The flavor of these hoisin pork ribs is wonderfully complex. Satisfyingly sweet and smoky, this rib recipe is sure to become one of your favorites.
Hoisin sauce can be found at most grocery stores in the international section, and is commonly considered a Chinese barbecue sauce. Made with fermented soybeans, sugar, vinegar, garlic, red chili peppers and other ingredients, this sauce is both sweet and pungent. Because of the sugar content, it will burn if exposed to high heat. Brush it on the ribs when they're almost done to prevent burning.
Season a trimmed sparerib slab and season it with kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Smoke with apple or alder wood for a light smoky flavor. When the ribs are just about done, brush both sides with hoisin sauce, and continue cooking for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Serve the hoisin pork ribs with extra hoisin sauce thinned with water or wine for dipping.