Oven Baby Back Ribs with Hoisin BBQ Sauce (OXO Recipe Contest Winner!)

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These ribs, slow-baked in a delicious hoisin sauce until the meat falls off the bone, are some of the best ribs I’ve ever had.

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A big thank you to everyone who participated in my OXO recipe contest! I received many wonderful recipes but these baby back ribs with an Asian flair won me over. Slow-baked in a delicious hoisin barbecue sauce until the meat falls off the bone, they’re some of the best ribs I’ve ever tasted. Congrats to Ellen from McLean, Virginia for submitting the recipe!

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The recipe is easy, you just have to think ahead because the meat needs a long time to marinate and cook.

How to make them

Begin by preparing the meat. The first step is to remove the membrane that coats the underside of the ribs. If possible, ask your butcher to do this for you. Otherwise, loosen it with a butter knife and peel it off. If you’re lucky, it will come off in one piece. Sometimes it’s a little stubborn; if it shreds, you’ll have to pull it off in bits and pieces. This ensures the ribs will be nice and tender.

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Next, trim away any excess fat or flaps of meat. Ellen suggests trimming any scrappy meat off the ends of the racks and scraping away any large areas of fat. The smaller areas of fat will render during the cooking process and also add flavor and moisture. Finally, cut the racks in half so they’re easier to handle.

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Make the barbecue sauce. Be sure to use a good quality hoisin sauce such as Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee; it’s the main ingredient and makes a big difference.

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Place the ribs on a baking sheet lined with heavy duty aluminum foil. (The foil is important, otherwise you’ll be soaking the pan for days afterward.) Reserve some of the sauce and use the rest to coat the ribs. Cover the pan tightly with foil and let marinate for at least four hours or overnight.

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Cook the ribs in a low oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until just tender.

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Baste generously with the reserved sauce, then turn up the heat and finish cooking for about 30 minutes more.

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Let cool slightly, then slice into individual ribs and enjoy. They’re sticky and messy — in a good way — so serve with plenty of napkins!

One last note: Ellen says these ribs are also delicious finished on the grill. After cooking them in the oven for 1½ hours, she throws them on the grill, basting occasionally with the reserved barbecue sauce. I didn’t try it myself but imagine it’s very good.

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Oven Baby Back Ribs with Hoisin BBQ Sauce

These ribs, slow-baked in a delicious hoisin sauce until the meat falls off the bone, are some of the best ribs I’ve ever had.

Servings: 4


  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs (4-5 pounds), membrane removed (see note below)
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce, best quality such as Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce (preferably Heinz)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons dry Sherry
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian/toasted sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Make the hoisin barbecue sauce by combining all of the ingredients except for the ribs in a medium bowl.
  2. Trim any excess fat or flaps of meat and cut racks in half into 6- to 7-rib sections. Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Place the rib racks on the baking sheet. Reserve 1 cup of the sauce and pour the rest over the rib racks. Coat both sides of racks evenly with sauce and arrange in a single layer, meaty sides up. Cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil and refrigerate for a minimum of four hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place the covered ribs in the oven and bake, undisturbed, for 1½ hours. Remove the ribs from the oven and carefully remove the foil (the steam will be very hot and can burn). Using a pastry brush or back of a spoon, coat the racks generously with the reserved barbecue sauce. Turn the oven heat up to 350 degrees. Return pan to the oven, uncovered, and cook until the ribs are tender and starting to brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool briefly before cutting in-between the ribs to serve.
  4. Note: Ask your butcher to remove the white membrane on the underside of the ribs. If you need to remove it yourself, loosen it at the edge with a butter knife and peel it off (if it's slippery, grab it with a paper towel). Note that there appears to be another layer of membrane underneath the one you remove; you shouldn't remove it as it's what holds the meat and bones together.

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Reviews & Comments

  • Fabulous! Directions are perfect. My husband and I loved these ribs. Sides were spicy cole slaw and sweet potatoes. Looking forward to making this dish again. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

    • — JG on June 24, 2021
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  • I bought the cookbook and have made recipes from this site, all with 5-star reviews. This one, however, was just not my favorite. I think it doesn’t have to do with the recipe itself but just that I don’t care for oven ribs. Give me the smoke!

    The sauce, though, is 5-star. I plan on using it for other things.

    • — Jeremy on March 18, 2021
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  • My husband and daughter really liked these ribs. Made them for Valentine’s Day, along with twice baked potatoes and a broccoli salad and they were a big hit. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

    • — vivian on February 14, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I Made the mistake of buying side ribs. Is there anything I should do differently with this recipe?

