What are Asian Ribs?

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Asian ribs are simple barbecued ribs that are prepared using a sauce composed of ingredients that are commonly used in various types of Asian cuisine. Just about any type of ribs can be prepared using the sauce. It is possible to make Asian BBQ ribs that make use of the sauce to create the dish by baking the ribs in an oven, broiling the ribs, or cooking the ribs on a grill or over an open fire.

The choice of ribs used to prepare Asian ribs is really up to the individual. It is possible to prepare Asian short ribs, Asian pork ribs, or Asian beef ribs. Most recipes for Asian ribs require that the ribs be marinated in the sauce overnight, although in some instances it is possible to marinate the ribs for a couple of hours and then brush on additional sauce during the actual cooking process.

The real secret to making Asian ribs has to do with the ingredients that go into the sauce. Making use of different herbs and spices, the sauce often has a tangy taste that can be modified by the addition of a small amount of sweetener if desired. Because of the many different recipes for Asian ribs, it is relatively easy to find at least one that works for just about anyone.


A basic Asian ribs recipe requires several ingredients. Beginning with a mixture of teriyaki sauce and soy sauce, small amounts of hoisin sauce and Worcester sauce are added. To provide additional zest to the flavor, grated cloves of garlic are added to the liquid. Pepper, chili flakes and a small amount of freshly grated ginger round out the list of basic ingredients.

It is preferable that the ribs be cut into four rib sections and placed in a hollow dish. The sauce is poured over the ribs, taking care to completely immerse the ribs in the sauce. The ribs are then placed in the refrigerator overnight. This allows the meat of the ribs to absorb some of the flavor from the sauce. The following day, the ribs can be baked, broiled, or grilled with ease. If desired, more sauce can be prepared and applied to the ribs during the cooking process.

The simplicity of Asian ribs makes it possible for people with little or no culinary skills to prepare a tasty platter of barbecued ribs. The ingredients can even be adjusted to allow for food allergies or personal taste, making the process even easier. Preparing the sauce is a simple process and is typically less expensive than purchasing a packaged marinade or barbecue sauce from the supermarket.


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