John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen

American recipes: Ribs & wings

Try this classic American recipe.

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients2kg of Pork Belly Spare Ribs a good inch thick200mls Oyster sauce200mls Dark Soy Sauce200gr Soft Brown Sugar200mls Shao Shing wine (or use sherry)Water to cover meat100gr hunk of Ginger (sliced, skin left on)2 cloves of Garlic4-8 Star Anise (Optional)1 Stick Cinnamon12 chicken wings


  • Add equal quantities of shao shing wine, dark soy sauce and oyster sauce to pan. (You can use a mug to measure these out.)

  • Add cinnamon stick, star anise, salt, ginger and garlic.

  • Cut the pork to create individual pork ribs and put into the pan, topping up with water so that the meat is covered. Simmer gently for 1 hour.

  • After 1 hour put the chicken wings into the pan and cook for a further 10 minutes.

  • Remove the ribs and wings from the liquid and leave on the heat until the liquid reduces to resemble a sticky sauce.

  • Put a griddle pan on a high heat and char the wings and ribs for around 10 minutes to add some colour, turning halfway through. Add a little more sauce to them while they’re cooking if needed. As soon as they look nice and glazed, then they’re ready to go.

  • Serve with extra sauce.

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