Asian-style ribs

Serves: 4-6 sharing
Preparation time: 2 hour 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes


For the brine:

2 litres (31/2 pints) water
200g (7oz) salt
1kg (21/4lb) pork rack of loin ribs

For the marinade:

210g (71/4oz) soy sauce
45g (11/2oz) rice vinegar
130g (41/2oz) golden caster sugar
30g (11/4oz) rice wine
50g (2oz) orange juice
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3⁄4 tsp chilli flakes
100ml (31/2floz) chicken stock
20g (3/4oz) ginger, finely chopped

To serve:

Sesame seeds and toasted
salad onions, finely sliced


1 For the brine: place 1 litre of the water in a pan and allow to come to a boil. Add the salt and whisk until fully dissolved. Remove from the heat and add a further 1 litre of water. Allow to cool completely.

2 Place the brine in a container, add the ribs and place a lid on top. Place the ribs in the fridge for 1 hour.

3 Meanwhile, mix together all of the marinade ingredients, except the ginger, and place in a bowl. Once the ribs have been brined, place them in the marinade (covered) and in the fridge for at least an hour.

4 Transfer the ribs into a pan with the marinade, allow to come to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 1 hour or until tender. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, add the chopped ginger.

5 Finish the ribs on a hot barbecue for 5-10 minutes, and brush regularly with the thickened marinade. Remove the ribs from the barbecue and sprinkle with the sesame seeds and salad onions before serving.

Recipe and image courtesy of Ultimate Heston BBQ range. 

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