Char Sui BBQ Ribs
4 hr 5 min
(includes resting time)
35 min
6 servings
4 hr 5 min
(includes resting time)
35 min
6 servings


Creole Seasoning (can substitute other Creole seasoning):
  • 5 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup salt 
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder 
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder 
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano 
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme 
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 2 (2 1/2-pound) slabs St. Louis or baby back pork ribs 
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce 
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup Shaoxing rice wine (or pale dry sherry) 
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons honey 
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese chili garlic sauce (tuong ot toi) 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic 
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger 


For the Creole seasoning: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients thoroughly. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Yields about 1 1/2 cups.

For the ribs: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the Chinese five-spice powder, 2 tablespoons of the Creole seasoning, and the ground ginger.

Lay each slab of ribs, meaty side up, on a piece of aluminum foil that is long enough to wrap it up completely. Rub the ribs on both sides with the spice mixture, using it all up. Wrap the ribs well, sealing all the edges of the foil to make an airtight packet. Place the packets in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake until the meat is so tender you can pull it off the bone, about 3 hours.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (including the remaining 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder) and blend until smooth. (The sauce yields 2 cups.)

After 3 hours, remove the ribs from the oven, open the foil packets, and baste the ribs with the sauce. Return the ribs to the oven, uncovered, and cook for 15 minutes longer. Baste the ribs again and return to the oven until they look glossy, about another 15 minutes.

Remove the ribs from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut the slabs into individual ribs and serve with the remaining sauce.

This recipe has been updated and may differ from what was originally published or broadcast.

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