Chinese Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs
Breville Test Kitchen

Breville Test Kitchen

Chinese Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs

These deliciously sweet and sour sticky ribs are so tender they just fall off the bone.
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4 hrs 30 mins total time

20 mins active time


Serves 4



For the braising liquid

  • fresh orange juice icon
    1 cup (8 fl oz) fresh orange juice
  • orange marmalade icon
    1 cup (10½ oz) orange marmalade
  • honey icon
    1 cup (12½ oz) honey
  • rice wine vinegar icon
    ½ cup (4 fl oz) rice wine vinegar
  • hoisin sauce icon
    ⅓ cup (2¾ fl oz) hoisin sauce
  • soy sauce icon
    ¼ cup (2 fl oz) soy sauce
  • tomato paste icon
    3 tbsp (1½ oz) tomato paste
  • seedless tamarind pulp icon
    2 tbsp seedless tamarind pulp
  • yellow onion icon
    1 yellow onion

    coarsely chopped

  • clove garlic icon
    8 cloves garlic
  • ginger icon
    1 oz ginger

    coarsely chopped

  • crushed red pepper flakes icon
    2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

For the ribs

  • baby back pork rib rack icon
    4½ lb baby back pork rib racks

    large ones cut in half

For the glaze

  • honey icon
    3 tbsp (2½ oz) honey
  • dark brown sugar icon
    ⅓ cup (2 oz) dark brown sugar
  • Dijon mustard icon
    1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce icon
    1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  • 1Place all the braising ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Place the ribs in a 5½-quart (10-inch) Dutch oven and pour over the braising liquid and cover.
  • 2Insert the wire rack into position 8. Set the oven to Slow Cook, Convection, High, for 4 hours and press Start to preheat.
  • 3Once preheated, place the pot in the oven and cook for 4 hours, or until tender.
  • 4For easy cleaning and to avoid burning, line the roasting pan with foil and place the broiling rack on top. Place half of the ribs on the rack.
  • 5Whisk together the honey, sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons of the braising liquid.
  • 6Move the wire rack to position 4.
  • 7Generously brush the ribs with some of the glaze.
  • 8Place in the oven. Set the oven to Broil, High, for 4 minutes and press Start.
  • 9Brush with some more glaze and return to the oven.
  • 10Broil for a further 2 minutes.
  • 11The ribs should be well browned and caramelized. If not, broil a little longer. Repeat with the remaining ribs.
  • 12Serve brushed with the remaining glaze.
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