These Spicy Marinated and Grilled Spare Ribs always remind of summertime in Chicago. Growing up I remember my parents grilling these particular ribs up almost every 4th of July, labor day or basically anytime my parents could find an excuse to fire up the grill. I think they liked making them because while ribs are usually a ‘low and slow’ sort of food these actually cook up fairly quickly (as ribs are concerned) and are packed with flavor.
While these ribs do get tender, they are nowhere near ‘fall off the bone’, so if that’s something that’s a make or break for you these guys are probably not for you. If you don’t mind a slight bite to your ribs then you will LOVE these! The marinade is so easy and tastes SO good; it’s spicy with a slight sweetness to it with a faint fermented taste that adds a nice, sharp, umami-like flavor. The grilling is key for these guys because you really want the smoky flavor with a bit of charring. You can achieve a similar effect with a broiler, but it’s not quite the same.
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Spicy Marinated and Grilled Spare Ribs
- 1 small onion, grated
- ½ medium Asian pear, peeled and grated
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 1”x ½″ piece of peeled ginger
- ½ cup gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 full rack pork spare ribs, trimmed and cut into individual ribs
- 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- thinly sliced green onion
- Combined all marinade ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together.
- Pour marinade over ribs and toss together until ribs are completely coated.
- Cover and marinate ribs in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
- Preheat grill to medium-low heat. Brush grill grates generously with oil and place ribs onto the grill, 1-2 inches apart.
- Grill ribs for 20 to 25 minutes, flip and continue to grill for an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until ribs have cooked through and the meat is tender (although they will still have a little bite to them).
- Turn the heat up to high and grill on each side for about 1 minute or until the ribs have started to char around the edges.
- Remove from grill, sprinkle with green onions and serve.
- *Makes 1 full rack spare ribs