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Sweet & Sour BBQ Pork Ribs

Sweet & Sour BBQ Pork Ribs


Ignite your taste buds with these sweet and sticky BBQ pork ribs, infused with Asian flair and crafted over an open fire.

  • Serves: 4-6 |
    4-6 servings
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  • Prep Time : 30 mins |
  • Cook Time : 2:0 hours
Categories: Braai, Mains, Pork
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Pork Ribs

2 kg pork belly ribs
5 cloves garlic, finely grated
1 Tbsp (15 ml) fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 Tbsp (30 ml) brown sugar
2 Tbsp (30 ml) rice vinegar
1 Tbsp (15 ml) salt
1½ tsp (7.5 ml) cayenne pepper
2 C (500 ml) water

BBQ Sauce

2 Tbsp (30 ml) peanut oil
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
2 Tbsp (30 ml) ginger, finely grated
½ C (125 ml) dry sherry/red wine
½ C (125 ml) Hoisin sauce
½ C (125 ml) tomato sauce
2 Tbsp (30 ml) sweet chilli sauce
1 Tbsp (15 ml) Soy sauce
1 Tbsp (15 ml) sesame oil
1 tsp (5 ml) smoked paprika

To Serve

handful of fresh coriander
2 red chillies, sliced (optional)
1 Tbsp (15 ml) sesame seeds, lightly toasted

Pork Ribs

Place the pork ribs into a deep roasting tray, large enough to fit the ribs.

To a small bowl, add the garlic, rosemary, brown sugar, rice vinegar, salt and cayenne pepper and mix to combine. Rub this spice mixture all over to coat the ribs evenly. Cover the tray with foil and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.

Remove the ribs from the fridge. Pour the water into the tray, re-cover with foil and place into the oven. Roast the ribs for 1½ to 2 hours until soft and tender. Check at the 1½ hour mark.

BBQ Sauce

While the ribs are cooking, prepare the BBQ sauce. Heat the peanut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for 2 minutes. Add the sherry/red wine and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 minute and then add the Hoisin sauce, tomato sauce, sweet chilli sauce, Soy sauce, sesame oil and smoked paprika. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.

When the ribs are done roasting, add about ¼ cup (60 ml) of the roasting juices to the BBQ sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes to reduce and thicken slightly.

Ribs cont. 

Either preheat the oven to the grill setting or prepare a braai to medium heat coals.

Strain all the roasting juices from the tray with the ribs and discard. Brush the ribs generously with BBQ sauce and grill in the oven or on the braai until the marinade is well caramelised and charry – about 15-20 minutes. If braaing, turn and baste as you go.

Serve the ribs sprinkled with fresh coriander, sliced chilli and sesame seeds.