Spareribs Eastern Style

Spareribs remain the ultimate BBQ dish for me! They're never as delicious in any restaurant as when I make them myself. When we have guests, I always receive compliments. Moreover, it's the perfect BBQ dish to justify a lazy Sunday, and you can be sure to eat on time. That's not always the case with, for example, pulled pork, where you rely on a core temperature. With spareribs, the cooking time is fixed. In the case of these spareribs with an Eastern twist, it's 4 hours. We deviate from the well-known 3-2-1 method, opting for a slightly higher temperature and therefore a shorter cooking time. However, the result will be equally fantastic, as these spareribs were so delicious!

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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Marinating: 12 hours
Total Time: 17 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Eastern
Keyword: eastern style spareribs, spareribs, spareribs eastern style
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 1016kcal


  • 4 racks Iberico Spareribs
  • 12 tablespoons Rub Middle East
  • 4 tablespoons BBQ Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Ketjap Manis
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 8 tablespoons Apple Juice
  • 4 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds

Overige Benodigdheden:

  • BBQ with Lid
  • Basting Brush
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Smoking Wood Chunks (optional)


  • The preparation of these spareribs starts the night before, with removing the membrane on the bone side of the spareribs and rubbing the ribs.
  • Removing the membrane is a skill you'll pick up quickly. Use the back of a knife to loosen a small piece near one of the ribs. Once you've loosened a bit, grab it firmly with kitchen paper and gently pull the rest of the membrane away.
  • If you're doing this for the first time, check the video below for a clear demonstration.
  • After removing the membrane, it's time to rub the spareribs. Do this all around, so both the meat side and the bone side of the spareribs get coated with the rub. Place each sparerib on a large piece of plastic wrap and wrap them up. Then, put them in the refrigerator and let them sit overnight.
  • On the day you're going to cook the spareribs, they'll need about 4 hours on the BBQ. So, start early by firing up the BBQ. Fire up the BBQ, opting for indirect heat and a temperature of about 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Meanwhile, take the spareribs out of the refrigerator and remove them from the plastic wrap. When the BBQ is at the right temperature, add smoking wood if desired. I didn't use them, but you can if you want to.
  • Place the spareribs (with the meat side up) on the BBQ or use a rib rack to fit more. Close the BBQ with the lid and cook the spareribs for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, mix the apple juice with the apple cider vinegar and set it aside. Also, have the aluminum foil ready.
  • After 2 hours, briefly take the spareribs of the BBQ and place each rib on its piece of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap the rib. Fold the aluminum foil but leave one side open. Then, distribute the mixture of apple juice and apple cider vinegar over the packets. Close the aluminum foil packets completely and put the spareribs back on the BBQ. Close the BBQ again with the lid and cook the spareribs for another 1.5 hours.
  • Now you have time to prepare the sauce that you'll use to glaze the spareribs later. Put a small saucepan on low heat and add the BBQ sauce, hoisin sauce, ketjap manis, and honey. Heat the ingredients and stir them together into a beautiful sauce.
  • After 1.5 hours, it's time to take the spareribs out of the aluminum foil. Briefly take them of the BBQ and carefully unwrap them. Then, place the spareribs back on the BBQ and close the BBQ with the lid. Brush the meat side of the spareribs for the first time with the sauce after 10 minutes and repeat this 10 minutes later. Sprinkle the spareribs with sesame seeds after the second glazing and cook them for another 10 minutes on the BBQ.
  • After spending a total of 4 hours on the BBQ, it's time to take the spareribs of the BBQ and enjoy your meal. Bon appétit!


Calories: 1016kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 234mg | Sodium: 628mg | Potassium: 964mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 673IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 305mg | Iron: 12mg
Eastern Style Spareribs

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