Better-Than-Takeout Chinese BBQ Spareribs
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 3
Rating: 4.67
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 85 minutes
Servings
4 - 6 servings
Ingredients
Sauce Mixture:
  • 3 tbsp grated fresh ginger or ginger paste
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tsp chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp red food coloring (optional but more authentic looking)
Better-Than-Takeout Chinese BBQ Spareribs:
  • 2 lbs racks St. Louis-style spareribs cut into individual ribs, 2 ½ - 3 each
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 85 minutes
Servings
4 - 6 servings
Ingredients
Sauce Mixture:
  • 3 tbsp grated fresh ginger or ginger paste
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tsp chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp red food coloring (optional but more authentic looking)
Better-Than-Takeout Chinese BBQ Spareribs:
  • 2 lbs racks St. Louis-style spareribs cut into individual ribs, 2 ½ - 3 each
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
Votes: 3
Rating: 4.67
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Instructions
  1. Add Sauce Mixture ingredients to the pot and whisk to combine. Add ribs and toss to coat.
  2. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  3. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 8 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the ribs from the pot to a large bowl and cover loosely with foil, reserving juices.
  6. Strain cooking liquid to remove solids (press solids to extract as much flavor as possible). Discard solids.
  7. Use a fat separator or spoon to skim fat from the liquid mixture. Discard fat.
  8. Return braising liquid to the pot. Select the SAUTE function and adjust to MORE or HIGH. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to a glaze, about 2 1/2 cups (20-25 minutes).
  9. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Set a wire rack over a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Pour 1/2 cup water in baking sheet (helps to prevent smoking).
  10. Coat half the ribs in the glaze and arrange on the rack, bone-side up. Roast 5-7 minutes, then flip and roast an additional 5-7 minutes until well-caramelized. Transfer to serving dish and repeat with remaining ribs.
  11. Serve, passing remaining glaze as a dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.

3 replies
  1. InstantDuoPot
    InstantDuoPot says:

    Awesome recipe! Will be making it again. Everyone loved it. Thank you for the recipe. It was really wonderful.

  2. Sue Marie
    Sue Marie says:

    I saw a video for this specific recipe on the IP Community FB site, but the video isn’t here. That one says 3 tbsps of ginger but this one says 2. The other difference is that the video says 2 racks of ribs and this one says “2 lbs racks “, which doesn’t make sense. Since most racks are about 2 lbs and the video doesn’t look like they are actually doing 2 racks, I’d like to know for sure.

  3. MJ Carlson
    MJ Carlson says:

    For my taste, I would reduce the 5-spice by half next time. Otherwise, loved the texture (slightly chewy), flavor, and crispy bits. Awesome.

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