Char Siu Pork Riblets

4 Servings
1 hr 30 min

The flavor of char siu pork is every Asian kids favorite growing up. The sweet and the savory. The lean and the fatty bits. There is just something very alluring about fatty pork that I just cannot resist. Who else agrees with me?The charred pieces are definitely the ones that everyone fights over. Nowadays char siu from any Chinese BBQ shop does not come cheap. It’s not surprising given the rising cost of food these days. But sometimes, the craving strikes and you just need to satisfy yourself. Instead of running out to buy some, you can easily make these ribs at home.

These char siu pork riblets are incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is marinate them for as little as half an hour or overnight. And, then just pop them into the oven. They get a bit of a char from the broiler which makes the irresistible. They are pretty hands off and makes for an easy and delicious dinner. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 80 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 min
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  • 2 lbs pork riblets
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper 
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps hoisin sauce
  • 1.5 tbsps ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp five spice powder
  • 2 tbsps brown sugar 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsps honey

Add all the ingredients except for the honey into a bowl.
Mix the ribs well and ensure they are well coated. Marinate for 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with foil and then parchment.
Place the ribs in the pan along with any remaining marinade.
Bake for a hour.
Increase the oven to 400F. Flip the ribs and bake for another 8 minutes. Flip and bake for another 8 minutes.
Turn the broiler on. Drizzle 1 tbsp honey over the ribs and broil, watching closely. You want a bit of a char but you don’t want them burnt. Flip. Drizzle the remaining tbsp of honey over the ribs and broil the other side.
Remove from the oven and enjoy!
  • Thatsagoodidea Thatsagoodidea on May 31, 2022

    Is there a substitute for dark soy sauce? I only have regular soy. Sub would need to be gluten free also. Looks tasty. Just trying to replicate as close as possible

  • Think of dark soy sauce like a caramelized soy sauce so it is darker and sweeter. If you don’t have it, I would sub additional soy and adjust the sugar level. The thing you will be missing is more of a darker color but I don’t think taste will be affected too much.

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    • Let me know if you try it with molasses. I am interested to see how it turns out. You might need to add some additional soy or salt to balance the flavors.