Are you a fan of Chinese take-out? Do you love the taste of tender, juicy pork ribs smothered in Ah-So sauce?
Well, you’re in luck because we have a simple recipe for making boneless pork ribs with Ah-So sauce right in your own kitchen! Whether you’re looking for a delicious appetizer or a hearty meal, these ribs are sure to satisfy your cravings.
With just a few ingredients and some easy steps, you can have fork-tender pork that’s reminiscent of your favorite Chinese establishment. So, let’s get cooking!
How To Make Boneless Pork Ribs With Ah So Sauce?
To start, you’ll need 1.5 pounds of boneless pork loin or boneless spare ribs. Lightly season the meat on both sides with salt and pepper and place it in a 9″x13″ baking dish.
Next, generously spread both sides of the ribs with Ah-So sauce. While Ah-So sauce is a popular choice, we recommend trying Butcher Block Rib Sauce for a better flavor. This sauce is made in New England and is great as a marinade for pork, chicken, and ham.
Once the ribs are coated in sauce, place them in a preheated 350-degree oven and bake large ribs for 1 hour and 10 minutes, small ribs for 1 hour. Baste occasionally to keep the meat moist and flavorful.
If you’re looking for a quicker cooking method, you can also use a digital pressure cooker. Simply place the seasoned meat in the cooker and mix 1/2 cup of sauce with 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the pork and set the timer for 17 minutes. Once the timer goes off, release the steam manually and place the cooked ribs on a cookie sheet. Baste generously with the remaining sauce in the jar and place under the broiler for about 3 minutes to finish.
Ingredients Needed For Boneless Pork Ribs With Ah-So Sauce
To make boneless pork ribs with Ah-So sauce, you’ll need the following ingredients:
– 1.5 pounds boneless pork loin or boneless spare ribs
– Salt and pepper
– 1 jar of Ah-So sauce (or Butcher Block Rib Sauce)
– Optional: basting brush
That’s it! With just these few ingredients, you can create a delicious and satisfying meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a festive dish to serve at a party, boneless pork ribs with Ah-So sauce are sure to be a hit. So gather your ingredients and get ready to cook up a storm!
Preparing The Pork Ribs For Cooking
Before cooking your pork ribs, it’s important to prepare them properly. Start by selecting the right ribs at the store. Look for ribs with an even layer of meat across the ribs, avoiding slabs with exposed bones or uneven meat distribution. Also, avoid purchasing “enhanced” ribs that have added solutions.
Once you have your ribs, remove them from the packaging and pat them dry with a paper towel. Lay them out on a cutting board with the meat side facing up. Inspect the ribs and use a sharp knife to trim off any excess fat, dangling meat, loose rib bones, or silver skin that you see.
Next, turn the ribs over to remove the membrane covering the rib bones. This membrane can make for tough eating and inhibit the penetration of rub and smoke into the meat. Use a butter knife to pry up an edge of the membrane at the sternum end of the slab and pull it off toward the other end of the slab. If it shreds as you pull it off, use your knife to remove any remaining bits.
After removing the membrane, apply your favorite rub generously across all surfaces of the ribs. For boneless pork ribs with Ah-So sauce, lightly season the meat with salt and pepper before coating both sides with Ah-So sauce or Butcher Block Rib Sauce.
Once your ribs are seasoned and sauced, you can cook them in the oven or using a digital pressure cooker as described above. Baste occasionally to keep the meat moist and flavorful, and enjoy your delicious boneless pork ribs with Ah-So sauce or your sauce of choice!
How To Make Ah-So Sauce From Scratch
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to make your own Ah-So sauce from scratch, here’s how to do it:
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
– 1 tsp 5-spice powder
– 2 tbsp vegetable oil
– 1/4 cup sherry
– 2 tbsp tomato paste
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tbsp corn starch
– Red food coloring (optional)
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, brown sugar, Hoisin sauce, 5-spice powder, vegetable oil, sherry, and tomato paste. Heat the mixture on medium-high heat until it starts to bubble.
2. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 3 minutes.
3. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce and corn starch until the corn starch is dissolved.
4. Add the soy sauce mixture to the saucepan and stir until the sauce thickens. This should take about 1-2 minutes.
5. If you want your sauce to have a bright red color like the original Ah-So sauce, add a few drops of red food coloring and stir until well combined.
6. Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool before using it as a marinade or basting sauce for your pork ribs.
This homemade Ah-So sauce is a great alternative to store-bought versions and can be used in many different dishes. You can adjust the sweetness and spiciness of the sauce to your liking by adding more or less honey or Hoisin sauce. Enjoy!
Cooking The Boneless Pork Ribs
Cooking boneless pork ribs can be done in a variety of ways, but baking them in the oven is one of the easiest and most foolproof methods. To begin, preheat your oven to 325°F and coat the bottom of a sheet pan with olive oil. In a small bowl, mix together paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle this spice mixture over all sides of the ribs and place them in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the ribs are tender enough to be pulled apart with a fork.
Once the ribs are tender, remove them from the oven and increase the temperature to 450°F. Drain any accumulated juices from the sheet pan and brush the ribs with your preferred BBQ sauce. Return the ribs to the oven, uncovered, and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until the sauce has become sticky and slightly glazed on the ribs.
Another option is to bake boneless pork ribs at 350°F for about 25 to 30 minutes. Simply spray or line a baking sheet, place the pork ribs on the prepared pan, season with salt and pepper, then bake until fully cooked.
For those who prefer a quicker cooking time, a digital pressure cooker can also be used. Place the seasoned meat in the cooker and mix 1/2 cup of sauce with 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the pork and set the timer for 17 minutes. Once done, release the steam manually and place the cooked ribs on a cookie sheet. Baste generously with remaining sauce and place under the broiler for about 3 minutes to finish.
No matter which method you choose, be sure to let the cooked ribs rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
Serving And Enjoying Your Homemade Boneless Pork Ribs With Ah-So Sauce
Once your boneless pork ribs are cooked to perfection, it’s time to serve and enjoy them with Ah-So sauce. These ribs are perfect as an appetizer or as a main course with your favorite rice and vegetable.
To serve, simply transfer the ribs to a serving platter or individual plates. You can garnish the ribs with sliced green onions or sesame seeds for added flavor and presentation. Serve with a side of steamed rice and your favorite vegetable such as broccoli or bok choy.
When enjoying your homemade boneless pork ribs with Ah-So sauce, be sure to savor the sticky and sweet flavors with crispy edges and that deep red color. The marinade is the key to making these ribs taste just like Chinese takeout, so be sure to let the pork absorb all that flavor overnight for the best results.