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Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Ribs

This recipe has evolved over the last couple of years and they’re the best tasting ribs ever if you ask me. Perfect combination of sweet, sticky and spicy with amazing deep flavour. Of course I’m biased but everybody I’ve ever cooked them for seems to really love them too!

Submitted by: FoodGeek from Manchester, UK
Yield: 2


Featured in this Recipe

Chiles, Crushed Red Flakes

Crushed Red Chiles


Jar, 1/2 Cup, 1.7 oz.


  • Rack of ribs
  • 1 jar passata (uncooked tomato puree), or 1 can chopped tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons Worcesterchire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons runny honey
  • small bunch of cilantro

Preparation Instructions:

1. To make the marinade add your passata to a pan (if like me you forget to buy pasatta just throw a tin of chopped tomatoes into a blender and blitz until smooth).

Add the garlic (crushed), star anise, Worcestershire sauce, Dark Soy sauce, Oyster sauce, runny honey and the zest and juice of a lime. Finely slice your chillies and add to the pan as well (use as little or as much chilli as you like, I like them HOT so I use 2 red and 2 or 3 green finger chilies which makes a really spicy sauce. When I’m cooking for other people I tend to use just 1 of each). Alternatively use a teaspoon or 2 of chile flakes.

2. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for a few minutes, stirring well to combine all the flavours. Then remove from the heat and allow to cool.

3. Whilst the marinade is cooling trim any excess fat from your ribs and add to a large roasting tray. Once your marinade has completely cooled pour over the top of the ribs. Turn them upside down a couple of times.

Cover and leave in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Turn them over occasionally.

4. Take the ribs out of the fridge a couple of hours before you plan on cooking them to bring them up to room temperature and preheat your oven to 150° C (300° F).

5. Cover the roasting dish with foil and cook in the oven for around 3 hours.

6. After this time the meat should be falling off the bone but they’ll look anaemic and like they’ve been boiled. Take the foil off, pour as much of the sauce as you can into a small pan.

7. Put the ribs back in the oven uncovered for another 30 – 40 minutes, turning half way. This will blacken and char them. Gently simmer the pan of sauce to thicken slightly.

8. When the ribs are nicely blackened serve drizzled with the remaining sauce and topped with chopped cilantro. Eat them all yourself or share them and serve with rice or potato wedges.



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