Sticky BBQ ribs Recipe

Sticky BBQ ribs


  • 2kg baby back or pork loin rib racks, cut into blocks of 4
  • 50ml soy sauce
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 100ml Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 100g ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 200ml tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 1 small white cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 3 spring onions, shredded
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Put the ribs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water (Pic 1). Add the soy sauce and gently bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, take the pan off the heat and leave to cool for half an hour in the liquid.
  2. Meanwhile make the marinade by putting the brown sugar and Shaoxing wine or sherry in a small pan and heat gently until the sugar has melted.
  3. Add the ginger and the garlic and cook gently for 10 minutes (Pic 2). This will take away the rawness of the garlic. Add the rest of the marinade ingredients and give a good stir until everything is incorporated. Simmer for a couple more minutes then pour into a bowl and leave to cool.
  4. Take the ribs from the pot and, while still warm, brush all over with the marinade (Pic 3). Refridgerate the remaining marinade for later on. Pack the ribs in a large tray or dish and put in the fridge. Leave overnight if you can, otherwise 2-3 hours will be OK.
  5. Heat the barbecue. When the coals have died down but are still glowing, lay the ribs curved side down on the grill. Cook until coloured then turn, brush with more marinade and cook for 5 minutes. Turn, brush again and keep on cooking, they will take about 20-30 minutes to become sticky and burnished.
  6. To cook in the oven put the ribs in 1 or 2 large roasting trays curved side up. Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Roast for 30-40 minutes, brushing with marinade a few times during the cooking time.
  7. To make the coleslaw, toss the cabbage, carrots and spring onion together. Sprinkle with a little salt, mix again and leave for 10 minutes. The salt will tenderise the veg a bit. Mix the lime juice, oils and seeds. Pour over the veg and mix. Serve with the ribs.
Prep. Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 8 people
Difficulty: Easy
Cuisine: BBQ
Main Ing.: Pork
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