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Asian Flavor Baby Back Ribs

Updated on August 18, 2015
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Paul is a barbecue enthusiast. He is currently grilling and smoking on a Komodo Kamado Ultimate 23.

Asian Flavor Baby Back Ribs

5 stars from 2 ratings of Asian Flavor Baby Back Ribs

Incredible Baby Back Ribs with a Distinct Asian Flavor

I love the smoked flavor of baby back ribs. Couple that with an incredible asian flavor and you have barbecue magic. This flavor is part Vietnamese and Korean. It's spicy, sweet and savory. All three tastes are balanced and brought forward from the ten hour marinading period, followed by two hours of smoking. No BBQ sauce needed. Delicious!

Asian Flavor Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

  • 4 Racks Baby Back Ribs, A rack typically has 10 to 13 ribs when cut
  • 4 Stalks Lemon Grass, Trimmed and peeled to the soft portion
  • 4 - 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 2 inch piece Fresh Ginger
  • 4 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1 cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 3 tbs Sugar
  • 2 tsp Coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/3+ cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Shallots
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, Sprinkled on before serving
  • 3/4 cup Crushed Peanuts, Sprinkled on before serving

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 12 hours
Ready in: 12 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves six to eight adults
Baby back ribs in marinade
Baby back ribs in marinade

Asian Flavor Marinade Instructions

Take the entire list of fresh ingredients and chop them up finely. The lemongrass is a little tricky. Peel the thick out parts and trim the edges and then chop it up into 1/16 of an inch little discs.

Alternatively, if you have a high power blender (Vitamix, Blend-Tec), you can cut the fresh ingredients into chunks and then on a low power pulse, turn it into a thick salsa like consistency and then mix in the wet ingredients.

Once the marinade is prepared, pull the membrane off the back of the ribs. I do this by pulling the skin up with a kitchen knife starting with one of the bones on the end and then pulling the membrane off in one piece (If I can).

Place the ribs in a pan or liquid safe brining bad and work the marinade into the ribs. Place the ribs in the refrigerator for ten hours. They should be flipped and the marinade worked into the ribs about every 2.5 hours.

Grill setup with indirect heat
Grill setup with indirect heat

Setting the Grill Up and Smoking the Ribs

I set the grill up for indirect heat. I light the charcoal and then using a spade or a hoe, I create two banks of charcoal and place an aluminum pan in the middle.

I place my rib rack over the top of the pan, and open the top vents on the weber charcoal grill. I close the bottom vents to keep the heat in the 250 to 300 (tops) degree range.

I smoke the ribs for 1 hour and then I rearrange them in the rack, flipping them over to the other side and smoke them for another hours. Total time smoking is two hours.

Lastly, I put them over direct heat to get them a little crisp. I do each side for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Asian Dipping Sauce and Serving

This sauce is magic. First, I cut the ribs and then sprinkle the peanuts and fresh cilantro over the top. Then I serve each person a small bowl of the dipping sauce.

Asian Flavor Dipping Sauce

  • 2 carrots - Shaved or sliced into one inch thin strips
  • 6 tbs sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup warm water (helps dissolve sugar)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 2 serrano or jalapeno peppers seeded and thinly sliced into shards
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

The trick to the sauce it to get that great balance of sweet, spicy, sour and salty. It's a beautiful combination of flavors. Taste the sauce and possibly add more lime juice if there isn't a nice balance of sour. If it's too spicy, add a bit more sugar.

Your guests will absolutely love this sauce!

Ribs sliced
Ribs sliced
Put on the final touches of the crushed peanuts and sliced cilantro
Put on the final touches of the crushed peanuts and sliced cilantro


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    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh, your ribs photos are so delicious, did you really grill them?

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This will definitely get into our rib night in the summer. I can already taste it.

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      4 years ago

      Yummy! This looks s0000 good! We are going to have try this. I would vote this up yummy but.. there is not button that so, voted up beautiful.

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      4 years ago from India

      Wow... This looks simply mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.

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      4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I will have to try this recipe. I love cilantro. I first tasted it about 20 years ago and fell in love with the stuff.

      @ Peg, don't let the weather stop you. I grill outdoors with a heavy jacket standing in 2 feet of snow. It tastes better that way. (Western Pennsylvania)

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      Paul Edmondson 

      4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I'm making them again this weekend.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      These sound so delicious and your instructions are easy to follow. I can't wait for warm weather to grill out again.

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      4 years ago from San Francisco, California

      That is impressive!


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