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thai ribs with hot and sweet dipping sauce

Thai ribs with hot and sweet dipping sauce bring the tastes of Southeast Asia to your table. Ribs don't have to mean drowned with BBQ sauce.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 4
Calories: 442kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 2 racks of pork back ribs


  • 4-5 Tbsp cilantro roots and lower stalks - if you can't get roots just use stalks.
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4-5 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1-2 red chilies

Hot and sweet dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic - crushed
  • 1-2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • sambal oelek to taste optional


The ribs

  • Combine all the rub ingredients together in a food processor and pulse until you have a coarse paste. This may take scraping the bowl a fair bit to get it all to work if your food processor is large. Alternately, crush the dry ingredients together in a mortar and pestle, then combine with the fish sauce.
  • Coat the top of the ribs with the rub and let stand one hour at room temperature or up to four hours in the refrigerator.
  • While the ribs marinate pre-heat your grill to about 350F. Charcoal is best but if you are using a gas grill add some wood chips if you can. A bit of smoke is great here.
  • Grill the ribs until you reach an internal temperature of 190F. This will take one to one and half hours depending on how meaty your ribs are.
  • Slice the ribs individually and serve with the dipping sauce.

Hot and sweet dipping sauce

  • Combine the rice wine and sugar in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then simmer a few minutes more.
  • Off heat, add the crushed garlic and chili pepper flakes. Let stand for 10-15 minutes and taste. If you want a bit more zing add some sambal oelek.


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1830mg | Potassium: 469mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 18.1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1.5mg