Diane Rossen Worthington

Hoisin Ginger Baby Back Ribs Recipe
Hoisin Ginger Baby Back Ribs

This marinade for this Hoisin Ginger Baby Back Ribs recipe combines the fermented soy bean hoisin sauce with orange flavored honey, fresh ginger, chili paste with garlic and rice wine vinegar produces an Asian-style barbecue sauce.

I love Baby Back Ribs. Maybe it's because they seem to have more meat and a less pronounced pork flavor. When I was growing up, just hearing that ribs were on the menu would make me happy.

Through the years, I have experimented with different ways to cook baby back ribs and different sauces to complement them. As a California girl, I never learned the ins and outs of proper barbecue techniques. Usually, it was throw the ribs on the barbecue and brush sauce on them a few minutes before they were done so the sauce wouldn't burn the ribs.

Through trial and error, I have found that first marinating and then baking them in a 325-degree oven enclosed in aluminum foil, essentially steaming them, results in a moist and very tender slab of ribs. A bonus is that this can be done a day ahead, and the ribs cooled and refrigerated. Even better, you don't have to be a barbecue maven to just finish these on the grill -- really Seriously Simple.

This marinade combines the fermented soy bean hoisin sauce with orange flavored honey, fresh ginger, chili paste with garlic and rice wine vinegar for an Asian-style glaze that is a fun twist on classic sweet American barbecue sauce.

You can also try this method with other fruit sauces or chutneys.

If you're wondering what to serve with these Hoisin Ginger Baby Back Ribs, consider coleslaw flavored with a rice wine vinegar dressing. Grilled corn on the cob would be just right with the ribs too. To drink, I like ice-cold Chinese beer or a dry Rose. Dad will be a happy guy.

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Hoisin-Ginger Baby Back Ribs

    Prep Time: 30 minutes (Plus 2 or more hours to marinade)

    Cook time: 1 Hour 30 minutes

    Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Hoisin-Ginger Baby Back Ribs Ingredients

    For the Marinade:

      1/2 cup hoisin sauce

      1/4 cup orange blossom honey

      2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

      1/2 to 1 teaspoon spicy chili paste with garlic, or to taste

      2 tablespoons vegetable oil

      1 scallion, thinly sliced

      1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

    4 pounds pork loin ribs cut Chinese style or baby-back ribs

Hoisin-Ginger Baby Back Ribs Recipe Instructions

    1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Place the ribs in a jumbo plastic sealable bag. Add the marinade to the ribs and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours, turning occasionally.

    2. Preheat the oven to 325 F.

    3. Place the ribs and marinade on a piece of foil large enough to wrap tightly without any holes. Place the package in a large roasting pan and bake for 1 1/4 hours. Alternately, place the ribs and marinade in a roasting pan and cover well. The ribs should be tender when pierced with a fork.

    4. Remove the ribs from the oven. Remove the ribs from the foil, drain and reserve the juices and place in a dish.

    5. Prepare the barbecue for medium-heat grilling. Grill the ribs about 3 inches from the flame for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until they reach the desired doneness, basting occasionally with the reserved juices and making sure they do not burn. Place on a serving platter and serve with the reserved juices, if desired.

Hoisin-Ginger Baby Back Ribs Recipe Notes:

    -- When selecting ribs, I prefer the meaty and less fatty baby back ribs, sometimes called loin ribs. They have a covering of meat over the bones and also between them that makes them leaner and meatier than spare ribs. They are shorter and smaller than spareribs. They are a bit more costly than spare ribs but well worth it.

    -- Look for racks that have meat on the rack and not a lot of fat. It's best to buy fresh ribs that have not been frozen.

    -- Sometimes you will find the smallest ribs cut up and called Chinese-style ribs. These are the small ribs from the end of the loin rack. You can substitute these individual ribs if you prefer; these make a great appetizer.

    -- Use this Hoisin-Ginger marinade on pork tenderloin or chicken.

    -- Hoisin-Ginger Baby Back Ribs Recipe may be prepared 1 day ahead through step 4, covered and refrigerated. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before grilling.

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