Ribs are a quintessential family-style meal. Sit back and watch everyone throwing elbows and reaching in for more. A homemade sauce makes the experience (and the ribs) even better! Hoisin sauce is the Asian spin on spicy-sweet barbecue sauce. Black bean paste is a common ingredient, but it can be very salty and difficult to find. I opted to use red miso instead, which you can then use to make our other Asian-inspired recipes.
Country-Style Hoisin Ribs
4 pounds country-style or baby back pork ribs
2 tablespoons Basic Grilling Salt or 1 tablespoon coarse salt and 1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
1 teaspoon miso, plus additional to taste
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Trim any excess fat off of the ribs. Rub with grilling salt or a mixture of coarse salt and pepper. Place the ribs on a baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. While the ribs are baking, start the Hoisin Sauce.
To make the hoisin: Add the sesame oil to a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic, and jalapeño, and stir until they start to brown. Then add the Chinese five-spice, stirring to incorporate. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and cover the pan to bring the mixture to a low rolling boil. Reduce heat to low and let the sauce simmer until thick, about 10 minutes. Let cool. Adjust sauce to taste with additional red miso. Reserve half of the sauce in a serving bowl and use the other half for brushing on the ribs during cooking.
After 45 minutes, remove the ribs from the oven and brush generously with Hoisin sauce. Flip and brush again with the sauce. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 30–45 minutes, or until fork-tender and falling off the bone. It can take up to 2 hours total to bake the ribs. Continue brushing with the Hoisin Sauce every 30 minutes or so until the ribs are done. Serve with leftover sauce . . . and napkins.
Per serving: Calories 456, Protein 40 g, Carbs 28 g, Fat 18 g, Fiber 0 g, Sodium 2,706 mg
Adapted from Feed Zone Table: Family-Style Meals to Nourish Life and Sport by Biju Thomas and Allen Lim, with permission of VeloPress.