Five-Spice Short Ribs With Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

Total Time
6 hrs
2 hrs

From Stephen Raichlen's "Primal Grill".

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  1. Score the meaty side of the ribs with a knife in a diamond pattern.
  2. Combine rub ingredients in a bowl. Rub into all sides of ribs. Refrigerate 2-4 hours.
  3. Prepare a charcoal grill with an indirect grill setup - put hot coals on outside of grill, leaving a cool center zone, with a drip pan in the center. Place ribs over the drip pan. Place a handful of hardwood chips on each pile of coals. Position the lid with the vent holes centered over the meat, and mostly closed to get about 250°F.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine hoisin sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, ketchup, garlic, ginger and scallion. Heat over medium flame; simmer 10 minutes.
  5. About 15 minutes before the meat is finished, brush sauce onto meat. Meat is done when bones are exposed by about 1/4", about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.