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

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: char siu, pork ribs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Derrick Riches


  • 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 rack of ribs, bone side down, onto a large piece of plastic wrap.
  • Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl and apply mixture evenly onto meat side of ribs.
  • Secure ribs in 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. Keep wrapped until ready to grill.
  • Unwrap ribs, and 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. Start basting the last 20 minutes of cook time. Before basting check the temp of the ribs. The rack should be mostly cooked through, loose, but still holds together with an internal temperature between 170-175 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 up nicely, 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.


Photo by: Sabrina Baksh

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