Chinese Barbecue Spareribs - Honey Garlic Spareribs

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  • 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs 15 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8

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)

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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 degrees Fahrenheit. 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 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove and cool briefly before serving.

*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.

Chinese Recipes Index

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 599
Total Fat 29 g
Saturated Fat 11 g
Unsaturated Fat 13 g
Cholesterol 188 mg
Sodium 562 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 53 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)