Mouthwatering Hoisin Ribs Recipe for BBQ Lovers

Are you looking for a mouthwatering, gluten-free and organic dish that is both easy to prepare and packed with flavor? Look no further than my Hoisin Ribs recipe! As a nutritionist cum food blogger, I am passionate about creating delicious dishes that are healthy and nutritious. In this article, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of preparing these succulent ribs, and share some tips and tricks for achieving perfect results every time.

Hoisin sauce is one of the two staples in an Asian kitchen (the other being soy sauce). However, traditional hoisin sauce often contains wheat, making it off-limits for those on a Gluten-free diet. But fear not, because my recipe offers a gluten-free alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste.

These ribs are slow-cooked to perfection in a sticky hoisin-glazed sauce that is rich with Chinese five spice powder, rice vinegar, honey, brown sugar, garlic cloves, ginger and other healthy organic ingredients. The end result is a perfect combination of sweet, savory and tangy flavours that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Whether you’re cooking for yourself or hosting dinner guests, these Hoisin Ribs are sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. So go ahead and get creative in the kitchen – this gluten-free recipe is bound to become an instant classic!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hoisin Ribs (Gluten Free)
Hoisin Ribs (Gluten Free)

Are you in the mood for a flavor-packed dish that is also healthy and gluten-free? Look no further than these Hoisin Ribs!

This dish is perfect for anyone who loves Asian flavors and savory meats, as it combines succulent beef or pork ribs with hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and Chinese five spice. And the best part? With this recipe, you can have all of these amazing flavors without sacrificing your health or dietary restrictions.

What makes this recipe truly special is its versatility – it’s the perfect addition to any summer BBQ or winter dinner party, and pairs well with a variety of sides from rice to roasted vegetables.

Not only is this recipe delicious, it’s also flexible – feel free to experiment with different types of meat or mix up the flavor by adding your own spices. Plus, these ribs can be made ahead and reheated for easy meals throughout the week.

So, whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner cook, trying out new dishes or sticking to tried-and-true classics, you’ll love these Hoisin Ribs for their unbeatable taste and healthy ingredients. Give them a try today and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to sink your teeth into these sticky and sweet Hoisin ribs
Get ready to sink your teeth into these sticky and sweet Hoisin ribs

Here are the ingredients you will need to make these delicious Hoisin Ribs:


  • 4 pounds beef or pork ribs (baby back, spare or short ribs)

Hoisin Sauce

  • 1 cup hoisin sauce (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Chinese Five Spice Powder

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder

Marinade for Spare Ribs

  • 2 tbsp Chang Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chang Lee Kum Kee light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Garnish Options (Optional)

  • Green Onions, thinly sliced (for garnish)
  • Cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

These ingredients should be available at your local supermarket or Asian grocery store. Be sure to check labels carefully to ensure you are purchasing gluten-free ingredients if necessary.

The Recipe How-To

 Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs slathered with a rich Hoisin glaze
Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs slathered with a rich Hoisin glaze

Now that you have all the ingredients, it is time to start cooking! This recipe can be made in a slow cooker or under the broiler or grill. Here are the steps to achieve perfection with your hoisin ribs.

Step 1: Prepare the ribs

First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Then, place the ribs on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. If you prefer a spicier flavor, add some red curry paste and ground cumin.

Step 2: Mix the saucy goodness

In a small bowl, mix together hoisin sauce, soya sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar. Feel free to adjust the ratio of ingredients according to your preferences.

Step 3: Slather the marinate

Brush the saucy goodness mixture onto both sides of your ribs generously. Make sure each rib is coated evenly.

Step 4: Let it become sticky

Place your ribs in ilne baking pan or slow cooker and let them cook for 2-3 hours until they’re tender. Constantly baste them every few minutes so that they become nice and sticky.

Step 5: Grill or broil

If you want to add some caramelized char on your ribs: Preheat your grill or turn on your broiler high heat, then transfer your ribs over from the slow cooker pan onto the rack or lined broiling pan. Be careful, they will be tender at this point. Brush extra marinade on top one last time before grilling or broiling each side for about 3-4 minutes.

Now you can serve up these delicious gluten-free hoisin ribs with sesame seeds for garnishing, paired with your favorite veggies, rice bowl or noodle dish. Happy cooking!

Substitutions and Variations

 Deliciously gluten-free, these ribs are perfect for satisfying your cravings without any worry
Deliciously gluten-free, these ribs are perfect for satisfying your cravings without any worry

Making substitutions in a recipe can lead to an entirely different dish, which can be exciting and delicious. Here are some substitutions and variations for the Hoisin Ribs (Gluten Free) recipe that you can try:

– Meat: Beef ribs or short ribs can be used instead of pork ribs. They have a rich meaty flavor and will taste great with the hoisin sauce. Additionally, you could use spare ribs or baby back ribs instead of pork ribs.

