I Want My Baby Back Ginger-Glazed Ribs

Summer is not Summer without enjoying a finger-licking good rib dinner where you go through numerous napkins. Although I'm a sucker for traditional ribs covered with barbecue sauce, after seeing the cover of a recent Bon Appetit, I was dying to try their Cambodian rib variation. Rather than the traditional tomato-based sauce, this recipe uses a combination of fish sauce, soy sauce, honey, and a lot of fresh ginger!

The marinade is quick to make, especially if you employ a food processor. I marinated my ribs for six hours, but overnight would be even better. Fresh off the grill and covered with lime juice, the ribs burst with sweet and sour flavor. The ginger glaze is much lighter and more refreshing than a typical barbecue sauce. If you want to sink your teeth into these ginger-glazed ribs, keep reading.

Ginger and Honey Baby Back Ribs

Ginger and Honey Baby Back Ribs


  1. 2 2 1/4- to 2 1/2-pound meaty baby back pork ribs
  2. 1/4 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger
  3. 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
  5. 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  6. 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 2 tablespoons honey
  8. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  9. 2 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  10. For Dipping Sauce
  11. 6 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided
  12. 6 teaspoons ground white pepper, divided
  13. 3 large limes, halved
  14. Nonstick vegetable oil spray for the grill


  1. Place rib racks on work surface. Using small sharp knife, carefully pry papery membrane off underside of each rib section (use caution—it will be slippery). Place ribs on large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Combine ginger, garlic, sugar, 1 tablespoon coarse salt, and black pepper in processor and puree to blend well. Add honey, soy sauce, and fish sauce and process until blended. Spread spiced marinade on both sides of ribs (about 2 tablespoons marinade per side for each rib section).
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Can be made 1 day ahead; baste ribs occasionally with accumulated marinade on baking sheet. Keep chilled.
  4. Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (high heat). Spoon any juices from baking sheet with ribs over ribs before grilling. Place rib racks, rounded (meaty) side down, on grill rack for 3-5 minutes to sear. Turn the grill down to medium for 10 minutes. Flip over to bone side and turn back to high for 5 minutes. Grill ribs on medium for another 15 minutes. Adjust cooking time depending on the thickness of your ribs.
  5. Transfer ribs to cutting board. Cut between bones into individual ribs. Transfer ribs to platter. I served my ribs with only a couple slices of lime for squeezing directly onto the ribs. You can make the dipping sauce above as well and allow each diner to squeeze juice from lime into bowl with coarse salt and white pepper and stir until mixed, then dip ribs into sauce.

Serves 6.

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