Honey Garlic Ribs

Honey garlic ribs are a delicious, sticky, and sweet dish with a touch of garlic that makes it irresistible. Here’s a recipe that will help you make these delightful ribs right at home, using your oven for ease and convenience.

Honey Garlic Ribs Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds pork ribs (baby back or spare ribs)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Ribs:
    • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).
    • If not already done by your butcher, remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for better flavor absorption and texture.
    • Rub the ribs all over with salt, pepper, and vegetable oil. Place them in a baking dish.
  2. Initial Baking:
    • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the ribs for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until they are tender but not falling apart. This slow cooking process helps the meat become tender.
  3. Make the Honey Garlic Sauce:
    • While the ribs are baking, combine honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
    • Bring the mixture to a simmer, then add the grated ginger.
    • Stir in the cornstarch mixture slowly, continuing to simmer and stir until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
  4. Glaze the Ribs:
    • Once the ribs are tender, remove them from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C).
    • Brush a generous amount of the honey garlic sauce over the ribs.
  5. Final Baking:
    • Return the ribs to the oven, uncovered, and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, basting with more sauce every 10 minutes, until the ribs are beautifully glazed and sticky.
  6. Serving:
    • Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before cutting between the bones.
    • Serve hot, garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.
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Tips for Perfection:

  • Removing the membrane from the back of the ribs is crucial as it allows the sauce to penetrate the meat more effectively.
  • Basting the ribs frequently during the final cooking phase adds layers of glaze, enhancing the flavor and achieving that desirable sticky texture.
  • For a spicier kick, add a few dashes of hot sauce or chili flakes to the honey garlic sauce.

These honey garlic ribs will be a hit at any gathering or a perfect main dish for a family dinner, pairing wonderfully with sides like coleslaw, roasted vegetables, or a simple rice pilaf. Enjoy the sweet and savory goodness of your homemade ribs!