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Saucy Chinese Five Spice Ribs

Chinese five spice ribs are sweet and spicy pork ribs, slow roasted to tender perfection. Slather them with Asian bbq sauce and dig in!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 544kcal
Author: Kevin

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ lbs baby back pork ribs (See Note 1)

Dry Rub

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

Mop Sauce

  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice

Instructions

  • In a bowl mix together the dry rub ingredients. Rub liberally on both sides of the rack of pork ribs.
  • Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray large enough to lay the rack of ribs on. Place the dry rubbed rack of ribs on the foil and fold up loosely and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight for maximum flavor penetration (completely covered).
  • In a food processor or blender process the pineapple, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, sugar, salt and Chinese Five Spice until smooth. This will be mopped on the ribs as they cook.

Grilling Low and Slow:

  • Preheat gas grill or smoker to 225°F. Add smoker chips per manufacturer's instructions if using. Set up the grill for indirect grilling (See Note 3).
  • Place the ribs, bone side down, in the center of the grate, cover the grill and cook the ribs for 30 minutes.
  • Brush both sides with mop sauce. Re-cover the grill and continue cooking the ribs for about 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours brushing with mop sauce every 15 minutes.
  • Brush with sauce, or not, and grill the ribs until the BBQ sauce is browned and bubbling, a couple minutes per side.
  • Remove from the grill and let the ribs rest for a few minutes, then cut the ribs.

Grilling if short on time:

  • Preheat gas grill or smoker to 325°F. Add smoker chips per manufacturer's instructions if using.
  • Place the ribs, bone side down, in the center of the grate, cover the grill and cook the ribs for 45 minutes.
  • Brush both sides with mop sauce. Re-cover the grill and continue cooking the ribs 45 minutes to 1 hour longer until well browned and tender (feel free to mop every 15 minutes). At this point they should be tender enough to pull apart with your fingers after 1 ½ hours total cook time.
  • Brush with sauce, or not, and grill the ribs until the BBQ sauce is browned and bubbling, a couple minutes per side.
  • Remove from the grill and let the ribs rest for a few minutes, then cut the ribs.

Notes

  1. This recipe works with spare ribs as well, but requires a longer cook time.

Nutrition

Sodium: 2702mg | Calcium: 134mg | Vitamin C: 21mg | Vitamin A: 68IU | Sugar: 19g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 606mg | Cholesterol: 123mg | Calories: 544kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Fat: 33g | Protein: 37g | Carbohydrates: 25g | Iron: 3mg