– Gluten-free Hoisin Sauce: If you can’t find gluten-free hoisin sauce in stores, you can make your own at home. Use soy sauce and molasses to create a similar taste to hoisin sauce.

– Spices: Chinese five spice powder is a key ingredient in this recipe, but not everyone may have it in their pantry. To replace it, use a combination of ground star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, and black pepper.

– Vinegar: Rice vinegar adds a tangy flavor to the dish, but if you don’t have it on hand, apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar can be used as a substitute.

– Sweetener: Brown sugar or honey can be substituted for the sugar in the recipe. Keep in mind that honey will give the dish a slightly different sweetness than sugar.

– Slow Cooker Method: To make this recipe in the slow cooker, cook the ribs on low heat for 8 hours. This method is perfect if you want to come home to fall-off-the-bone tender ribs.

– Vegan Ribs: If you are vegan, try substituting the meat with Jackfruit. Jackfruit has a texture similar to meat and works well with flavorings like hoisin sauce and five-spice powder.

By experimenting with these substitutions and variations, you can create new flavor combinations that cater to your preferences. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your ingredients!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect balance of savory and sweet in every bite
The perfect balance of savory and sweet in every bite

One of the reasons why I love this hoisin ribs recipe is because of its versatility in serving and pairing. The juicy and tender meat pairs perfectly with a variety of side dishes and beverages.

For a classic Asian flair, pair the hoisin ribs with stir-fried vegetables or steamed rice. You can also serve it with a refreshing cucumber salad to balance out the richness of the dish. A chilled glass of green tea or an ice-cold beer would be the perfect accompaniment.

If you’re looking for a more Western twist, serve your hoisin ribs with roasted potatoes or grilled corn on the cob. The smokiness of the grill will complement the sweetness and tanginess of the hoisin sauce. A full-bodied red wine or an iced tea with lemon would be ideal to wash it all down.

No matter what your choice of pairing is, this dish is a crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone satisfied and happy.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The ultimate party food that will make your guests lick their fingers clean
The ultimate party food that will make your guests lick their fingers clean

Hoisin ribs are one of those dishes that taste even better the next day after all the flavors have had a chance to blend together. Making them ahead of time can be a lifesaver for busy weeknights and they make great leftovers for lunch the next day. In this section, I will share with you my tips and recommendations on how to prepare hoisin ribs in advance, store them properly, and reheat them without compromising their texture or taste.

If you want to make these ribs ahead of time, I recommend cooking them fully and then storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. This way you can simply reheat them when you are ready to serve. To reheat your ribs, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C), cover your ribs with aluminum foil, and bake for about 15-20 minutes until heated through.

For longer-term storage, you can also freeze hoisin ribs by wrapping them well in plastic wrap and then freezing them inside an airtight container or freezer bag. When you are ready to use them, just thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before reheating as instructed above.

If you plan on using a slow cooker or sous vide method to cook these ribs, I recommend cooking them fully and then refrigerating or freezing once they have cooled down.

The secret to maintaining the perfect texture of hoisin ribs is in reheating them properly. Avoid reheating these ribs in the microwave as it can make them tough and rubbery. Instead, I suggest reheating them in the oven or on the stovetop to ensure they stay moist and tender.

In conclusion, hoisin ribs are a delicious dish that is perfect for making ahead of time or storing leftovers. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your hoisin ribs remain juicy and flavorful no matter when or how you choose to consume them.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who says you can't indulge in tasty ribs while maintaining a healthy diet?
Who says you can’t indulge in tasty ribs while maintaining a healthy diet?

Now that you have all the ingredients for this delicious Hoisin Ribs recipe, it’s time to dive into some tips and tricks to ensure a perfect finish. Here are some key suggestions:

1. Marination is essential

Marinating your ribs will help infuse the flavor in the meat and make it more tender. You can marinate them overnight or for at least 2 hours before cooking. The longer you marinate, the better!

2. Choose the right cut of meat

When it comes to ribs, different cuts can impact the taste and texture of the dish. Beef ribs and pork spare ribs are great options, but if you are looking for something more tender, baby back ribs may be a better choice.

3. Keep an eye on the cooking time

Cooking times can vary depending on the thickness of your ribs so it’s important to keep an eye on them as they cook. Aim for around 2-3 hours in the oven (or 6-8 hours in a slow cooker on low). To check if your ribs are done, check if they easily fall off the bone with a fork.

4. Use high and low heats

To achieve tender, juicy meat try using both high and low heat while cooking. Start by cooking on high heat to give your ribs a good sear, then lower the temperature to slowly cook them through without drying them out.

