Sticky Asian Pork Ribs in the Oven

Welcome to the flavorful world of Sticky Asian Ribs! These mouthwatering ribs are slow-cooked to perfection in the oven and finished with a sweet and sticky glaze that will leave you craving more. Let’s dive in and discover why this recipe is a game-changer for pork ribs lovers.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Sticky: The ribs are coated with brown sugar and glazed with a brown sugar honey mixture, resulting in a caramelized, sticky goodness that enhances the ribs’ flavor.
  • Sweet: The combination of brown sugar and honey gives these ribs a delightful sweetness that perfectly complements the pork.
  • Tender: Slow cooking these ribs at a low temperature allows the collagen and connective tissues to break down, resulting in tender and succulent meat that melts in your mouth.
  • No marinating: Skip the marinating step! The spice rub and sticky glaze provide all the flavor you need.
  • Multiple cooking methods: Whether you prefer using the slow cooker or the oven, you can achieve amazing results with either method. Just don’t forget to broil the ribs at the end for that perfect finishing touch.
  • Perfect for summer: These ribs make a fantastic addition to your summer gatherings. The recipe can be easily doubled to accommodate larger parties, and even picky eaters won’t be able to resist their delectable flavor.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Dry Rub

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Glaze

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  • Kosher Salt: For the best flavor, we recommend using Morton kosher salt.
  • Chinese Five Spice & White Pepper: These spices, commonly used in Asian cooking, add a unique and aromatic flavor to the ribs.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Add a touch of heat to your ribs. Adjust the quantity to your preferred level of spiciness.
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For the complete list of ingredients and their amounts, refer to the recipe card below.

How to Make Sticky Asian Ribs

Quick Overview

  1. Coat the ribs in the dry rub.
  2. Wrap the ribs in aluminum foil and bake.
  3. Prepare the glaze.
  4. Brush the ribs with the glaze.
  5. Broil until lightly charred.
  6. Slice and serve.

Step-by-step instructions and a visual guide are provided below.

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Step 1: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Remove the silver skin or membrane from the back of the ribs. Pat the ribs dry, then coat them with the spice rub.

Step 2: Wrap the ribs tightly in aluminum foil and place them on a baking sheet. Bake according to the recommended times for your choice of ribs.

Step 3: While the ribs are baking, prepare the glaze by sautéing garlic and ginger in sesame oil. Add the remaining ingredients and reduce the mixture until thickened.

Step 4: Unwrap the ribs and generously brush them with the glaze.

Step 5: Broil the ribs on high for 2-3 minutes or until lightly charred.

Step 6: Slice the ribs into individual portions and serve with extra sauce.

Recipe Serving Suggestions

Garnish the ribs with sesame seeds and sliced green onions for added flavor and visual appeal. You can also serve them with extra Asian rib sauce for dipping. For a complete meal, pair these Sticky Asian Ribs with Instant Pot Basmati Rice and Spicy Cucumber Salad. The rice perfectly absorbs the delicious sauce, while the crisp cucumbers add a refreshing crunch to your plate.

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Expert Tips & Variations

  • Wrap the ribs: This helps build up steam, resulting in tender and juicy ribs.
  • Cook them low & slow: Slow cooking at 275 degrees ensures the best results.
  • Reduce the glaze: Thicken the glaze by reducing it to a syrupy consistency, allowing the sugars to melt and create a sticky sauce.
  • Broil for perfection: Broiling adds a touch of char and caramelization to the ribs, enhancing their flavor.

Additions & Variations

  • Slow Cooker: Follow the instructions until Step 1, then add a splash of water to the slow cooker and place the wrapped ribs inside. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Leftovers: Don’t let leftover rib meat go to waste! Use it in tacos, sandwiches, or fried rice for a delicious next-day meal.

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We hope you enjoy this Sticky Asian Pork Ribs recipe as much as we do! For more mouthwatering main dish recipes and other culinary adventures, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Happy cooking!