BBQ pork ribs

BBQ Pork Ribs - tender, juicy and melt-in-the-mouth

You'll have to be quick to grab these delicious, mouth-watering ribs, because once they're ready, they'll be gone in a flash!

August 6, 2020
BBQ pork ribs

Oven-baking the ribs makes them really tender and you can do most of the preparation ahead of time and finish them on the BBQ when you're ready.


1kg pork spare ribs

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 180°c
  2. Remove the membrane from the underside of the ribs (if your butcher has not already done so). Work a knife under the membrane to loosen a small section then grip it with a paper towel and peel it off.
  3. Combine the tomato sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread half the marinade over the ribs, making sure they are evenly coated. Reserve the remainder of the marinade. Marinate for at least two hours.
  4. Line a baking tray with foil and lay the ribs on it in a single layer. Cover with more foil and bake in the oven for one hour.
  5. Remove from oven and brush half the remaining marinade over the ribs. Place the ribs on heated BBQ or in a griddle pan on the stove. Cook until the sauce has caramelised (about 6-7 minutes each side). Separate into individual ribs with a sharp knife.
  6. Serve with any remaining marinade as a dipping sauce. Great as part of a shared BBQ meal or make a complete meal with steamed rice and Chinese vegetables.

More Rib Sauce Options

Chinese-style ribs

1/2 cup oyster sauce

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 cm piece of ginger, crushed

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder

1 tsp salt

Hot and spicy ribs

Dry spice rub that's great for beef ribs too.

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp chilli powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp paprika

BBQ sauce (for basting)

Combine the dry spices and sprinkle the mixture over both sides of the ribs.

Wrap in foil and bake in oven at 180°c for 1 hour.

Remove from foil and baste the ribs with BBQ sauce before placing on the hot BBQ for 5-6 minutes each side.

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