When it comes to pork ribs, most people will habitually grab a pack of back ribs. They’re full of meat, tender, and always feed a crowd. But lately, I’ve been putting an effort into learning how to cook with the less popular cuts of meat. Chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, flank steak instead of t-bone, and side ribs instead of back ribs!
Aside from saving a small fortune, I’m finding the results are delicious. Side ribs typically have a little more connective tissue than back ribs, and they can be less tender if not prepared properly. But, if you toss side ribs into a marinade or slow roast them you can have a delicious fall apart meal for half the price.
In a further effort to be frugal, I improvised on the marinade with ingredients we had in our fridge. I ended up with an Asian inspired beer braised pork rib that is definitely going to be added into the rotation of our home cooked meals!
Sticky Honey Garlic & Beer Braised Ribs Recipe:
- 1 Rack of Pork Side Rib
- 1 Bottle of Beer
- 3 Tablespoons of Sugar Cane
- 3 Tablespoons of Honey
- 2 Teaspoons of Chili Flakes & Oil
- 2 Teaspoons of Soy Sauce
- Splash of Sesame Oil
- 2 Teaspoons of Rice Vinegar
- 3 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
- Kosher Salt
- Freshly Cracked Peppercorn
- 1 Tablespoon of Corn Starch
- 4 Tablespoons of Water
Instructions for Sticky Honey Garlic & Beer Braised Short Rib
1: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. While the oven is preheating, with a knife, carefully remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
2: Generously season your ribs with kosher salt and freshly cracked peppercorn. Place in a dutch oven. Roast for two hours.
3: Add sugar cane, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, and beer to a pot. Stir, and place over medium-high heat on the stove.
4: Supervise closely, and stir almost constantly until your sauce as reduced to about 30-40%. Mix corn starch with water, and stir into your sauce.
5: Remove your ribs from the oven. Pour 50% of the sauce over the ribs, and ensure an even coating. Place them back into the oven for an additional 30-45 minutes.
6: Remove from the oven and brush with the remainder of your sauce.
7: Serve over white rice with sesame seeds and freshly chopped green onion. Enjoy!