Barbecued Oriental Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Barbecued Oriental Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Sweet and sour style barbecue spare ribs marinated in Kikkoman soy sauce, ginger, lemon, sesame oil, honey and sesame seeds. The glaze goes gloriously sticky so napkins are a must!

Rated: 5/5 (1 Ratings)
  • Serves4
  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Additional Timeplus marinating time
  • Cooking Time1 hour

Nutrition per serving

  • Energy633 Kcals
  • Protein39.6g
  • Carbohydrates31.8g
  • Fat35.1g


  • 2 kg spare ribs
  • Salt

For the marinade:

  • 1 small, organic lemon
  • 1 small piece of ginger (approx. 1.5 cm)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5–6 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3–4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or white wine/apple cider vinegar)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds

For the salad:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 Romaine lettuce (or 2 baby Gem lettuces)
  • 2 carrots
  • 100 g sprouted seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2–3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 100 ml apple juice
  • 2–3 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1–2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Freshly ground pepper


Cook the spare ribs in a pan of boiling salted water for approx. 50–70 minutes, depending on the thickness of the ribs. Drain and allow to cool a little.

Prepare the marinade by washing the lemon under hot water, then patting it dry. Grate off some of the zest, cut the lemon in half and squeeze out the juice. Peel the ginger and garlic and chop both finely. Mix together the lemon zest and juice, soy sauce, olive oil, sesame oil, honey, vinegar, ginger, garlic, pepper and sesame seeds. Brush the spare ribs with the marinade and put in the fridge for around 2 or 3 hours until you’re ready to start the barbecue.

Meanwhile, prepare the salad by peeling the mango and cutting the flesh off the stone. Slice the mango flesh into thin strips. Slice the lettuce, then wash and dry. Wash and peel the carrots, then shave off thin ribbons using a peeler. Wash the sprouted seeds, if necessary.

To prepare the dressing, use a blender to blend 4 tablespoons of sliced mango, the olive oil, vinegar, apple juice, soy sauce and maple syrup together. Season with pepper. Add the dressing to the salad and toss.

Place the spare ribs on the barbecue for about 10-20 minutes depending on the heat (closing the lid, if your barbecue has one). If needed, baste with the remaining marinade as the ribs cook. Serve alongside the salad.

Tips: Pre-cooking the ribs in salted water significantly reduces the time they need on the barbecue and keeps them succulent and full of flavour.

The marinade also tastes fantastic on beef steaks and pork chops. To bring out the full flavour of the marinade, leave the spare ribs to marinate overnight.

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