Spicy Bar-B-Que Ribs

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on May 26, 2010.



Spicy Bar-B-Que Ribs

  • 3 to 4 pounds pork spareribs or baby back ribs
  • Water to cover ribs
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 pieced ginger (about thumb-size), crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Hawaiian salt
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Kikkoman shoyu
  • 1/4 cup sake, sherry, or vermouth
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes OR 1 tablespoon Vietnamese-style chili garlic sauce, optional


  1. Rinse ribs and cut into serving size pieces.
  2. Place ribs in a large sauce pot, add water, crushed garlic cloves, crushed ginger, and Hawaiian salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 1 hour or until ribs are tender; drain and cool.
  4. Combine sugar, ketchup, shoyu, sake, minced garlic, minced ginger and red pepper flakes or chili garlic sauce.
  5. Marinate ribs overnight.
  6. Grill or broil ribs, about 5 to 10 minutes on each side.

Makes 4 servings.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving (based on 3 pounds of ribs):
850 calories, 48 g fat, 18 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, greater than 3500 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 42 g sugar, 51 g protein


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