Chinese style spareribs

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Sticky, sweet, and savory, these spareribs are a Chinese buffet delicacy you can easily make at home.

Chinese style spareribs

If you can find good Chinese spareribs on a buffet or menu, then know just how good Chinese pork can be. Sticky, salty, porky, sweet, strangely red for some reason, Chinese spareribs are great as an appetizer or piled to the sky as a main meal. What's even better about Chinese spareribs, though, is that they are simple to make, requiring little more than a marinade, an oven and some pork.

Yields 1 slab of ribs


For the marinade:

  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or sherry

For the ribs:

  • 1/2 cup Asian five-spice powder
  • 1 (4 pound) slab pork spare ribs
  • Cooking spray

For the garnish:

  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
  • 4 green onion greens, thinly sliced


  1. First, mix all of the ingredients of the marinade. Pour one-half of the marinade into a plastic bag and pour the other half into a large bowl.
  2. Reserve the marinade in the bag by placing it in the refrigerator.
  3. Liberally cover the ribs with the five-spice powder, place them in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the ribs marinate for as little as an hour or as long as a day.
  4. When you're ready to cook the ribs, preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Spray down a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the ribs on it.
  5. Cook the ribs for 2 hours covered, then baste the ribs with the reserved marinade. Cook another 15 minutes and baste again. Finally, cook them another 15 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice garnished with the peanuts and green onions.

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