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Chinese BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Marinate30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: baby back ribs, best bbq baby back ribs recipe, chinese bbq baby back ribs, easy bbq baby back ribs recipe
Servings: 4


  • Baking Sheet & Wire Rack


  • 3-3 ½ lbs baby back ribs or St. Louis style pork spareribs


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chinese five spice
  • 1 tsp salt


  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup shaoxing cooking wine or dry sherry
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp garlic grated
  • 6-8 drops red food color optional



  • In a small bowl: combine salt, chinese five spice, brown sugar and mix.


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (148°C).
  • Clean and pat the ribs dry with a paper towel. Place the meat side down on the cutting borad. Remove the skin membrane from the ribs and discard.
  • Coat both sides of the ribs with the rub and marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Place a wire rack on a baking sheet. Place the rub ribs on top of the wire rack.
  • Place the ribs in the oven (uncovered) and bake for 1 hour.
  • BBQ Sauce: In a non-stick pan: combine soy sauce, hoisin, honey, shaoxing wine, oyster sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and whisk. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes or until starts to thicken (half of the liquid should be evaporated). Let the sauce cool until ready for use (it will continue to thicken as it cools).
  • First Baste: Remove the ribs from the oven. Turn the oven up to 450°F (232°C). Generously baste the ribs with BBQ sauce. Bake for 15 minutes. Note: St. Louis style ribs: bake for 20 minutes.
  • Second Baste: Remove the ribs from the oven and baste again with BBQ sauce. Bake for another 15 minutes. Note: St. Louis style ribs: bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven and baste with sauce again. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting. Place the ribs on a cutting board and cut between the bones.
  • Optional: recommend serving with rice or noodles and cooked vegetables.

Serve & Enjoy!



    St. Louis Style Ribs usually has more meat so the cook time will be a little longer.