Chinese BBQ Rib Recipe (Char Siu)

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Mar. 11, 2013

These ribs have traditional Asian flavors and are cooked using American BBQ Techniques.


For chinese bbq sauce
Hoisin sauce 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Sake 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Honey 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Maltose 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , heated
Soy sauce 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Ketchup 2 Tablespoon (Asian Ketchup)
Sriracha 2 Tablespoon
Juice of lemon 1 Small
Fresh ginger 2 Teaspoon
Toasted sesame oil 2 Tablespoon
Five spice 2 Teaspoon (Asian five spice)
Onion powder 2 Teaspoon
Garlic clove 3 , minced
Rice vinegar 2 Teaspoon
Red food coloring 2 Teaspoon (Optional)
Other ingredients
Pork spare ribs 2
Cherry juice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Rice vinegar 1 Teaspoon (just a splash)
For garnish
Sesame seed 1 Teaspoon (as needed)
Green onion 1 , finely chopped (as needed)



1. In a saucepan combine hoisin sauce, sake, maltose, honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, sriracha, ketchup, sesame oil, five spice, onion powder, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and food coloring. Mix well.

2. Place the pan on flame and cook until heated through. Remove the pan from heat and allow the sauce to cool.

3. Take 1 cup of sauce to use as marinade and reduce the remaining to use as glaze later.

4. In a large ziplock bag, put the spare rib and pour the marinade in it. Seal and shake to coat well. Pop the bag in refrigerator and let the ribs rest for 8 hours.

5. Preheat grill to 275 degree F.


6. Place marinated ribs on grill. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.

7. Baste ribs with cherry juice and rice vinegar mixture. Cook further for 2 hours basting with cherry juice every 20 minutes.

8. Remove the ribs from grill. On a piece of foil, pour some reduced sauce and place rib on top, meat side down. Pour some sauce on top and wrap it tight.

9. Place the foil wrapped rib on grill, meat side down. Cover and cook for an hour. Check the tenderness of meat and cook further until done. Checking every 5-10 minutes.

10. Drain the juice and place ribs on direct heat. Baste the ribs with reduced sauce and cook for a few seconds or until they get charred marks.


11. Sprinkle sesame seeds and green onion on top. Serve ribs with jasmine rice and salad.


Double the amount of honey if you do not have maltose.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 872Calories from Fat 333

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 38 g58.5%

Saturated Fat 11 g55%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 3109 mg129.54%

Total Carbohydrates 72 g24%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 46 g

Protein 52 g104%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet