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Chinese Country-Style Pork Ribs

“These ribs are tangy and tender. The Chinese-style glaze gives them a different and unique taste.” Jamie’s original recipe called for the ribs to be baked, but we found we could prepare tender ribs even faster by starting them in the microwave. Jamie Wetter - Boscobel, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 pounds bone-in country-style pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place in a 3-qt. microwave-safe dish with water, liquid smoke if desired and onion powder. Cover and microwave on high for 15-20 minutes or until meat is tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-8 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain ribs. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill ribs, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally and basting with sauce.
    Freeze option: Place cooled ribs in a resealable freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place in a baking pan; cover and bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 284 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 423mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.

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  • leogking
    Oct 17, 2013

    i am a chinese food junkie and this is a keeper,but i did add fresh grated ginger to my taste[fabuloso]

  • hendia1
    Jun 7, 2013

    I did the ribs in the microwave on high 20 minutes as the recipe says but they were tough. I would not make this recipe again.

  • nermil68
    Jun 3, 2012

    I don't recommend microwaving the ribs because it made them very dry. The sauce, however, is amazing! I'm going to try it on marinated pork chops next.

  • LauraManning
    Apr 9, 2011

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  • debnbrian
    Nov 12, 2010

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  • Twich
    Jul 24, 2009

    I pre-cooke in microwave as suggested and used boneless ribs, and they were delicious! Just the recipe I've been looking for.

  • lamoore48
    Jul 10, 2009

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  • sully47
    Jul 8, 2009

    I par-boiled the ribs in beer and water until tender. For the sauce, I ommitted the honey...and the ribs were still hot and sweet!