Takeout-Style Chinese Spare Ribs

Total Time:
6 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
3 hr
Cook:
3 hr

Yield:
20 to 24 ribs
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus a bit extra to finish
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 2 racks spare ribs (8 to 10 pounds, St. Louis-style work best), individually sliced into single ribs
Directions
  • Mix together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, five-spice powder, garlic, ginger and food coloring in a metal, non-reactive bowl. Pour the marinade into a large zip-top bag, reserving 1/2 cup on the side for basting later. Add the ribs to the bag and marinate, refrigerated, for at least 3 hours, though longer is better and overnight is ideal.

  • Heat a charcoal or gas grill to 275 degrees F for direct and indirect grilling.

  • Remove the ribs from the marinade (discard the marinade) and place onto a wire rack. Place the rack directly on the cooler side of the grill. Cook until the meat is very tender, basting with the reserved marinade 3 times during the cooking process, 2 to 3 hours.

  • Drizzle the ribs with honey, move them to the direct heat side and quickly char each rib to caramelize.


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