Hoisin-Glazed Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs

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Ratings (8)
  • Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 12 ribs (2-4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
283 Calories
9g Fat
40g Carbs
10g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Hoisin sauce, sometimes called Chinese barbecue sauce, gives this barbecue ribs recipe a wonderfully exotic flavor and brilliant color. Hoisin sauce is easy to find in the Asian section of any large market. This barbecue pork ribs recipe could be easily adapted for beef and chicken with delicious results.


  • 1 full rack pork spare ribs
  • For the Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon hot Asian-style chili sauce
  • For the Rub:
  • 1 tablespoon salt (kosher)
  • 1/2 teaspoon 5-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar (seasoned)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut rack of ribs in half and place in large sealable freezer bag.

  2. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl and pour over the ribs. Marinade for at least 8 hours, or overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

  4. Remove ribs from bag and pat dry with paper towels.

  5. Mix together and apply the dry rub all over both sides of the ribs.

  6. Roast in oven at 300 degrees for one hour.

  7. Mix all the glaze ingredients in small bowl. After 1 hour, baste the ribs with a brush on both sides and return to the oven. Repeat this basting every 20 minutes for another 3 1/2 hours to build up a nice thick, shiny glaze.

  8. Remove when meat is tender, and cut into serving sizes.