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Chinese BBQ Spareribs garnished with green onions

Chinese BBQ Spareribs

Easier than you think to make, these Chinese BBQ Spareribs are a MUST TRY for any food lover! Tender, melt in your mouth, sticky and sweet, it is a rib lover's delight!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Overnight Marinating 20 hrs
Total Time 1 d 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3 people


  • 3.5-4 lbs Pork Spareribs
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Chinese 5 Spice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2-1 ts red food coloring optional but nice to use to give your ribs a reddish color

Extra Basting Ingredients for Basting Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 ts Chinese 5 Spice
  • Juices that result from baking the ribs


  • Rinse and pat dry the pork spareribs. Remove the membrane if you like.
    Chinese Barbecue Spareribs
  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl (hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, 5 Spice, rice vinegar, garlic, red food coloring (if using) and brown sugar.
    Rack of pork spareribs and marinade ingredients in a white bowl
  • Place the pork spareribs, along with the marinade, in a large plastic sealable bag. Marinade overnight.
    Pork spareribs and marinade in a plastic sealed bag
  • The next day, pour off the marinade and preheat the oven to 275F. Wrap the ribs tightly in foil and bake low and slow for 4 hrs.
    ribs wrapped in foil and ribs on the side along with marinade in a small white bowl
  • Remove from the oven after 4 hrs. Pour off the juices (that result from baking the pork) into a small saucepan and add the Extra Basting Ingredients for Basting Sauce. Bring to the boil, and boil down until you get a reduced thick and glossy sauce. It took me approximately 10 minutes.
    glaze for basting chinese barbecue spareribs
  • Turn your oven to med-high to high broil. In the meantime, baste the pork ribs with the glossy marinade. Baste liberally!
    Pork spareribs with a glaze on some foil
  • Place under the broiler, and broil. Check every few minutes...I recommend every 3 minutes or so remove, baste with some more marinade and continue broiling!
    Chinese BBQ Spareribs
  • You'll finish broiling and basting (approximately 10 minutes or so!) when you get a lovely charred and sticky look something like this!
    Chinese BBQ Spareribs, rice and sauteed greens on a white plate
  • Cut into individual ribs, then garnish wish sesame seeds and sliced scallions!
    Chinese BBQ Spareribs garnished with green onions


Ms. Sheraton recommends to serve this with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and/or Chinese mustard!  I'm telling you...this is HEAVEN!  CHEERS!
Keyword barbecue ribs, chinese style ribs, pork ribs, ribs