Chinese Barbecue Spareribs - Honey Garlic Spareribs

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Prep: 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
599 Calories
29g Fat
30g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 599
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 562mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 53g
Calcium 81mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Honey and garlic make an interesting flavor combination. This recipe for honey garlic spareribs serves 6 - 8

(Note: The preparation time includes marinating time for the spareribs)


  • 3 1/2 pounds Boston pork butt and/or spareribs
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey, or 2 tablespoons honey dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • For the Honey Coating:
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey, or 2 tablespoons honey dissolved in 4 tablespoons water

Steps to Make It

  1. If using pork butt, cut into 3/4-inch lengthwise strips, trimming off part of the fat. For the spareribs, leave in big flat pieces and cut into individual ribs after cooking.

  2. Place the pork butt or spareribs in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients.

  3. Add the mixture to the meat and marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 2 hours. Turn occasionally to make sure the meat is completely coated.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 1 or 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil. Place a rack on the cookie sheet and place the pork on the rack. Roast the pork for 30 minutes.

  5. Brush with the honey and water mixture, turn over and brush the other side, and then roast for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until the ribs just begin shrinking and the internal temperature reaches 160 F. Remove and cool briefly before serving.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.

*If the pork isn't cooking quickly enough, you can broil the meat for about 5 minutes before turning them over.


For a more garlicky flavor, add extra garlic when brushing the pork with honey. If you need a substitute for honey, try using brown sugar.

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