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Chinese Spare Rib Recipe

chinese spare rib recipe
Tasty Chinese spare rib recipe for pork ribs with honey, garlic, and a homemade Chinese five-spice powder topped-off with a basting of beer, ginger beer, or apple juice depending on your preference. Try it and tell us what you think at the bottom of this page.

Chinese Spare Rib Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar


  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Homemade Chinese Five Spice Seasoning :
    1/4 teaspoon ground anise
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
    1/8 teaspoon ground fennel

    If you don't have these spices on-hand then we recommend using the Frontier-brand Chinese Five Spice Powder.
  • 2 pounds pork short spareribs


  • Ginger beer (beer, apple juice, water)


  • 1 grill-safe drip pan


  • Instructions for Chinese Spare Rib Recipe

    1. Remove membrane, cut-off excess fat (reserve), trim the end points, and cut into serving-size pieces.

    Grilling Tip:
    Reserve the excess fat you cut-off and place it on top of the ribs during the grilling process. This will add to the overall flavor and tenderness of the spare ribs of pork.

    2. In a large resealable plastic bag, add the soy sauce, white wine vinegar, sesame oil, honey, minced garlic, ginger, and Chinese five spice seasonings. Squish it around to combine all the flavors.

    3. Add the spare ribs. Squeeze out excess air, seal, and marinate 6 - 12 hours in the refrigerator. Turn bag occasionally.

    4. Remove ribs from marinade, shake off excess, and pour left over marinade into a grill-safe drip pan. Stir in enough beer or apple juice to fill the drip-pan 1-inch full.

    5. Preheat the grill as follows:

    Gas:
    Indirect, medium-heat
    (325 - 350 degrees F)
    Grill-safe drip pan placed anywhere inside grill

    Charcoal:
    Indirect heat, medium ash, grate should be on medium setting
    Split charcoal bed (about 24 coals per side)
    20 replacement coals (pre-burn in charcoal burner before using)
    Heavy-duty drip pan placed between the banks of coals

    Wood:
    Indirect heat, medium ash, 3 inches deep, grate should be 4 inches above the fire
    Grill-safe drip pan placed anywhere inside grill

    6. Clean and liberally oil your preheated grill.

    7. Barbeque Chinese spare ribs over indirect heat. (Did you reserve the excess fat you cut-off? Yes, then place it on top of the ribs).

    Grilling Tip:
    Temperature is extremely important when it comes to grilling ribs on the barbeque. Don't guess, use a thermometer. You want to keep the temperature as constant as possible, between 325 - 350 degrees F.

    You can maintain the right temperature by checking your grill thermometer frequently, adding charcoal as necessary, and adjusting the grill vents accordingly: opening them up will increase cooking temperature while closing them decreases it.

    When adding coal, NEVER use unburned coal! Always pre-burn them first in a charcoal chimney.

    8. Continue grilling Chinese spare ribs with the grill covered for about 1 hour. Halfway-through, baste them with the liquid in the drip-pan. They are done when and instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ribs registers about 155 degrees F.

    9. During the last 10 minutes of grilling, barbeque the ribs over direct heat. Turn frequently and baste with liquid from the drip pan. This will caramelize the sauce and add some nice charring to the rib-edges.

    Check-out our grilled vegetable recipes for ideas on what to serve along-side these tasty spare ribs.


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