Chinese BBQ Ribs

Delicious, tender, and finger-licking good, Chinese BBQ ribs are the perfect way to add some excitement to your holiday meals and special occasions. These ribs are a delightful combination of sweet and savory flavors that will leave you craving for more. Plus, they make excellent leftovers if you’re lucky enough to have any!

Slow roast BBQ ribs

When it comes to Chinese food, one of the most beloved options is Char siu pork, or Chinese BBQ pork. This classic dim sum dish features tender meat coated in a sticky glaze that is both sweet and savory. The inspiration for this recipe comes from char siu pork, but with a twist. Instead of using pork loin, we’ll be using pork ribs and a honey BBQ sauce, giving the dish a festive touch. These Chinese BBQ ribs are perfect as an appetizer or as the centerpiece for a holiday gathering!

Why this recipe

If you’ve tried my char siu pork recipe before, you’ll notice a difference between that and these Chinese BBQ ribs. The main difference is that ribs don’t require maltose, a specialty ingredient used to achieve the sticky glaze on char siu pork. Instead, we’ll be using honey in this recipe, which creates a wonderful glossy glaze that you’ll love licking off your fingers. The ribs have a good amount of marbling, resulting in a moist and tender result. The meat closer to the bones is especially flavorful. Once roasted, the meat is so tender that it practically falls off the bones when you try to cut it.

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Although the slow roasting process takes time, the recipe itself is super easy to put together. With this recipe, you’ll be able to recreate your favorite Chinese restaurant dish right at home, and it will taste even better than takeout!

Chinese BBQ ribs with sauce


To make Chinese BBQ ribs, all you need is a rack of ribs, a spice mix, and a BBQ sauce. When choosing the ribs, look for a piece that is well marbled with an evenly distributed meat layer. St. Louis ribs, baby back ribs, or spare ribs will all work well for this recipe.

The rest of the ingredients are common and should be readily available at your local grocery store.

Ingredients for making Chinese BBQ ribs

How to make Chinese BBQ ribs

This recipe involves low-temperature slow roasting followed by a higher temperature roasting to achieve the glossy glaze. No marinating is required, yet you’ll end up with the most flavorful ribs ever!

  1. Mix the BBQ sauce.
  2. Optional: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for a better mouthfeel.
  3. Coat both sides of the ribs with the dry rub.
  4. Brush a thin layer of the BBQ sauce onto the ribs.
  5. Carefully wrap the ribs in foil, ensuring all sides are sealed.
  6. Roast at a low temperature until the ribs are tender.
  7. Brush the ribs with the sauce again.
  8. Roast at a higher temperature to create a sticky glaze.
  9. Rest the ribs for 10 minutes before serving. You can further glaze them with the rest of the sauce if desired.

Once roasted, the outer layer of the ribs will have a slightly firm and sticky shiny glaze, while the inside will be incredibly tender. You won’t even need a knife to cut through them!

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How to make Chinese BBQ ribs step-by-step
Chinese BBQ ribs close-up


This holiday season, let pork transport you and your family to a new cultural experience, even without traveling. Pork is a simple and delicious pleasure that can bring people together. These Chinese BBQ ribs will melt in your mouth with their sticky texture and tender meat flavor, creating a moment of connection and pure enjoyment. Start a new holiday tradition by indulging in Chinese BBQ ribs!

Glazy BBQ ribs

Sides to serve with Chinese BBQ ribs

  • Chinese Pickled Cabbage (A Quick Pickle Recipe)
  • 4-Ingredient Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry
  • Cabbage Glass Noodles Stir Fry
  • Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce (蚝油芥蓝, Gai Lan)
  • Chinese Zucchini Stir Fry
  • Soy Sauce Fried Rice (酱油炒饭)
  • Real Deal Sesame Noodles

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and share a picture by tagging us on Instagram @omnivorescookbook. We’d love to see what you come up with!

Other delicious pork recipes

  • Honey Garlic Pork Chops
  • Gua Bao (Taiwanese Pork Belly Buns, 割包)
  • Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanses Pork Rice Bowl)
  • Baked BBQ Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao)
  • Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

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