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Sweet & Spicy Asian Style BBQ Back Ribs

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"The spicy sweetness of the rub is complemented with the fruit and spice notes of the sauce in these delicious Asian-inspired pork back ribs."
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5 h 20 m servings 1954
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. About one hour before you plan to start grilling, make the rub: In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, onion powder, chili powder, paprika and pepper. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels, then sprinkle both sides of each rack with the rub. Set aside at room temperature for one hour.
  2. Preheat the grill for indirect cooking at 250 to 300 degrees F. Add the drained wood chips, if using.
  3. Place the ribs, meaty side up, over a drip pan, close the grill, and cook for 2 hours, adding about 12 coals to a charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.
  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, soy sauce, jam, vinegar and garlic sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly thickened. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
  5. Continue to cook the ribs until they're so tender the rack will easily break when bent with tongs, 1 to 2 more hours, spraying on both sides with the tamarind juice every 20 to 30 minutes. Brush the ribs on both sides with the sauce and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is set. Remove from the grill and let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Cut the racks into 3- or 4-rib sections and serve. Pass any remaining sauce at the table.


  • * Look for chili garlic sauce in the Asian foods section of your supermarket. Look for tamarind juice in the Asian or Hispanic foods section. If necessary, you can substitute tamarind soda or even apple juice.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve these Asian-influence ribs with white rice, grilled scallions and fresh pineapple. And if you like things spicy, try adding more chili garlic sauce to the barbecue sauce mixture-or simply sprinkle the finished ribs with crushed red pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1954 calories; 143.5 62.9 99.8 491 3937 Full nutrition

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So juicy and delicious! My entire family thoroughly enjoyed these ribs. The sweet and spicy Asian flavors were a nice change from the traditional BBQ ribs. I couldn't find the tamarind juice, so...

This review is for the sauce alone as I made it to go with the Roast Pork recipe on this site. Since the pork roast recipe called for a soy sauce and lime juice based marinade and cooking liqui...

We thought these were a nice change of pace but, honestly, we still prefer the more traditional BBQ sauce pork back ribs. It took much longer than 15 minutes for the sauce to slightly thicken (...