There are hundred of versions of these sweet, sticky ribs. Too often they're preposterously cloying with little pork flavor. This recipe suffers none of that, its nuanced character derived from the melding of ginger, lemongrass, and chile in the braising liquid and the subtly spiced hoisin glaze. Despite the ribs' refined taste, they're properly messy, perfect with beer -- and invariably met with demands for more.

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Ingredients

For the Ribs
For the Glaze

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Make the ribs: Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ribs, working in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer ribs to a plate, leaving drippings in pot.

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  • Reduce heat to medium, and add ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and chile. Cook until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add tamari or soy sauce, water, sugar, salt, and ribs. Cover, and gently simmer until ribs are tender, about 1 hour.

  • Make the glaze: Combine hoisin, garlic, tamari or soy sauce, honey, five-spice powder, chile, orange zest, and vinegar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Preheat broiler. Remove ribs from liquid, and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Brush glaze all over ribs, and broil until glaze starts to bubble, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, and brush with more glaze before serving.

Reviews (1)

24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: Unrated
01/25/2011
I'm very picky about bbq sauces, and rarely like them. These ribs were delicious, but the Asian flavors weren't as pronounced as I expected them to be. The glaze was very bbq sauce-like, but very different at the same time. I'll definitely make them again.