    • — Deborah on October 25, 2020
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    • Hi Deborah, Spare ribs are bigger so you’ll likely need to cook them a bit longer. Just keep an eye on them. They’re done when they’re tender. Hope you enjoy and please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on October 26, 2020
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  • Marinade was very good. I did finish the ribs off on the grill which added a lil char and made the appearance look good. Definitely a keeper recipe.

    • — Michael Lacrouts on August 4, 2020
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  • The ribs were fantastic, everyone it the family loved it. my son request for me to make it again. Side dishes were caesar salad and fried potato wedges.

    • — Althea Jensen on May 30, 2020
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  • These are so delicious (as all your recipes)! I wanted to know if you can freeze these? And would it be better after cooked or just freeze in the marinade? The package of ribs is pretty big so I would normally divide it into 2 meals.

    • — margot on April 16, 2020
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    • Hi Margot, I’ve never frozen these cooked or uncooked, but if you want to freeze them, I’d suggest freezing them uncooked in the marinade. Hope that helps! 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 16, 2020
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  • Very tasty. I did away with the chili, since we did not want it to be very hot, and the dry Sherry, as we did not have the ingredient. Easy and quick recipe

    • — Robert Noronha on March 8, 2020
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  • Delicious! This is great, so easy to prepare and was a big hit, I have made it twice so far. The last batch lasted two days but I doubled the sauce so I poured the extra on when I reheated the ribs and they were perfect. Served with the Thai crunch salad, which was also very good and that held up very well second day, too. I actually enjoyed the slaw even more the second day. I am a huge fan of your Asian kale salad and it has a similar taste. I love trying new recipes but HATE money spent, time wasted on a bad one….that has never happened with any of your recipes, they always turn out great!

  • Hi Jen,
    Can these ribs be done on the grill and, if so, would you mind giving specific instructions?

    Also, we’re thinking of having some shrimp on the grill as well. What would some good sides and salads be to go with ribs and shrimp.

    Thanks in advance!

    Joan Ollendorf

    • — Joan Ollendorf
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    • Hi Joan, I would recommend using a combination of the oven and grill for the ribs. After removing them from the oven after 1 1/2 hours, I’d put them on the grill over medium heat. Grill the ribs on each side for 15 minutes. Flip when necessary, for 30 minutes total. I’d baste them with the reserved BBQ sauce during the last 5 to 10 minutes of grilling time. Please LMK how they turn out!

  • Hi, love these ribs. Could you please confirm if these can be made ahead and reheated?
    Thanks very much…

    • Hi Kim, Glad you like these! I think that would work. I’d reheat them in the oven covered with foil until heated through and then pull the foil off to let them crisp up for a few minutes.

  • Made this over Christmas break. Used less sweetness than directed, as per personal taste. They were very yummy!

  • So happy with this recipe! So easy and foolproof!! Usually when I follow recipes, it doesn’t turn out the way I had hoped, but this one hits it right on the mark!! Delicious looking and tasting. Will become my go to recipe for ribs. I didn’t have rice vinegar and skipped the chili sauce because of my children and it still turned out wonderful. I only had 2 lbs of ribs so I halved the recipe and the sauce quantity was just right. Thank you so much Jenn! I stumbled upon this blog searching for an asian rib recipe and so glad I found it. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

  • Kids that usually like ribs were not a fan and I thought it was a little too sweet, but my husband enjoyed them.

  • These were yummy. Substituted sriracha chili sauce because that’s all I had, and they were delicious!!! I added a little less so the spice wouldn’t overtake the meat and it was great. Also didn’t have the sesame oil so used olive oil and it was still perfect. Everyone ate them which is a huge accomplishment in my household of five. Thank you Jenn, for your site. The recipes are consistently delicious and never have to worry that something new I’m trying will turn out bad. Love trying all your recipes!!!!! You also are always so kind, which makes your site even better. 🙂

  • These ribs were flavorful and tender with a touch of Asian flavor that I enjoyed. Easy to make, still, they do not compare with your Bar B Q Short Ribs which are my favorite . This Asian sauce could definitely be used to make the short ribs if you prefer this sauce and beef ribs instead of the Pork ribs. I prefer the beef.

    • Hi Kathy. We all have our personal tastes. You prefer beef ribs over pork. That’s your choice, but please don’t rate a recipe lower because of your choice of protein. The fact that this recipe would be good on beef as well as pork should be a positive, rather than a reason to downgrade from 5 to 3 stars . Your bad review affects Jenn.

