Honey-Glazed Spareribs


These crispy, sweet-and-spicy pork spareribs are a hundred times better than Chinese takeout char siu ribs, and they’re a particularly good example of what’s so great about using a pressure cooker. Pork spareribs typically require very slow cooking—usually braising—to tenderize them before grilling. A pressure cooker does that braising in a fraction of the time. Slideshow: Pressure Cooker Tips 

Honey-Glazed Spareribs
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped peeled fresh ginger

  • 6 garlic cloves

  • 3/4 cup honey

  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or Chinese chile-garlic sauce

  • 2 racks pork spareribs or baby back ribs (4 pounds), halved lengthwise


  1. In a blender, combine the hoisin sauce with the soy sauce, molasses, ginger, garlic and 1/2 cup of the honey and puree until smooth. Add the sambal oelek and pulse to combine.

  2. Cut the spareribs into 3-rib sections and transfer to a pressure cooker. Add the hoisin puree and let stand, turning the ribs occasionally, for 45 minutes.

  3. Add 1/4 cup of water to the cooker. Cover and cook at high pressure for 20 minutes.

  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Run cold water over the pressure cooker to release the pressure. Transfer the ribs to the prepared baking sheet, meaty side up. Boil the cooking juices until reduced to 2 cups, about 5 minutes. Transfer the hoisin pan sauce to a bowl.

  5. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 inches from the heat. Brush the ribs all over with the remaining 1/4 cup of honey and broil, turning once, until the ribs are glazed and browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the rib sections to a cutting board and slice them into individual ribs. Serve the ribs with the hoisin pan sauce.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, black cherry-scented Shiraz.

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