Chinese Char Siu Sesame-Crusted Pork Ribs

This low and slow char siu ribs recipe mimics the flavors of Chinese barbecue while using Texas barbecue-inspired bark for a crispy exterior.
6 servings
Wait Time
2 Hrs
Active Time
1 Hr

A few years ago, we mimicked the flavors of char siu in tofu. And while the sentiment of vegetarianism remains—we love ourselves a good vegetable (or meat-free alternative) recipe; this time, we're indulging our carnivorous selves. We still love char siu with a fiery passion, so we're using that flavor in this char siu ribs recipe.

This Serious Eats-inspired recipe takes 4 hours to make. But it's absolutely worth the wait to get juicy, tender, fall-off-the-bone meat enveloped in a rich, thick sauce and a crispy exterior. This recipe uses a bark inspired by Texas-style barbecue so the fully-cooked ribs finish for over an hour in a low oven to get that crunchy outer layer.


  • 2 full racks pork ribs
  • five-spice powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Char Siu Sauce

  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 ½ tbsp five-spice


  • ¼ cup black sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
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