Soy, Beer and Honey Pork Ribs

Sofia's selection for our winter quarter recipe not only looks mouth watering but is ideal for this cooler season. Don't be put off by the preparation and cooking time. It'll be well worth the wait. Persevere and enjoy!

Serves 6

Preparation and cooking time: 4 hours | Difficulty: Medium


  • 1.2kg of pork spare ribs
  • 1 x 330ml bottle of dark ale beer
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 star anise
  • Water


  • Preheat oven to 150°C. 
  • In a bowl combine the beer, honey, soy and star anise
  • Place the ribs into a large tray in one single layer
  • Pour the beer mixture over ribs and add just enough water to ensure the ribs are covered
  • Cover with baking paper and 2 sheets of foil and cook for 2.5 – 3 hours or until the meat falls easily away from the bones. 
  • Remove from the oven and transfer the ribs carefully to a separate tray to cool. 
  • Pour the cooking liquid into a large sauté pan and reduce over a low heat for 10-15 minutes or until thick and slightly sticky
  • Portion the ribs once at room temperature and place into the sauce
  • Bring to a gentle simmer and regularly spoon the sticky sauce over the ribs for 1 minute, turn over and repeat the process until golden and glossy.

Recipe and image source

Everyday Gourmet | Justine Schofield