Ribs are boiled with garlic and ginger, then marinated in a Chinese-style barbecue sauce. This is from "A Hundred Years of Island Cooking", an old cookbook from the Hawaiian Electric Company. Prep time doesn't include marinating overnight.
Cut spareribs into 1 1/2-inch pieces. In a large sauce pot, combine spareribs, garlic, ginger and salt. Add water to cover spareribs; bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until spareribs are tender. Drain.
Combine remaining ingredients and marinate spareribs in sauce overnight in the refrigerator.
Place spareribs on rack of broiler pan and broil 3 inches from heat for 7 to 10 minutes, basting with remaining sauce. Turn and broil for 5 to 7 more minutes.