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Honey Barbecue Ribs

Honey Barbecue Ribs that are fall off the bone tender and so full of flavor. They’re perfect for weeknights or weekend dinners with family or friends.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Filipino
Keyword: baby back ribs, barbecue, honey glazed
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Mia


  • kilos pork ribs
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 pcs star anise
  • tsp cinnamon powder or 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt and pepper seasoning


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. Just slide your fingers around the side to loosen it up and rip it right off. Cut the racks into manageable pieces and wash thoroughly.
  • Heat cooking oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry ribs until brown in color and no more blood are coming from the ribs. NOTE: You can fry in batches if you don't have a big enough pan. Set Aside
  • Using the same oil from frying the ribs, carefully transfer in a big cooking pot. Saute ginger until fragrant then add star anise and cinnamon. Stir for a couple of seconds until aromatic. Add garlic and onion and saute until cooked.
  • Add water, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, honey, hoisin sauce, sugar, soy sauce, ketchup and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the ribs and mix in the sauce to coat. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 1 and ½ hours or when meat is tender and falls off the bone.
  • Check sauce if thick and adjust seasoning according to preferred sweetness or saltiness. NOTE: If the ribs are already done but the sauce is not thick enough. Remove ribs first and let the sauce reduce and thicken. When the sauce is thick, add the ribs again and let cook for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer in a serving dish and enjoy. Bon Appetit!