Better-Than-Takeout Chinese BBQ Spareribs
Servings Prep Time
4 – 6 servings 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4 – 6 servings 5minutes
Cook Time
Sauce Mixture:
  • 3tbsp grated fresh gingeror ginger paste
  • 8 garlic clovesminced
  • 1cup honey
  • 3/4cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 3/4cup soy sauce
  • 1/2cup Water
  • 1/2cup rice wineor dry sherry
  • 2tsp chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1tsp white pepper
  • 1tsp red food coloring(optional but more authentic looking)
Better-Than-Takeout Chinese BBQ Spareribs:
  • 2lbs racks St. Louis-style spareribscut into individual ribs, 2 ½ – 3 each
  • 2tbsp toasted sesame oil
  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.