5. Be generous with glaze

Hoisin sauce is the star of this recipe, so be generous with your glaze! Adding extra sauce towards the end of cooking will give your ribs that mouth-watering sticky texture and intense flavor.

With these handy tips under your belt, you’re sure to impress your guests with perfectly cooked gluten-free Hoisin Ribs every time!


Now that you have learned how to cook the perfect gluten-free hoisin ribs, it’s time to address some of the most commonly asked questions about this recipe. In this section, I’ll answer all your queries, giving you the confidence to serve these ribs with ease and impress your family and friends with your culinary skills. So, whether you’re unsure about substitutions or pairing suggestions, read on to find answers to some frequently asked questions on this recipe.

Is hoisin sauce normally gluten-free?

Hoisin sauce is commonly made with wheat flour and soy sauce, both of which contain gluten. This means that individuals with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease may need to avoid commercially produced hoisin sauce.

Can celiac eat hoisin sauce?

Hoisin Sauce is a widely used condiment in Chinese cuisine known for its combination of sweet and savoury flavours. This versatile sauce is perfect for marinating meats, stir-frying vegetables, and mixing into various sauces. It is also a great option for those who are gluten intolerant. The sauce’s distinctive taste makes it ideal for adding depth of flavour to classic and modern dishes alike.

Are Chinese BBQ ribs gluten-free?

Gluten-free dining at restaurants can limit your options, especially for dishes like sticky asian ribs which typically contain regular soy sauce that contains gluten. But don’t fret, as it’s possible to satisfy those cravings by whipping up a batch of tender and delightful gluten-free sticky asian ribs in your own kitchen.

Are Chinese pork spare ribs gluten-free?

In this recipe article, I’ll be sharing my take on Chinese-Style Spare Ribs that are perfect for those following a Paleo or gluten-free lifestyle. These succulent ribs are seasoned with a flavorful spice rub and then glazed with a delightfully sticky sauce. Plus, they can either be slow-cooked or made in an Instant Pot for convenience.

Bottom Line

this irresistible hoisin ribs recipe, and you’ll discover the superb taste of gluten-free, dairy-free, and organic food. With the perfect balance of flavors coming from the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and Chinese five spice, these ribs are sure to win over your taste buds. Moreover, this recipe is incredibly simple to make whether you’re grilling, oven baking or slow cooking. So what are you waiting for? Get into your pantry and start cooking these hoisin ribs and discover why Asian cuisine is so loved by many.

But don’t just take my word for it. Try this recipe yourself, and I’m confident it will become one of your go-to meals. With easy substitutions and variations available to customize the recipe according to your taste buds, these ribs can be as versatile as you want them to be. Additionally, I provided tips on how to get perfect results every time, serving suggestions to pair with sides or drinks, as well as make-ahead and storing instructions.

Finally, if you’re not familiar with hoisin sauce or Chinese five spice powder, this recipe is an excellent introduction to two staples in any Asian cuisine lover’s kitchen. Better yet, this recipe eliminates the need for wheat-based hoisin sauce by providing a gluten-free alternative. Trust me when I say that this sauce works perfectly with sticky Asian ribs or glazed pork ribs.

In conclusion, this gluten-free hoisin ribs recipe is a must-try if you love Asian food or are looking for an easy main course that everyone will enjoy. So roll up your sleeves and let’s get cooking!

Hoisin Ribs (Gluten Free)

Hoisin Ribs (Gluten Free) Recipe

These succulent ribs are guaranteed to please your guests.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Calories 207.6 kcal


  • 1 1/2 kg beef ribs
  • 1 cup premier japan gluten free hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons nakano original gluten free rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons kikkoman gluten free soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 tablespoons gluten free asian thai kitchen hot red curry paste
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Whisk all the marinade ingredients together and set aside.
  • Trim any excess fat off the ribs; cut into serving sizes.
  • In a large pot, cover the ribs with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim off any foam.
  • Drain and pat the ribs dry with paper towel.
  • Place the cooled ribs into the marinade, turn to evenly coat; cover with saran and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  • Lightly butter a casserole dish, add the ribs and marinade, cover with foil.
  • Bake @375F for 45 minutes, uncover and bake another 10 minutes.
  • Tip - to marinade evenly put the ribs and marinade into a heavy ziplock bag.
  • This recipe is also excellent for pork ribs.
  • Alternate cooking method - reserving marinade, place the ribs on a grill over medium high heat; close the lid and grill, basting occasionally until crusty and brown, about 10 minutes.
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Serving: 108gCalories: 207.6kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 3.4gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 1.9mgSodium: 2119.3mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 31.4g
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