Take Out Style Chinese Spare Ribs (Take 2)

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Have you ever cooked something that actually tastes a lot better the next day? Well these Chinese restaurant takeout style spare ribs are a perfect case. A few months back, we posted a recipe for these ribs. We decided to post it again using the second half of the BBQ sauce that we’d saved from the last rib recipe. The flavors actually intensify over time and really meld together, so don’t worry about making too much! In fact, sometimes we’ll double the sauce recipe and just keep it around for later. It will keep for a few months in an airtight container in the fridge.

This time, we used baby back ribs because they’re a bit more tender. It’s all personal preference, of course, but we like these “fun size” spare ribs. They also marinate quicker. Rather than letting them sit overnight, leave them for 4-6 hours. Just add more sauce so that it’s more concentrated. At the Holiday Inn, when we would have a run on ribs, we would marinate them faster by packing on more sauce also. Just brush off some of the extra sauce before putting them in the oven.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe:

  • 5 cloves freshly minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced sweet pineapple
  • 1 star anise – ground in a mortar and pestle
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground bean sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree, or 1 tablespoon tomato paste mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • ½ tablespoon 5 spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed juice from a tangerine or orange
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • 2-3 racks baby back ribs

Stir together all the ingredients from the garlic to the paprika to make the BBQ sauce. In a zip-loc bag, add the ribs and half the sauce. Either marinate them overnight, or for 4-6 hours with a little extra sauce. Store the leftover sauce for later use.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a roasting pan lined with heavy duty foil for easy clean-up. Add about 2 cups of water to the pan so there is about a half inch of water. Place a roasting rack on top of the pan and place your spare ribs on the rack (rib side up) and place in your preheated oven.

Roast for 30 minutes. Flip the racks over and roast for another 45-60 minutes. Add water to the roasting pan as the water dries up during the roasting process. If you like, you can finish them with a couple minutes under the broiler.

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TAKEOUT STYLE CHINESE SPARE RIBS (TAKE 2)

Prep Time: 6 hours

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes

TAKEOUT STYLE CHINESE SPARE RIBS (TAKE 2)

Ingredients

5 cloves freshly minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced sweet pineapple
1 star anise – ground in a mortar and pestle
1 tablespoon salt
5 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon ground bean sauce
2 tablespoons tomato puree, or 1 tablespoon tomato paste mixed with 1 tablespoon water
5 tablespoons ketchup
½ tablespoon 5 spice powder
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed juice from a tangerine or orange
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
½ tablespoon paprika
2-3 racks baby back ribs

Stir together all the ingredients from the garlic to the paprika to make the BBQ sauce. In a zip-loc bag, add the ribs and half the sauce. Either marinate them overnight, or for 4-6 hours with a little extra sauce. Store the leftover sauce for later use.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a roasting pan lined with heavy duty foil for easy clean-up. Add about 2 cups of water to the pan so there is about a half inch of water. Place a roasting rack on top of the pan and place your spare ribs on the rack (rib side up) and place in your preheated oven.

Roast for 30 minutes. Flip the racks over and roast for another 45-60 minutes. Add water to the roasting pan as the water dries up during the roasting process. If you like, you can finish them with a couple minutes under the broiler.

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Comments

  1. Dan says

    I was thinking about making these at a Memorial Day barbeque. Any tips on how to grill these? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Dan,
      The best way to do these ribs on the grill is to cook them first in the oven at low heat, around 300 degrees for about an hour. You can do this the day before if you have a lot to do the day of the BBQ. Make sure you do put some water on the sheet pan at the bottom of the roasting pan so the ribs retain moisture. On the day of the BBQ, you can finish these on the grill and everyone will be impressed and ask how you got them so tender and soft!

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