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Dry rub the ribs and brush with some BBQ sauce. Refrigerate for 2 hours then bake in the oven for 1 hour. Fire up the grill to finish with a nice crispy brown exterior. You will love this homemade Asian style sweet spicy and sticky BBQ sauce. | ethnicspoon.com
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Asian Inspired Sweet and Spicy BBQ Ribs

A perfect meal for any occasion. Bring the flavors of Asia to your table: five spice powder, ginger, Hoisin sauce. These are so easy to make, and so delicious. This is my never fail fall-off-the-bone rib technique.   Pair with your favorite sides. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword asian sticky bbq sauce, bbq ribs, grilling
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 416 kcal


  • 2.5 lb ribs

Asian style dry rub

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp Tabasco
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp green onion sliced, for garnish
  • ¼ tsp sesame seeds for garnish


To make the dry rub:

  1. In a small bowl mix together five spice powder, allspice, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger and cracked pepper until they are well blended.

To make the sauce

  1. Heat oil on medium and sauté the shallot until tender. 

  2. Stir in the rice vinegar and soy sauce and slowly bring to a boil.

  3. Turn down the heat, and add in the hoisin, Tabasco and honey. Cook for about 5 minutes on low, and add the tomato paste. Stir until well combined. Cook for an additional 3 minutes on low until ready to use. 

  4. Transfer to a bowls for serving and brushing while grilling. 

To make the ribs:

  1. Crimp 2 pieces of foil length-wise to make a long wide piece of foil that will be large enough to completely cover the ribs. Lay the ribs on the foil over a baking sheet.

  2. Sprinkle on the dry rub and pat it down to work it into the meaty side of the ribs. 

  3. Crimp the foil length-wise and then fold up the ends. You will have have the  ribs in a foil sleeve for resting in the rub and then baking.  Rest them in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  

  4. Preheat oven to 300'F.

  5. Remove from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before baking.

  6. Bake the ribs in the foil sleeve for 1 hour on a baking tray in case of leaking.

  7. At the end of 1 hour, remove ribs from the oven.

  8. Preheat grill to 400'F.

  9. Grill ribs 4-5 minutes on all sides while brushing with sauce.

  10. Transfer to a platter. Cover them with aluminum foil and allow them to rest for about 5 minutes.

  11. Cut them into individual pieces to serve. 

  12. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts
Asian Inspired Sweet and Spicy BBQ Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 794mg35%
Potassium 689mg20%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.