BBQ Pork Ribs

BBQ Pork Ribs, also known as “Char Siew Pai Guat,” are a beloved zi char delight known for their succulent, smoky flavors and tender texture. This dish features meaty pork ribs marinated in a tantalizing blend of savory, sweet, and sometimes slightly tangy sauces, then expertly grilled or roasted to achieve a mouthwatering caramelized exterior. The harmonious marriage of rich flavors and the satisfying chew of the meat creates a delightful culinary experience that resonates with those seeking a hearty and flavorful dish. Loved for its comforting taste and the indulgent pleasure of eating with one’s hands, BBQ Pork Ribs have secured their place as a sought-after zi char favorite, offering a delicious and satisfying bite that continues to entice diners seeking a true comfort food experience. 

Why People Love BBQ Pork Ribs

People love BBQ Pork Ribs for many reasons. Firstly, the slow-cooking process results in flavourful and tender meat that is difficult to resist. The smoky taste of the ribs, which is imparted by the BBQ sauce and the cooking method, is another reason why people love this dish. The sauce also adds a sweet and tangy flavour that complements the savoury taste of the meat. 

What You Need For Your BBQ Pork Ribs:

Making BBQ Pork Ribs yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 2 racks of pork ribs (approx. 1.5kg)
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp of onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours

Servings: 4-6 

How To Cook BBQ Pork Ribs

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 150°C. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

Step 2

Rub the seasoning mix all over the pork ribs, making sure to cover both sides of the ribs.

Step 3

Drizzle the olive oil over the pork ribs and rub it in.

Step 4

Wrap the pork ribs in aluminium foil and place them on a baking tray.

Step 5

Bake the ribs in the oven for 2.5 hours.

Step 6

Remove the ribs from the oven and carefully open the foil packet. Brush the BBQ sauce all over the ribs.

Step 7

Turn the oven up to 220°C and place the ribs back in the oven for another 20-30 minutes, until the sauce has caramelised and the meat is tender.

Step 8

Once the ribs are done, remove them from the oven and let them rest for 10 minutes before cutting them into individual portions. 

Serving BBQ Pork Ribs with Other Dishes 

BBQ Pork Ribs are a great main dish and can be paired with a variety of sides such as coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob or mac and cheese. For a complete BBQ feast, you can also serve grilled chicken, sausages, or vegetables.

Nutritional/Health Benefits 

  1. Protein Source: Pork ribs are a rich source of protein, vital for muscle growth, repair, and overall body function. 
  2. Vitamins and Minerals: Pork ribs provide essential nutrients like B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and phosphorus for bone health. 
  3. Healthy Fats: Depending on the cut, pork ribs can contain healthy fats that contribute to satiety, absorb fat-soluble vitamins, and promote heart health. 
  4. Flavorful Marinades: The marinades used in BBQ pork ribs can incorporate herbs and spices that not only add taste but also offer potential health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties. 
  5. Mineral Content: Pork ribs contain minerals like iron and selenium, which are important for oxygen transport and antioxidant defense. 
  6. Collagen Content: Connective tissues present in ribs can break down during cooking, creating gelatin and contributing to joint health, skin elasticity, and gut health. 
  7. Moderation: While indulgent, enjoying BBQ pork ribs in moderation can be part of a balanced diet, allowing for occasional treats. 
  8. Social Dining: The tactile pleasure of eating ribs with one’s hands often enhances the communal dining experience, promoting shared enjoyment. 
  9. Variety of Cuts: Different cuts of pork ribs offer varying amounts of meat and fat, allowing for options that align with individual dietary preferences. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious BBQ Pork Ribs without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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