Chinese Barbecued Spareribs
3 1/2 pounds pork ribs
2 teaspoons salt
12 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Tangy Barbecue Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons Fine chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chiles
2 tablespoons rice wine or dry sherry
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons Chinese sesame oil
1 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons Chinese chili bean sauce
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoons Chinese white rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1/2 hoisting orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 250F. Salt and pepper the pork ribs evenly and place in a baking
dish and cook for 2 hours to render the fat and tenderize the meat. Remove the
ribs from the dish, drain the fat and set aside.
Heat a wok or large frying pan and add the oil. Quickly add
the shallots, scallions, ginger and garlic. stir fry for 20 seconds and add the
rest of the sauce ingredients. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce gently for
15 minutes. Allow the sauce to cool.
These steps can be done hours ahead or even the night before.
When you are ready to cook the ribs, smear them with the barbecue sauce.
Make a charcoal fire and, when the coals are ash white, grill
the ribs, basting with any remaining sauce. Cook the ribs for 5 to 10 minutes on
each side, depending on thickness. Serve immediately.