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Chinese Barbecued Spare Ribs Recipe

Updated on March 16, 2012
Chinese BBQ Spareribs
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Tender, juicy, and fall off the bone bbq spareribs coated with sweet and flavored sauce. This the best appetizer at Chinese restaurants. It can be served as appetizer, finger foods, or enjoy it with steamed rice.

Here is how to make easy Chinese style barbecued spareribs. The ribs are marinated in Chinese bbq sauce (hoisin sauce), ketchup, garlic, rice wine, brown bean sauce and flavored with five spice powder. The ribs can be cooked over charcoal fire or in the oven. This recipe is simply omit any red food coloring.

There are countless recipes for Chinese barbecued spareribs but this is a good one. The ingredients are available for purchase at Chinese supermarket or online store. The cooking process is very simple. There is nothing fancy at all. There is no good reason to get Chinese bbq spareribs from restaurants if you can make the best one at home.

What You Need

Serves 4 - 6


2 lbs spareribs

1/2 cup ketchup

3 tbsp hoisin sauce

1 tbsp Chinese rice wine

4 tbsp brown sugar

4 tbsp dark soy sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp Chinese bean sauce

1 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp five spice powder

How to Fix

  • To make marinade: in a saucepan combine ketchup, hoisin sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, dark soy sauce, salt, bean sauce, five spice powder and minced garlic.
  • Heat the marinade over low heat to dissolve the sugar. Turn off the heat and set side to cool.
  • Trim any excess fat from ribs and remove the membranes.
  • Place ribs in a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over ribs. Marinade the ribs for about 6 hours. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Heat oven to 375 F. Place ribs in the roasting pan and roast it in the sauce for 30 minutes. Occasionally turn the ribs and brush with sauce.
  • Lower the temperature to 300 F and cook for 30 - 45 minutes more or until the ribs are tender.
  • Before serving, cut between each rib to separate.

Chinese Barbecued Spareribs


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