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Honey Garlic Ribs

Sticky Sweet Goodness: Honey Garlic Ribs Indulge in the irresistible goodness of Honey Garlic Ribs, where succulent pork ribs are transformed into a sticky-sweet sensation that’s finger-licking delicious. These ribs are a mouthwatering fusion of savory and sweet flavors, with a sticky honey and garlic glaze that caramelizes to perfection. Whether you’re firing up the grill for a summer barbecue or simply craving a satisfying dinner, these ribs are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Get ready to savor the sticky sweet goodness of Honey Garlic Ribs.

A Taste of Sweet Satisfaction

The star of this recipe is the delectable combination of honey and garlic, creating a perfect balance of sweetness and savory goodness.

Perfect for Any Occasion

Honey Garlic Ribs are perfect for family cookouts, game day gatherings, or any time you want to treat yourself to a mouthwatering feast.

Substitutions and Variations:

Customize your Honey Garlic Ribs with these variations:

  1. Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or a drizzle of hot sauce to the honey garlic glaze for some spicy heat.
  2. Citrus Zest: Enhance the flavor with a touch of citrus by adding a tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice to the glaze.
  3. Sesame Sensation: Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the glazed ribs for a nutty, aromatic twist.

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Tips or Notes:

  • To achieve tender ribs, consider using the 3-2-1 method: Smoke the ribs for 3 hours, wrap them in foil with a bit of liquid (like apple juice) for 2 hours, and then finish on the grill or in the oven unwrapped for 1 hour.
  • Adjust the sweetness and garlic intensity to your liking by tweaking the amount of honey and garlic in the glaze.
  • Serve the ribs with your favorite sides, such as coleslaw, cornbread, or grilled vegetables.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use spare ribs instead of baby back ribs?

Yes, you can use spare ribs for this recipe. Spare ribs are slightly fattier and may require longer cooking times, but the honey garlic glaze will work wonderfully with them.

Can I make the glaze ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can prepare the honey garlic glaze in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat it gently before brushing it onto the ribs.

Honey Garlic Ribs

Honey Garlic Ribs

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  • For the Ribs:
  • 2 2 racks of baby back ribs (about 4-5 pounds total)

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon 1 smoked paprika (optional, for added smokiness)

  • For the Honey Garlic Glaze:
  • 1 cup 1 honey

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 soy sauce

  • 4 cloves 4 garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons 2 grated fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoons 2 rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 sesame oil (optional)

  • Green onions and sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat your grill to 225°F (107°C) for indirect cooking. If using a charcoal grill, set up a two-zone fire with the coals on one side.
  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs by sliding a butter knife under it and then using a paper towel to grip and peel it off.
  • Season both sides of the ribs with salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika (if using).
  • Place the ribs on the grill grate over indirect heat, bone side down.
  • Close the grill lid and smoke the ribs for about 3 hours, maintaining a consistent temperature.
  • While the ribs are smoking, prepare the honey garlic glaze. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, rice vinegar, and sesame oil (if using). Simmer for 5-7 minutes until slightly thickened, then remove from heat.
  • After 3 hours of smoking, brush the ribs generously with the honey garlic glaze on both sides.
  • Wrap each rack of ribs in aluminum foil and return them to the grill for another 2 hours or until they are tender. The foil will help them cook in their own juices.
  • Carefully remove the foil-wrapped ribs from the grill and unwrap them.
  • Return the unwrapped ribs to the grill over direct heat and brush with more glaze. Grill for an additional 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the glaze caramelizes and the ribs have a nice char.
  • Remove the ribs from the grill, let them rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve hot.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
  • Savor the sticky sweet goodness of your Honey Garlic Ribs!

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