Spare ribs Chinese style – Recipe

Chinese Spare Ribs
Chinese Spare Ribs

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These are like candy covered meat, and are tender and delicious…


  • Spare Ribs,  cut into single ribs, 3- 4 pounds
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ¾  Cup brown sugar (or “Sugar in the raw”)
    ¼ cup vinegar
  • Juice from one lemon
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice (can be found online (click here) and in most supermarkets).
  • Hot pepper powder to taste (cayenne pepper or any other red hot pepper will do, as much or little as you want).


  • Crash garlic with the side of a wide knife.
  • Mix well everything except ribs in a bowl.
    Put ribs in an oven pan large enough and deep to contain ribs and sauce.
  • Pour mix on ribs and let marinate for at least an hour.
  • Cover pan with aluminum foil, sealing all sides.
  • Put  pan in the oven, about 350 degrees (f) for 2-3 hours.  Turn ribs after 30 minutes, and as often as every 10-15 minutes after that. After an hour and a half, let the aluminum foil just sit on top of the pan, shielding the ribs from direct heat but letting the sauce evaporate.
  • In the last 20 minutes before serving, remove aluminum foil, put temperature at 450 and let the ribs brown more, turning them every few minutes.
  • Take out and serve.  The sauce when ready should be pretty thick and cover the ribs nicely.


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