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Smoked Asian Ribs

Alrighty, folks, gather around because today we’re diving into the delectable world of smoked Asian ribs! Picture this: a sweet and savory explosion in your mouth that’ll make your taste buds do the cha-cha. So, grab your apron and let’s get smokin’!

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How to Make Smoked Asian Ribs

Ah, the first step to culinary greatness – the recipe itself. Now, I won’t bore you with a novel, so here’s a quick rundown on how to whip up these mouthwatering ribs:

  1. Get Your Ribs Ready: Start with some succulent baby back ribs. Give ’em a good rubdown with a mix of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, honey, and a dash of five-spice powder. Let those bad boys marinate for a few hours. Trust me; they’ll thank you later!
  2. Fire Up the Smoker: Now, let’s talk wood chips. For these Asian-inspired ribs, you’ll want to go with a fruity wood like apple or cherry. Get that smoker smokin’ at around 225°F (that’s about 107°C for my friends across the pond).
  3. Slow and Steady: Place your marinated ribs on the smoker rack. Close the lid and let them smoke away for about 3-4 hours. Remember, patience is a virtue here.
  4. Mop It Up: Every hour or so, baste your ribs with a mix of hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and a pinch of brown sugar. This will give them that irresistible sticky glaze we all crave.
  5. Time to Chow Down: Once those ribs reach an internal temperature of 190°F (around 88°C), they’re ready to steal the show. Slice ’em up, garnish with some sesame seeds and chopped green onions, and get ready to be blown away!

Now that we’ve got the basics down, let’s spice it up a bit with some juicy tidbits!

What Kind of Wood Chips are Best for Smoking Asian Ribs

I already spilled the beans on this one, but let me emphasize it – go for fruitwood! Apple, cherry, or even peach wood will infuse your ribs with that subtly sweet and fruity flavor that pairs perfectly with the Asian-inspired marinade.

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Additional Tips

  1. Low and Slow: The key to tender ribs is low and slow cooking. Don’t rush it; let them soak in that smoky goodness.
  2. Wrap It Up: If you want to speed things up a bit, you can wrap your ribs in foil halfway through the smoking process. This helps them cook faster while retaining all that juicy goodness.
  3. Experiment with Marinades: Don’t be afraid to play around with your marinade ingredients. Add a little extra kick with some sriracha or a touch of sesame oil for that extra oomph.

What to Serve

Now, let’s talk sides! These ribs deserve some company on your plate. Here are a few ideas:

  • Fried Rice: Whip up a batch of your favorite fried rice with some veggies and scrambled eggs. It’s a classic pairing that never disappoints.
  • Asian Slaw: A crisp, refreshing coleslaw with a zesty sesame dressing is a fantastic contrast to the rich flavors of the ribs.
  • Steamed Buns: How about some fluffy, pillowy steamed buns to make mini rib sandwiches? Fill ’em up with rib meat, cucumber slices, and hoisin sauce. Delish!

What to Do with Leftovers

Alright, so you’ve got some ribs left over. Lucky you! Here are a couple of ideas to make the most of those smoky treasures:

  1. Ramen Upgrade: Toss some rib meat into your next bowl of ramen for an instant upgrade. It’ll take that soup to a whole new level of deliciousness.
  2. Rib Tacos: Shred the meat, warm up some tortillas, and assemble rib tacos with your favorite fixings. A squeeze of lime, some pickled red onions – you’re in for a treat.

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In closing, my hungry friends, making smoked Asian ribs is like taking a flavor-packed journey without leaving your backyard. It’s a bit of a labor of love, but oh, is it worth it! So, get your smoker fired up, your apron on, and let the smoky adventure begin. And remember, as they say, “Good food is good mood.” Thanks for joining me on this culinary escapade, and happy grilling, y’all!

Smoked Asian Ribs

Craving tender, flavorful smoked Asian ribs? Look no further! Our step-by-step recipe will have you impressing your guests in no time.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 6


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs about 4-5 pounds each
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2- inch piece of fresh ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Chopped green onions for garnish
  • Fruitwood chips apple, cherry, or peach for smoking


Preparing the Ribs

  1. Start by removing the thin membrane from the back of each rack of ribs. Use a knife to loosen one end, then grab it with a paper towel and peel it off. This step helps the marinade penetrate the meat better.
  2. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, grated ginger, and five-spice powder. Place each rack of ribs on a large piece of aluminum foil and generously brush the marinade on both sides. Wrap each rack tightly in foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for maximum flavor.

Preparing the Smoker

  1. Before you start the smoker, soak your fruitwood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. This will help them produce that wonderful smoky flavor.
  2. Prepare your smoker according to its instructions. Aim for a temperature of around 225°F (107°C). Use charcoal or a mix of charcoal and wood chunks to maintain the temperature. Add a drip pan filled with water to help keep the ribs moist during smoking.

Smoking the Ribs

  1. Once your smoker is ready and the temperature is steady, place the racks of ribs directly on the smoker rack, bone side down. Close the smoker's lid and let the ribs smoke for about 3-4 hours. Check the temperature occasionally and adjust the airflow or add charcoal as needed to maintain a steady temperature.
  2. Every hour, baste the ribs with a mixture of hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and brown sugar using a basting brush. This adds flavor and helps create that delicious glaze.

Testing for Doneness

  1. After about 3 hours of smoking, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the ribs. You're looking for an internal temperature of 190°F (88°C) for perfectly tender ribs. If they haven't reached this temperature yet, continue smoking and checking every 15-30 minutes.

Serving Your Smoked Asian Ribs

  1. Once the ribs reach the desired temperature, remove them from the smoker and let them rest for about 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute. Then, use a sharp knife to slice the ribs between the bones.
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