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Chinese-Style Spareribs

Scott Phillips

Servings: four to six as a main course or six to twelve as an appetizer.

Too cold to grill outside? Slow roasting in the oven yields a rib that’s just as tender and succulent. The sweet-and-hot spice rub gives them the flavor of a Chinatown banquet.


For the Chinese spice rub:

  • 2 Tbs. ground coriander
  • 2 Tbs. hot chili powder
  • 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. five-spice powder
  • 1 Tbs. ground fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 1 tbs. dried red chile flakes
  • 2 full (13-rib) racks of St. Louis-cut pork spareribs (about 3 lb. each)
  • Kosher salt for sprinkling
  • Sliced scallions, for garnish (optional)
  • Asian Dipping Sauce

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per rib, based on 26 ribs
  • Calories (kcal) : 210
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 140
  • Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 60
  • Sodium (mg): 430
  • Carbohydrates (g): 3
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 15


Make the spice rub:

  • In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients.

Cook the ribs:

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 300°F. Sprinkle and press 1/4 cup of the rub on both sides of each rib rack. Put the racks, meaty side up, on a broiling pan or a wire roasting rack set over a baking sheet. Lightly season the ribs with salt and put them in the oven. After the first hour, rotate the pan every 30 min. (Note: If you use two baking sheets, switch their position in the oven, too). The ribs will sizzle gently as they cook, and they’ll become tender after about 2 hours in the oven.
  • To test for doneness, pick up the center of the ribs with tongs; the ends of the ribs should flop downward (this means the fat and cartilage have broken down), and a skewer inserted between the ribs should meet little resistance. If the meat between the ribs is still tough, keep cooking, checking every 15 minutes and rotating the pan.
  • Remove the rib racks from the oven, put them on a cutting board meaty side down (so they’re easier to slice), and slice them into individual ribs. Arrange the ribs on a platter (or stack them for a festive presentation), garnish with scallions, if you like, and serve with the dipping sauce on the side.

Make Ahead Tips

The tender, fatty meat of the ribs makes them hold up well to reheating. You can cook the ribs a day ahead and reheat them uncut, loosely covered with foil, in a 250°F oven until warmed through, 20 to 30 min.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • litlfilly | 09/04/2020

    I made these the first time a few months ago. I am a beef rib fan; not so much a sparerib fan...but these were amazing!!

  • jc0730 | 05/22/2019

    I have been making these ribs for years and they are a family favorite. The dipping sauce is a great touch.

  • pokano | 02/04/2018

    Not sure that these ribs are Chinese style, but with the dipping sauce (you don't have to dip, you can spoon it on),these are FANTASTIC! Easy to make. Will definitely make again.

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