Char Siu Ribs

Sweet and sticky, these Chinese style ribs will quickly become one of your favorite dishes. Serve these Char Siu Ribs with rice and stir-fried vegetables for the perfect meal.

Char Siu Ribs Recipe

Char Siu Ribs

Derrick Riches
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people


  • 1 rack of spare ribs 3-3 1/2 pounds
  • 1-2 green onion finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds optional


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder


  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper


  • Place the rack of ribs, bone side down, onto a large parchment or plastic wrap lined baking sheet.
  • Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl and apply evenly onto meat side.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for 8-24 hours.
  • Preheat grill and prepare for an indirect cook of around 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Remove ribs from the refrigerator, and let stand for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Place ribs on to grill bone side down over the indirect space and cook for 90 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Combine glaze ingredients in a medium bowl. Begin basting the last 20 minutes of cook time. The rack should be mostly cooked through, loose, but still holds together. The internal temperature should be close to 175 degrees F.
  • Baste several times on the meat side of the rack. Watch for burning.
  • Once ribs reach an internal temperature of 185 degrees F and the baste has set, remove from grill and place onto a large, clean cutting board.
  • Cut into individual ribs and garnish with green onion and toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
Keyword char siu, pork ribs

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