Asian Pork Riblets: A Sticky and Flavorful Delight!

Have you been craving mouthwatering pork riblets but don’t have access to a barbecue? Look no further! This Sticky Pork Riblets recipe is here to satisfy your cravings without the need for a braai or bbq. Prepared in a large pot on the stove, these riblets are simmered in a delectable sweet sticky sauce that will leave you wanting more.

Imagine biting into gloriously sticky ribs that are saucy, finger-licking good, and simply irresistible. While living in Port Elizabeth, we discovered a local restaurant that served the most delicious ribs. However, since our move to NZ, we haven’t found ribs that quite hit the mark. Determined to recreate that saucy and sticky goodness, we decided to make our own riblets.

Cooking these riblets in a pot on the stove has proven to be incredibly easy and convenient. With unpredictable weather in Queenstown, this alternative cooking method is a welcomed solution. You can even prepare the riblets in the morning and cook them when you’re ready. Serve them alongside our Crunchy Noodle and Cabbage Slaw or Roasted Beetroot, Feta, and Rocket Salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

Why You Should Try This Recipe

If the simplicity of cooking these riblets on the stovetop hasn’t convinced you yet, let us share a few more reasons why you should give this recipe a go:

  • The sauce is easy to make and doesn’t require fancy ingredients. You can add as much or as little as you like to suit your taste preferences.
  • No need to wait for good weather to enjoy these ribs. They can be made any time, rain or shine.
  • The Chinese 5 spice in the sauce adds a touch of complexity and elevates the overall flavor.
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Feel free to substitute the brown sugar with honey if that’s your preference. Now, let’s dive into the cooking process and discover how to make these Sticky Pork Riblets.

How to Make Sticky Pork Riblets

Sticky Rib Ingredients
Sticky Pork Riblets Ingredients

  1. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Once the oil starts to simmer, add the ginger and fry it until crispy-looking, stirring continuously for approximately one minute.
    Fried Ginger
    Fried Ginger

  2. Add the pork riblets and stir until they are slightly browned. If you have a large quantity of riblets, cook them in batches to ensure even browning. Be careful not to fully cook them at this stage.
    Raw Pork Riblets
    Pork Riblets

  3. Add the garlic with the last batch of riblets and cook it without burning. Then, add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar (or honey), Chinese 5 Spice, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until the riblets are well coated. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low, allowing the riblets to simmer until tender. The cooking time may vary depending on the quantity of riblets and the heat of your stovetop. To ensure an even sauce coating, stir every 15 minutes.

  4. Once the riblets are tender, remove the lid and increase the heat to medium. You will notice a fair amount of liquid in the pot. Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, leaving a dark and sticky glaze, which takes about 10-15 minutes. At this point, you can adjust the sauciness by adding more ingredients if desired. However, it’s crucial to let most of the liquid evaporate before making any additions.
    Cooked Sticky Pork Riblets
    Sticky Pork Riblets

Serve the Sticky Pork Riblets immediately with your choice of side dish, and get ready to indulge in a truly delightful meal.

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These Asian-inspired Sticky Pork Riblets are sweet, sticky, and cooked to perfection in under one hour! Please keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the number of riblets you’re preparing. So gather your ingredients, fire up the stove, and let’s get cooking.

Until next time!

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That’s it! Enjoy your tasty Asian Pork Riblets and visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more delicious BBQ recipes and inspiration.