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  • I made this last night and it was close to perfect. Just a little too sweet for our taste. Next time I’ll cut down on the honey.

    Thanks for another great recipe Jenn!

  • Would it work to cook these in a slow cooker rather than in the oven? Any suggestions on how long?

    • Hi Katie, I think you could use a slow cooker for these. I almost never use one so I’m not certain about timing, but I think you should be fine with cooking them for 6-8 hours on low or for 3-4 hours on high, until the ribs are tender. I’d love to hear how they turn out if you prepare them this way!

  • Do you cook the ribs covered in the


    • Hi Carol, you bake the ribs, covered, at 300 degrees for 90 minutes; then you (carefully!) remove the foil, increase the oven temp to 350, and return them to the oven for 30 more minutes. Enjoy!

  • Was looking forward to great ribs based on the reviews but I did not care for this recipe. I made the recipe as written, no substitutions. I found the hoisin and chili-sauce based sauce “off putting” in flavor; nothing like a traditional rib. Hubby did not like them either. On a positive note, the ribs were tender.

  • Hello, I was wondering what can I substitute for sherry? I have beer, cognac, tequila, vodka, white wine if it helps. I also have chicken broth but i like the added flavors of the alcohol. Thank you

    • A – You could use marsala or vermouth.

  • I’m a young chef that doesn’t drink and do not have wines in my house , any suggestions for a substitute for the sherry or can I just leave it out?

    • Hi Morgan, Try beef or chicken broth — it will still be delicious 🙂

  • Hi Jenn
    Do you have any suggested side dishes for your BBQ ribs with Hoisin sauce?

    • Hi Susan, I think it would be delicious with my Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts or Asian Slaw.

  • Would this recipe work for beef ribs? Or would you suggest a different beef cut?

    • Hi Elizabeth, Yes, I think it would. Enjoy!

  • Hi I love this recipe but am wondering what temp to cook ribs at?


    From Australia !!!

    • Hi Mark, The cook temp is 300°F. Hope you enjoy!

  • Do you have any suggested side dishes for this recipe? Making over the Labor Day weekend for family.

  • After you peel a small part of the membrane away at thinner end of b&b ribs use a paper towel to help you get a good grip on the membrane as you pull diagonally to the other side.

  • Plan on making these for July 4th for about 30-35 people along with a chicken entree, appetizers and sides. How may lbs would you suggest?

    • Hi Jeff, Usually I’d count on about a pound per person, but since you’ll have a lot of other food as well, I think 4 ribs per person (or about 1/3 a rack) would be good.

  • Ribs – the messier the better! I stuck with the Asian influence and served with Thai cucumber salad and veggie fried rice. Yum!!

  • We love ribs…. all kinds of ribs! So glad you specified Heinz chili sauce – there are so many different kinds of chili sauce… sweet, hot, thai… never know which one I need.

  • what’s not to love about a gooey bbq sauce…these ribs were delicious and left my family wanting for more.

  • This is getting added to my recipe book. I LOVE Hoison!

  • This looks amazing

  • Can cream sherry be used in place of dry?

    • Hi Martha, It’s better to use dry, as cream sherry could make the sauce too sweet.

  • These were AMAZING!! Best oven cooked ribs ever and the sauce was perfect!! Thanks!

  • These were great! I ended up finding baby back ribs in a smaller package after all. The consensus was that I probably could have cooked the ribs uncovered for 45 minutes instead of 30–some were ever-so-slightly underdone for our taste—but overall these were a huge hit and I’ll definitely be making them again. The sauce was finger-licking good!

  • Jenn: I plan on making these this week, but my supermarket only has “pork back ribs” in 8- to 11-pound packages, which is way too much for us. They sell pork spare ribs in 3- to 4-pound packages, so I’m thinking of using those instead. Would I need to alter the cooking time or anything else if I’m using spare ribs? I’ve never made ribs before, so I’m not even sure what the difference between the two is…would it matter for this recipe?

    • Hi Allie, Spare ribs are bigger than baby backs so you’ll probably need to cook them a bit longer. Just keep an eye on them…they’re done when they’re tender. Hope you enjoy and please let me know how the spare ribs come out.

  • These are the best ribs I have ever had. If you want to impress your dinner guests make these! We like to finish them off on the grill for the last 20-30 minutes.

  • They are delicious!! Tried it last night, loved it!
    Great recipe

  • I made this last summer after you posted the recipe, and now all my friends request that I make it at every summer bbq/party! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • does the chili sauce make these spicy?

    • Eliana, The chili sauce does not make them spicy. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Sticky AND messy….my favorite kind of ribs!

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