Asian BBQ Pork Baby Back Ribs
- 1 (2½ to 3 lbs.) slab baby back ribs
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- ¾ cup Teriyaki sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon five spice powder
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ½ cup hoisin sauce
- 2½ tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- ⅛ teaspoon five spice powder
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- A pinch of ground black pepper
- Clean the baby back ribs and remove the layer of white membrane at one side. Slice the slab into 3 to 4 pieces.
- Arrange the ribs in a resealable bag and then add the Teriyaki sauce. Remove the air in the bag, seal, and marinate for at least 1 hour.
- Arrange the marinated baby back ribs, onion, ginger, garlic, five spice powder, and chicken broth in a slow cooker. Set the cooker to high and slow cook for 3 hours.
- Make the asian barbecue sauce by combining the barbecue sauce ingredients. Set aside.
- Carefully remove the baby back ribs from the slow cooker. Gently rub-of the onion and other ingredients used in the slow cooker from the ribs. Arrange in a baking tray lined with aluminum foil.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Brush the barbecue sauce all over the ribs. Leave some sauce for later use. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and brush the remaining sauce. Serve!
1.5 kg pork belly slab, skin on
3 whole garlic bulbs, peeled and roughly chopped
½ cup oregano leaves, washed then chopped
3 red onions, peeled and chopped around 4 – 5 lemongrass stalks, sliced the zest from 1 lemon
juice from 1 lemon
a little over 1/8 cup salt, plus more for an even rub around the pork
4 tablespoons crushed black pepper
Combine all the aromatics in a bowl and mix well. Lightly mash everything together with the back of a spoon.
Alternatively, use a food processor to bring everything together with only around 2-3 pulses.
With the skin side down, rub the mixture all over the meat.
Roll the slab, carefully invert the meat and secure it with butcher’s twine. It’s okay if there are a few pieces of herbs that fall off, you can place it back later.
Rub coarse salt all over the meat, including the skin. With a paring knife or fork, poke the skin of the meat. This will ensure a nice crackling.
Transfer it to a roasting fitted with a rack and the bottom lined with foil. Place it in the refrigerator to chill overnight. This will dry the skin, which helps the crackling form.
Preheat the oven to 160 C. Just to be sure, pat the skin of the pork dry with a paper towel. Roast the pork for 5 hours.
Afterwards, increase the temperature to 220 C, and allow the pork’s crackling to form. This will take another 30 minutes to an hour. When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before slicing.