look of these Asian ribs. The sauce/spice mixture looks out of this world. I have totally saved them off to try later!

» Tita Olive said: { Feb 9, 2009 - 04:02 }

Looks like it’s perfectly done. I’ll do this for sure!

» iska said: { Mar 9, 2009 - 04:03 }

YUM! I like spareribs or anything na mabuto… finger-licking good!

» Cedarglen said: { Mar 14, 2009 - 06:03 }

Wow! I made these – over the last two days – for a snack event earlier today. I used Baby Ribs, sawed 1/3 wide for finger food. Added a bit more garlic and sesame oil (just for my own taste) and substituted Real Maple syrup for 1/3 of the honey. Everything else was +/- the same. I mean to tell you, these little buggers are DARN GOOD! I got only a few as my guests gobbled up 6# in short order. This is one of the few times that I’ve served a new recipe without first trying it on myself; I got lucky and this is a keeper.
One TIP: Watch the cooking time and it varies per rib size; do NOT OVER COOK! Soft and tender is just fine and they do not have tobe cooked until the sauce is thick. Easy does it!
Yummy. 4.9 stars for the basic recipe and 5.0 for a bit less cooking. A KEEPER.

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