PohPoh’s Chinese Spare Ribs

Chinese Spare Ribs

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This recipe was passed down from my Grandparents. Poh Poh (from my Mom’s side of the family) means Grandma in Chinese. When they first arrived in Canada, they needed a way to make a living. They decided to settle down in a small town and start up an authentic Chinese restaurant. There were only two Chinese restaurants in the town, and of course theirs was the most popular! They used to make everything from scratch, but my mom has found an exact replica of the sauce they used to make! This spare rib recipe brings me back to my childhood, as it was a staple in my household.  

This is an easy recipe that can be scaled for more people. All you need is a bigger pot!
I usually purchase my pork ribs from TnT Supermarket. They have really affordable prices, and this can feed a family of four. 

This is the best BBQ sauce to use! 
Chinese Spare Ribs Ingredients

I place the ribs in a stainless steel bowl, and I plop it into a steamer rack with a few inches of water covering the bottom of the pot. You do not want the water to touch the pot. The pot needs a lid that fits on it.

The recipe is very chinese style cooking (where they don’t measure out the ingredients). Use enough BBQ sauce to coat the spare ribs. This is by far my absolute favourite recipe to make. If you try it, let me know in the comments below!

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Poh Poh’s Chinese Spare Ribs

A simple Chinese spare rib recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is quick and easy to throw together and they always end up tasting delicious!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4


  • steamer
  • pot


  • 1.5 kg Pork side ribs 1 pack
  • 300 mL Chinese BBQ Sauce enough to coat the ribs
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Minced
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch


  • Coat ribs with Chinese BBQ sauce
  • Mix in garlic and cornstarch
  • In a steamer pot, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 1 hour. It is ready when the meat shrinks and starts to pull away from the bone.


Can serve with rice and your choice of vegetables; bok choy, chinese greens, carrots.
Skim off excess oil when ribs have finished cooking. 
Keyword Chinese, Dinner, Recipe, ribs

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