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Honey Garlic Ribs

Honey Garlic Ribs: A Culinary Delight for Every Occasion


Delve into the world of irresistible flavors with Honey Garlic Ribs—a dish that marries the sweetness of honey with the savory punch of soy sauce and the subtle tang of vinegar. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe promises to deliver tender, succulent ribs that are perfect for any gathering or weeknight dinner.



For the Ribs:

  • 4 pounds pork spareribs: Choose meaty spareribs for optimal flavor and juiciness.
  • 1/2 cup honey: Provides natural sweetness and caramelization during cooking.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce: Adds depth of umami flavor and a hint of saltiness.
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar: Balances the sweetness with a touch of acidity.
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar: Enhances the caramelization and adds richness.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced: Infuses the marinade with aromatic garlic goodness.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda: Helps tenderize the ribs for melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt: Adds extra garlic flavor and seasoning.


Marinating the Ribs:

  1. Preparation: Start by trimming any excess fat from the ribs and removing the membrane for easier eating.
  2. Marinade: In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine honey, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, minced garlic, baking soda, and garlic salt. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved and the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Coating: Add the ribs to the marinade, ensuring each piece is evenly coated. For best results, marinate the ribs in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight if time permits. This allows the flavors to penetrate the meat deeply.

Cooking Methods:

Oven Method:
  1. Preheat: Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  2. Baking: Place the marinated ribs on the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they are in a single layer. Cover tightly with another sheet of foil to seal in moisture.
  3. Slow Roast: Bake the ribs for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and begins to pull away from the bones. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, remove the top foil to allow the ribs to caramelize and develop a beautiful glaze.
Grill Method:
  1. Prepare Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat for direct grilling.
  2. Grilling: Remove the ribs from the marinade and reserve any excess marinade for basting. Grill the ribs over indirect heat for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, turning occasionally and basting with the reserved marinade to keep them moist and flavorful. The ribs are ready when they are nicely charred on the outside and tender on the inside.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Resting: Allow the cooked ribs to rest for a few minutes before slicing them between the bones into individual servings. This ensures the juices redistribute within the meat for maximum flavor.
  • Garnish: Optionally, garnish the ribs with chopped green onions, sesame seeds, or a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for added freshness and visual appeal.

Cook’s Tips:

  • Tenderizing Tip: The addition of baking soda in the marinade helps tenderize the ribs, resulting in a more tender and juicy bite.
  • Flavor Enhancement: For a spicier kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a splash of sriracha sauce to the marinade.


  • Asian-Inspired: Substitute soy sauce with teriyaki sauce and add grated ginger and a splash of rice vinegar for a unique Asian twist.
  • Smoky Flavor: Enhance the smokiness by adding a few drops of liquid smoke to the marinade or using smoked soy sauce.

Keto and Low-Carb Options:

  • Keto Version: Replace honey with a keto-friendly sweetener like erythritol or a sugar-free honey substitute to reduce carb content.
  • Low-Carb Version: Use low-sodium soy sauce and reduce or omit brown sugar for a lower carb count while still enjoying the flavors of this dish.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Can I use baby back ribs instead of spareribs? A: Yes, baby back ribs work well with this recipe. Adjust cooking time accordingly as they may cook faster.


Q: How do I know when the ribs are done? A: The ribs are done when the meat is tender and easily pulls away from the bone with a fork.


Q: Can I make these ribs ahead of time? A: Yes, you can marinate the ribs overnight and cook them the next day. They also reheat well and can be enjoyed as leftovers.


Indulge in the succulent flavors of Honey Garlic Ribs—perfectly balanced with sweet, savory, and tangy elements. This recipe is designed to elevate your dining experience with its tender, juicy ribs that melt in your mouth. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or a cozy family dinner, these ribs are guaranteed to be a hit. Embrace the simplicity and deliciousness of homemade ribs that bring everyone together around the table.