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Grilled Chinese-Style Ribs – New Year’s Eve Bash Series

One day left… One more chance in 2015 to fire up the grill and confidently proclaim your barbecue prowess. With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, this and next week’s articles will feature grilled finger food ideas perfect for a late night celebration. First off in our New Year’s Eve Bash series is Grilled Chinese-Style Ribs – perfect for sharing with friends, they feature a sweetly intense Asian marinade.

We begin with two racks of baby back ribs, trimmed and cut into individual ribs allowing the marinade to wholly cover every surface. The marinade combines classic Chinese flavors, such as: soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, Chinese five spice powder, and more. By thoroughly marinating the ribs a few hours, the rib meat is tenderized by the salt and vinegar, making them easy to grill and eat. Since this is a New Year’s Eve Bash that will go past midnight, it is recommended to at least double this batch. So fire up the grill, grab your favorite drink or cider, and celebrate the end of another year and dawn of a new one.

Serves 6

New Year’s Eve Chinese-Style Ribs Ingredients

  • 2 racks baby back ribs, trimmed and cut into individual ribs

For marinade:

  • 1/2 cup/120 mL soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL minced ginger
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons/12.5 mL cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL chili paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL white pepper
  • For garnish
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons/30-45 mL toasted sesame seeds

New Year’s Eve Chinese-Style Ribs Directions

  1. Combine marinade ingredients. Place individually cut ribs into resealable plastic bag. You might need to use two or more bags for this. Pour equal amounts of marinade over ribs, making sure they are well coated. Seal bags and place into refrigerator. Marinate ribs for 1-4 hours.
  2. Preheat grill for medium heat. Remove ribs from bags, making sure to reserve marinade, cook ribs or 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  3. Baste with reserved marinade 2-3 times throughout cooking process. Make sure to stop basting at least 5-8 minutes before ribs are finished cooking. Remove ribs from grill, place onto a large platter, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onion.

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