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These Char Siu Baked Ribs Are Worth the Five-Hour Wait

August 30, 2020

A few years ago, we mimicked the flavors of char siu in tofu. And while the sentiment of vegetarianism remains—we love ourselves a good vegetable (or meat-free alternative) recipe; this time, we’re indulging our carnivorous selves. We still love char siu with a fiery passion, so we’re using that flavor in this baked ribs recipe.

Ang sarap nito mga mars, char (siu)!

We know five hours is a lot. But it’s absolutely worth the wait to get juicy, tender meat enveloped in a rich, thick sauce and a crispy exterior. This recipe uses a bark inspired by Texas-style barbecue so the fully-cooked ribs finishes for over an hour in a low oven to get that crunchy outer layer. (We got this technique from Serious Eats!)

If you have any leftover sauce that you don’t want to waste, you can serve it alongside the finished ribs.

Char Siu Baked Ribs

  • Serves: 6-8 people
  • Active time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Medium

INGREDIENTS

Ribs

  • 2-3kg beef ribs
  • 1 onion, cut in quarters
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • Salt, to taste

Char Siu Sauce

  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. five spice

Bark

  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large pot, add the beef ribs, onion, peppercorns, bay leaves, cinnamon, and star anise.
  2. Cover with water and salt heavily.
  3. Let come up to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat.
  4. Cook ribs until tender, about 2.5 hours. Alternatively, add all ingredients above to pressure cooker and cook until tender.
  5. While ribs are cooking, make char siu sauce and bark.
  6. To make the char siu sauce, stir together hoisin, honey, soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, and five spice.
  7. For the bark, combine black and white sesame seeds, granulated garlic, onion powder, and salt.
  8. Set aside.
  9. Preheat oven to 300F.
  10. Once ribs are tender, remove from liquid and pat dry.
  11. Coat the ribs well in the char siu sauce.
  12. Cover the coated ribs in the bark mixture, patting the rub onto the meat until fully coated.
  13. Place on a wire rack set over a sheet pan then into the preheated oven for about 1.5 hours.
  14. Remove ribs from oven and rest for 15 minutes before serving.​
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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