This Filipino-style stovetop BBQ ribs recipe gives you barbecue perfection without the need for a backyard grill. Fall off the bone BBQ ribs for the ultimate lip-smacking deliciousness!
Living in a bustling city with limited backyard space, my love for barbecue faced an unexpected challenge. The craving for smoky, succulent ribs was ever-present, but the absence of a traditional grill seemed to put a damper on my barbecue dreams.
Luckily, I learned technique from my mother-in-law on how to barbecue pork or chicken in a pan. The simplicity of the process and the delicious outcome turned my home into a barbecue haven. Say goodbye to fussy charcoal grills and messy oven with this Filipino-style BBQ pork ribs recipe.
Why Stovetop Barbecue?
Not everyone has access to an outdoor grill, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the rich, smoky flavors of barbecue pork ribs. Stovetop cooking provides a convenient and efficient alternative, allowing you to make a batch of delectable ribs in the comfort of your kitchen. Plus, it’s a fantastic option for those rainy days when a backyard barbecue is out of the question.
Selecting the Perfect Pork Ribs:
Choose meaty baby back ribs or succulent spare ribs for optimal tenderness and flavor. Ensure the ribs are well-trimmed, removing excess fat and white membrane to enhance the overall eating experience. Armed with the right cuts, and right ingredients, you’ll be savoring the smoky goodness of perfectly cooked stovetop bbq ribs in no time.
Notes on some Ingredients
How to Serve and Store:
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Stovetop BBQ Ribs
- 1 kilo pork ribs
- 1 liter soft drink
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp honey (optional)
- Remove white membrane by turning ribs over (bones curled towards you) to reveal the membrane. It will be a piece of tissue that is thin, and shiny, and almost see-through.1 kilo pork ribs
- Get your finger or a small knife and slide it underneath the membrane from end-to-end to remove. Rinse ribs and cut into smaller sizes for easier cooking in the pan.
- In a deep, large pan or skillet add the pork ribs, soft drink, salt, pepper, ketchup, paprika, white and brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and honey.1 liter soft drink, 1/2 tbsp salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 cup tomato ketchup, 1 tbsp paprika, 3 tbsp white sugar, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 4 cloves garlic, 2 tbsp honey
- Place on a stovetop and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 20 minutes then turn the ribs over and cook for 20 minutes.
- Lower heat and continue cooking while turning the ribs until tender and sauce is reduced.
- Transfer ribs in a plate then continue simmering the sauce while stirring in low heat until thick. Transfer sauce in a bowl.
- Using the same pan over medium-high heat. Return the ribs in batches and sear sides for a few seconds or until slightly charred. You can baste with sauce to keep them moist.
- Place ribs in a serving plate and drizzle with sauce. Serve and enjoy. Bon appetit!