Korean Pork Ribs

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Korean Sticky Ribs

I love sticky pork ribs and especially oriental ones. This simple recipe will show you how to make some sweet and sticky Korean Pork Ribs in the oven which will taste delicious. Be prepared to make more than you think you need as they will not last long!

 

korean sticky ribs

 

Spare ribs in the Netherlands

When I lived in the Netherlands a favourite restaurant we used to visit was Eetcafe de Bruin in Krimpen aan den IJssel. The great thing about this place was that they had a deal on spare ribs every Tuesday and Thursday  – as much as you could eat for 14 Euro’s! And wow are they good! 

 

korean pork ribs recipe

 

They make two types of spare ribs – normal ribs with a garlic sauce and spicy oriental ribs, both of which are fantastic. I think their oriental ribs are a bit more like Chinese ribs than Korean ribs – but really tasty. In De Bruin they use nice thick spare ribs which meant that after your second helping you really would struggle to finish them off.

 

korean spare ribs
Korean Pork Ribs

 

 

This recipe is a little bit like their oriental ribs, as it is sweet and a bit sticky, but it is not quite the same. If you are ever in the Netherlands you must try and visit them on a Tuesday or Thursday! It is worth the detour, I guarantee.

Spare ribs in the oven

The trick to cooking these ribs is to slow cook them on a lower temperature, while the ribs are wrapped in aluminium foil envelopes. The tin foil allows the steam from the marinade to permeate the meat and tenderise it, so it will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat them.

korean spicy pork ribs

 

At the end of the process, you need to cook them under, or on, high heat to ensure a nice sticky outside to the soft meat on the inside. I finished these under the grill in my oven. The BBQ is the perfect place to finish them off really as you will add some smokiness to the taste. Whatever suits you best.

If you want to spice them up a bit then just add some chopped chillis to your marinade. Yummy!

 

korean style ribs

 

The taste of these ribs really is good and I recommend you really will want to make a large pile of them. Why not try using some Kurobuta Pork Ribs from Snake River Farms to make these, if you are based in the States.

Cut them into individual ribs before serving up, with a spare bowl for the bones and plenty of paper napkins!

I hope you enjoy making this recipe and let me know how you get on in the comments section below.

How to make Korean Pork Ribs

Korean Pork Ribs

korean pork ribs

These fall off the bone Korean pork ribs are super sticky and sweet, and you will wish you had made some more!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Some Pork Ribs, enough to feed everyone
  • 1/4 cup Dark Premium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 cup Rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Soft Brown Sugar
  • The Zest of one lime
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp Runny Honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Optional

  • Hot red chillis

To Garnish

  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • Chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. First, mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Then marinate the ribs in the fridge for at least a couple of hours (overnight is preferred). Using a sealed plastic storage bag is a good way to do this.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 130C (about 265F). Baste the ribs with marinade and wrap them individually in some tin foil. Place them on a rack on a roasting tray or broiler, and fill the tray with a layer of water (say 1/4"). Make sure you keep all the marinating liquid for basting later.
  3. Now put the ribs in the oven. When the 2 hours are finished, the ribs should be quite tender, depending on their thickness. If not, you may want to cook them for a bit longer. The ones I photographed here were already almost falling off the bone.
  4. Then remove from the oven and place them under a hot grill (or ON a hot grill, depending what you have available - you may want to finish them off on the BBQ, if you have one).
  5. Cook under high heat, basting regularly for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until charred and well cooked. Keep an eye on them so you do not burn them.
  6. The ribs should feel a bit sticky to the touch.

Notes

Garnish with some chopped spring onions, coriander and sesame seeds. Serve up with a finger washbowl and some napkins to clean your fingers with.

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