• Ingredients: 32
  • Serves: 4

Chinatown char siu barbeque ribs or pork with slabs baby back ribs, cut in half lengthwise through all the bones, honey or char siu sauce, chopped fresh chives, for garnish.



  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup brandy, rum, or bourbon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps. dark sesame oil
  • 2 tbsps. hot sauce, such as Asian chile sauce or Tabasco
  • 2 tbsps. ground ginger or minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tsps. garlic
  • 2 tsps. Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tbsps. onion powder
  • 2 tsps. red food coloring


  • 2 slabs baby back ribs, cut in half lengthwise through all the bones
  • 1/4 cup honey or char siu sauce
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish



For dipping sauce:

  • Special equipment: a 12-inch bamboo steamer; a 6-inch rolling pin or dowel; a well-seasoned 14-inch wok with a lid



  1. Step 1 Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Place the meat in a resealable plastic bag (you may need more than one), add the marinade, seal tightly, and toss to coat.
  2. Step 2 Heat your cooker to 300°F. (You can also use an indoor oven. Just place the ribs on a wire grate over a pan or on a broiler pan.) If you are using a gas grill, turn off one or two burners and place the meat over the cool burners.
  3. Step 3 If you are using a charcoal grill, set it up by banking the coals against one side for indirect cooking.
  4. Step 4 Remove the ribs from the marinade and cook for about 1 hour; then paint the bone side of the ribs with a coat of the honey or char siu sauce.

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  5. Step 5 Cook for 10 minutes, underside up; then turn meat side up, paint with more honey or char siu sauce, and cook for another 10 minutes.

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  6. Step 6 Remove the ribs, let them sit for 5 minutes, cut them into individual ribs, and serve hot, garnished with chopped fresh chives.

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Nutrition information

Calories 506 Carbohydrates 38 g (13%)
Fat 25 g (38%) Protein 25 g (50%)
Saturated Fat 8 g (39%) Sodium 1,171 mg (49%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 5 g Fiber 2 g (6%)
Monounsaturated Fat 10 g Cholesterol 83 mg (28%)