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Slow Cooked Asian Baby Back Ribs

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Baby back ribs are tender, fall off of the bone, meaty, and delicious! These oven baked Asian Baby Back Ribs are so tender, succulent and flavorful, your guests will never guess they weren’t pulled right off the grill.

This Baby Back Ribs Recipe is a family favorite. It’s worth every napkin and sticky fingers to indulge in these BBQ ribs! 

Asian Baby Back Ribs on a small white plate with some thin scallion slices

How to Cook Asian Baby Back Ribs 

We typically BBQ ribs on the grill in the summer and ignore them the rest of the year. Such a shame. So when I found a package of baby back ribs in the freezer this autumn, I knew I needed to test out a new “indoor” method. I’ve used the Penzey’s low and slow technique to start my ribs, but finish them off on the grill for for that to die for lightly charred exterior and infusion of smokey flavor.

Cooking this baby back rib recipe covered on a rimmed baking sheet at 250º for 5-6 hours makes for fall of the bone tender meat, but they’re awfully gray looking at that point. So I take off the top layer of foil, carefully pour off the excess liquid and crank up the oven. Brushing with glaze every 10 minutes allows for the coveted caramelization, without burning or drying out the meat.

Overhead view of Oven Baked Asian Baby Back Ribs on a small white plate

Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Bill had been at meetings all week and arose at 4 AM to catch his flight back home. With only a glass of orange juice for breakfast, he was definitely ready for dinner when he dropped his suitcase at the door late in the afternoon. At the end of our meal, all that was left on his plate was a pile of bones…which came with a lot of praise for this rib recipe as he went back for “just one more” a few times.

If my memory is correct, this rib recipe was inspired by Wolfgang Puck, who is a master with Asian flavors. The sublime combination of rice wine vinegar, mirin, honey, soy, ginger, scallions and garlic is reduced to a syrupy glaze. I promise you these are finger licking good ribs!

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Slow Cooked Asian Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooked Asian Baby Back Ribs

These slow cooked fall off the bone ribs are glazed with an Asian BBQ sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • 2 racks baby back ribs, membrane removed
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 scant 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250º. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Season ribs well with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place ribs on baking sheet, meaty side up, and pour beer around perimeter. Cover top of ribs with foil and fold down around edges to seal. Bake for 5-6 hours.
  2. Make glaze by combining the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer 30-40 minutes, till reduced to a cup or less. Strain into a clean container and let cool. Glaze should become slightly thick and syrupy as it cools.
  3. After 5 hours or so, remove the foil and brush the ribs with the glaze. Increase the oven temperature to 350º and continue to brush the ribs with the glaze every 10 minutes for 40 minutes or till glaze is almost gone and ribs are browned

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 697 Total Fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 132mg Sodium: 988mg Carbohydrates: 53g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 46g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 38g

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