Chinese-Style Grilled Pork Ribs

BBQ ribs

Regarding BBQ 

  • Total: 48 mins
  • Prep: 18 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
285 Calories
14g Fat
26g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 6
Amount per serving
Calories 285
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 1463mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 15g
Calcium 100mg 8%
*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.)

This Chinese-style pork rib recipe utilizes the deep flavors of hoisin and five spice powder, coupled with the saltiness of soy sauce and a light, sweet flavor of honey. Baby back ribs are perfect, since they are smaller, packed with meat, and provide a better presentation. If you use larger pork ribs, you will need to adjust the cooking time and may need more of the marinade, but the basic instructions and recipe would be the same.

Consider giving these delicious ribs a try the next time you have a cookout. It's a nice break from American-style barbecue and you can pair the ribs with rice and Asian-inspired vegetable side dishes.


  • For the Ribs:
  • 2 racks baby back ribs (trimmed and cut into individual ribs)
  • Garnish: 5 green onions (finely chopped)
  • Garnish: 2 to 3 tablespoons (30-45 milliliters) toasted sesame seeds
  • For the Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (minced)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Trim the excess fat from the ribs and remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. Cut the ribs into individual ribs.

  2. Combine the marinade ingredients (soy sauce, dry sherry, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, honey, minced garlic, minced ginger, cider vinegar, sesame oil, chili paste, Chinese five spice powder, and white pepper). Reserve about a quarter cup of the marinade to use for basting, keeping it separate from the rest, which you will use for marinating.

  3. Place the ribs into a resealable plastic bag. You might need to use two or more bags for this. Pour the marinade over ribs, making sure they are well coated. Seal the bags and place the bags into a refrigerator. Marinate the ribs for 1 to 4 hours.

  4. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Remove the ribs from the bags and discard the marinade that has been in contact with the raw meat.

  5. Cook the ribs for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F. Baste with reserved marinade 2 to 3 times throughout the cooking process. Make sure to stop basting at least 5 to 8 minutes before ribs are finished cooking.

  6. Remove the ribs from the grill and place them onto a large platter. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onion for a garnish.

Grilled side dishes to accompany Chinese-style pork ribs include grilled broccoli with hoisin sauceAsian grilled corn on the cob with a garlic and soy glaze, or vegetable packets on the grill. You can also serve the ribs with Chinese cole slaw, steamed rice, fried rice, or hot or cold noodles.