Sticky, sweet with a hint of saltiness, these Sticky Asian 5 Spice Ribs have it all! So pretty with their sesame seed and chive garnish! Yummy goodness that’s truly addictive.
Starting your ribs by cooking them in a flavorful water for 20 minutes means you can split the cooking process into two different days.
Making a quick broth of water, vinegar, bay leaves and whole peppercorns infuses the ribs with plenty of base flavors.
The ribs need to marinate at least 6-8 hours in the sauce anyway, so making them the day before makes sense. And that makes for a much easier prep the 2nd day, especially if you’re serving guests.
STICKY ASIAN 5 SPICE RIBS
Yes, as in most Asian dishes, this recipe has a number of ingredients. But once you create your mis en place (everything in place) of all the sauce ingredients, it comes together in just a few minutes.
The longest part of this recipe is waiting for the ribs to marinate in the crazy delicious 5 Spice sauce that turns into a sticky glaze after slowly baking away in the oven.
Plan to start your prep the day before serving, and you’ll be good to go!
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3 lbs. pork ribs
1/3 cup white or cider vinegar
2 tsp. kosher salt
3 bay leaves
2 tsp. black peppercorns
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 Tbs. honey
2 Tbs. hoisin sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 Tbs. garlic, minced
2 tsp. 5 spice blend
GARNISHES: Bias cut green onions and white sesame seeds
- Place a large pot filled half-way with water over high heat. Add vinegar, salt, bay leaves and peppercorns and stir to combine. Add ribs and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes. Drain and let cool.
- Combine the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine well.
- In a large plastic zipper storage bag, pour in the marinade and add the cooled ribs. Close tightly, place in refrigerator for 6-8 hours. Turn bag every 2 hours to mix ingredients with ribs.
- Remove ribs from bag and let excess marinade drip off. Place marinade in small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium-low and cook until reduced and thickened. Let cool.
- Cook the ribs on a grill over medium-low heat, turning once, for 12-15 minutes. Brush a thick coat of marinade on meat side of ribs and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until ribs are glazed and bubbly.
- Cut ribs into serving sized pieces, place on a platter and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
- Serve with reserved sauce.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 991Total Fat 73gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 33gCholesterol 238mgSodium 2424mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 2gSugar 30gProtein 51g
Calorie and fat counts will differ depending on specific ingredients used.