Ribs with sticky caramelized sauce make you glad you have fingers to lick!
Grilling season is finally here!!
I'm kicking things off with some killer Asian-flavored ribs. Oh man, are you going to be psyched once you try these.
I know that BBQ ribs are highly traditional and greatly loved, but I see nothing wrong with switching things up every once and a while.
I was thinking how good caramelized Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches are and wondered how that caramelized sauce would be on ribs.
I decided to look further into it. I wrote down a recipe in my little notebook and then made some ribs. The first thing you are going to notice when you make these is the smell – it’s so good!
Once you see that scrumptious caramel sauce slathered on these ribs, it’s all over. That’s when it really hits you – these are going to be irresistible.
Lay your ribs in a deep baking sheet.
Rub the ribs with the seasonings.
Add the sugar to a pot and let it melt over medium heat. The sugar will smoke and turn amber in color. Remove from the heat and carefully add in the soy sauce, pineapple juice, rice wine vinegar and hoisin sauce.
The sugar will harden, but don’t freak, this is fine! Place the pot back on the stove and allow the sugar to melt again. Add the garlic and mustard. Simmer the sauce for five minutes or so.
Pour the sauce over the ribs, add the water and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 3 ½ hours.
Meanwhile make the Asian BBQ sauce for serving.
After 3 ½ hours, grab the ribs from the oven.
Strain the sauce left in the roasting pan into a saucepot. If needed, add water to make the mixture about 1 ½ - 2 cups. Simmer over medium heat until the sauce has reduced to about half cup. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Pour the sauce over the ribs and place meat side down on the grill.
Grill for 5 minutes. Remove from the grill.
Place slab on a cutting board.
Pull ribs apart.
Serve with extra caramelized sauce and devour!