Pork side ribs are one of my favourite cuts of meat to enjoy with a great sauce, and this recipe is no exception. No need to dig out your barbecue from the snow for this recipe, you can make fall-off-the-bone tender ribs right in your kitchen!
Since we will putting these ribs through a fairly vigorous cooking process, there’s no need to remove the silver skin or the excess fat. Simply cut the ribs into single portions using the bones as a guide.
Put the ribs into a large pot that can handle your ribs and enough liquid to cover them.
Cut a large onion in half and add it to the pot with the ribs. I leave the skin on because I use the liquid as a broth once the ribs are done. Add two tablespoons each of minced garlic and ginger, one tbsp each of salt and pepper.
Add enough water to the pot to have about two inches of liquid above your ribs. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, and lower the heat to keep them at a low boil for 30 minutes. If you want to keep the cooking liquid for a broth, strain the ribs, reserving the liquid. Allow the ribs to drain well for about five or ten minutes while you mix your ingredients for the honey garlic sauce. Preheat your oven to 350.
In a small bowl, add two tbsp each of minced garlic and ginger (notice a theme?), 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/4 cup liquid honey, two tbsp of brown sugar, three tbsp of rice wine vinegar (white vinegar will work fine but have a lighter taste), two tbsp of corn starch and 3/4 cup of cold water. Mix the ingredients well so the corn starch is blended in without lumps.
Pop the dish into your preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, flip the rib pieces so they will be evenly coated with the sauce, which will have thickened substantially by this point. Once you have all the ribs coated well, place them back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
Before serving, toss the ribs well in the sauce again so they have a nice, sticky coat of the honey garlic sauce. The remaining sauce can be poured over the ribs for an extra-messy delicious feast, or you can serve it over rice and make a full meal with a salad or vegetable.
Make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand with these ribs! Enjoy!