Chinese Garlic Spare Ribs

Surprisingly easy to make (they just take time in the oven), these Chinese ribs are tender, tasty, and just like the restaurant bought version. You can use any type of rib, but I find that riblets or rib tips work the best. Smaller and with more fat, they add a succulent flavor to the dish.

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1/2 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon crushed chipotle pepper flakes
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 racks spare rib tips or riblets
1 cup chicken stock
Fresh chives for garnish

Preheat oven to 275°F. Cut the ribs into single rib pieces and set aside. Mix together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, and ginger. Add the rib pieces and toss. Allow the ribs to marinate for 30 minutes in the sauce and then add the chicken stock.

Cover and bake on low heat for 3 hours. Remove the cover and bake for an additional hour. Garnish with fresh chives and serve with plain rice.

Serves 2 to 4.

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