Labor Day grilling: Asian BBQ ribs

October 5, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Here's an "Asian Spare Rib" recipe that is really easy to make at home. Former competitor on the Food Network's "Next Food Network Star", Whitney Chen says the ribs can be grilled indoors as well using a grill pan on top of your stove.


The ribs from Becker Lane are so well marbled (they are a heritage breed of pork, completely pasture raised that is a cross between Chester White and Berkshire Pigs), that it's hard to make them tough. If you're using conventional ribs, you may want to boil them first or bake them in a low oven (like 200 degrees) for an hour.

    Grilled Broccoli Stalks
  • Many people think the only part of broccoli worth cooking is the florets. SO NOT TRUE! The stems are actually really delicious, and nothing goes to waste.
  • They're just tossed in sesame oil, seasoned with salt and chili flakes, and then I grill them on a hot grill until their tender.
  • You can sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on them before you serve.

    Whole Wheat Peanut Noodles
  • You can use regular spaghetti if you want, but whole wheat is a better, healthier substitution here.
  • For the sauce, all you do is whisk together peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, sherry, sugar, champagne vinegar, grated ginger and garlic until it's smooth and creamy (you can add little water if you need to).
  • Dress the cold noodles and some cucumbers with the sauce, throw in some chopped green onions, and you have a really flavorful and healthy pasta.

    Pickled Plums
  • TIP: Plums are really in season now, so pickling them is a great way to preserve the summer flavors, especially as we go into fall and winter. These are so easy to make and they'll last in your refrigerator for weeks.
  • Just remove the pits and cut the plums into slices. Bring the remaining ingredients to a boil to dissolve the sugar, let that cool, then pour it over the plums in a large bowl.
  • Let them marinate overnight, drain and serve. (They're a great accompaniment to a cheese or charcuterie platter too!)

You can find all of these recipes, the Becker Lane ribs, and read more tips and stories from Whitney on Gilt Taste at

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