Like a good burger, there’s something about feasting on a platter of sticky, gooey pork ribs that epitomizes summertime in Canada. This particular rib recipe is a hit during hot weather since it eliminates the precooking step by using a foil-grilling packet to steam cook the meat and glaze it simultaneously. It’s also one of the recipes that my guests always ask for when I make these ribs for a backyard barbecue. You’ve gotta love it when an easy recipe with a short ingredient list is also a crowd pleaser!
Althought the word ‘chili’ is in the title, the flavour of these ribs is sweet and only slightly spicy since Thai sweet chili sauce is not nearly as hot as the unsweetened versions. Perfect with a cold, frosty beer on a hot day, these ribs can be served with rice or a grill top baked potato. Regardless of what you serve with these ribs, make sure you have plenty of napkins – or better yet finger bowls – handy because they are notoriously sticky!
Thai Chili Glazed Ribs
2 lb (1 kg) pork ribs, sliced into single pieces
1 tbsp (15 mL) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Thai sweet chili sauce
1/4 cup (50 mL) hoisin sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) sesame oil
Chives or green onions
Preheat the grill to medium. Sprinkle the ribs evenly with flour. Stir the chili sauce with the hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Pour the sauce into a large, foil-grilling bag (or place in the centre of a very large piece of heavy duty foil that has been brushed with oil), set on a baking sheet.
Add the ribs and spread evenly in the bag in a single layer. Fold over the open edge of the bag and seal tightly and so that the foil fits around the food snugly. (Alternatively, scrunch up the edges of the foil to create a secure packet).
Slide the bag onto the preheated grill. Cook, flipping bag every 15 minutes, for 65 minutes. Let ribs rest in the bag for 10 minutes. Cut bag open using kitchen shears. Arrange ribs on a platter and sprinkle with chives before serving. Makes 4 servings.