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1-2-3-4-5 Spare Ribs

Wrapping up National Simplify Your Life Week! These spare ribs are deceptively simple... when you taste them, you'll be surprised that there are only 5 ingredients in the simmering sauce. This recipe, credited to Irene Kuo, was featured on the Food52 website last year.

"These sweet & sticky Chinese ribs are certified genius." -Food52 Editors


1 1/2 lbs. meaty spare ribs (ask the butcher to slice them into individual ribs & cut each rib crosswise into 3 pieces)

1 Tbsp dry sherry

2 Tbsp dark soy sauce*

3 Tbsp cider vinegar

4 Tbsp sugar

5 Tbsp water


Put the ribs in a skillet or saucepan over high heat.

Add the remaining 5 ingredients and stir.

Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Uncover and return heat to high. Stirring, bring sauce to a sizzling boil.

Serve hot.

*I use Pearl River Bridge dark soy sauce because I love its intense, almost "smokey" flavor. It can be found on Amazon or at Asian food markets.

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