Char Siu-Style Ribs Char Siu-Style Ribs

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These saucy, tasty ribs are inspired by Chinese-style pork char siu. To get the signature ruby red colour, we've used grenadine, but if you don't have any on hand, this recipe will still taste fantastic. For a large crowd, cut ribs into individual portions before serving.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2014


  • 225 kg pork back ribs (about 2 racks)
Char Siu-Style Sauce:
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons grenadine
  • 2 tablespoons liquid honey
  • 1 piece ginger sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons sodium-reduced soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder


Char Siu–Style Sauce: In blender, puree shallots, hoisin sauce, garlic, grenadine, honey, ginger, cooking wine, soy sauce, pepper and five-spice powder; set aside. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Remove membrane from underside of ribs, if attached. Rub 1⁄2 cup of the sauce all over ribs. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

Place ribs, bone side down, in roasting pan; cover pan with foil. Roast in 350°F (180°C) oven until meat is fork-tender, about 1-3⁄4 hours. Brush with pan drippings. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Reheat on medium-low grill, turning once, about 10 minutes.)

Place ribs on greased grill over medium heat; grill ribs, brushing all over with remaining sauce until caramelized, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Nutritional facts Per rib: about

  • Fibre trace
  • Sodium 192 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 12 g
  • Calories 177.0
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Potassium 159 mg
  • Cholesterol 47 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
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