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Chinatown Ribs

These Chinese ribs have a unique flavor given to them from brining, marinading and slow cooking in a fantastic Chinatown Rib sauce.
Course: Pork, ribs
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese pork ribs
Author: Jurga



  • 1 cup Hoisin sauce
  • ½ cup light soy sauce
  • ½ cup white wine, or apple juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice powder, *see Gr8 Tips
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, optional
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • Red food coloring or beet root powder, optional, as needed for desired color


  • 3 pounds baby back ribs or spare ribs
  • Kosher salt for brining
  • Water
  • Toasted sesame seeds or green onions for garnish


Directions for Marinade:

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl or jar until well blended. Set aside until ready to use.

Directions for Ribs:

  • Cut ribs into 3 rib sections.
  • Place ribs in large pot and fill will water until covered (use ½ cup of salt per gallon of water).
  • Bring the pot with the ribs to a boil. Once the ribs start to boil, immediately remove from the heat and cool completely.
  • Cover the pot and place the entire pot with the ribs in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The next day, rinse off all the rib pieces and pat dry.
  • Place the ribs in a slow cooker and baste the ribs with a layer of sauce.
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until tender, occasionally brushing ribs with the sauce.
  • Ribs can then be either broiled with a layer of sauce or placed on a grill for extra crispness. Be careful when barbecuing on the grill or broiling as the high sugar content of the sauce can burn easily.
  • Let ribs slightly cool before slicing into 1 rib pieces before serving, if serving as appetizers. For main course, leave them as 3 rib portions.
  • Top with toasted sesame seeds or chopped green onion...or both!


Gr8 Tips:

  • Ribs can be prepared the same day by simmering them in water and salt for 3 hours. Rinse the ribs and pat dry.  Arrange them on a foil lined or well greased baking pan. Brush sauce on all sides of the ribs. Bake in 350º F oven for 20 minutes. Brush again with more sauce and bake for another 20 minutes.  Finish the ribs off by placing under the broiler for a few seconds until glazed and crispy.  Remove from the oven and cool before slicing into 1 rib pieces.
  • Star Anise can be used in place of Five Spice Powder.
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