Chilli Glazed BBQ Ribs

Serves: 4 people

Difficulty: Easy

The marinade for these ribs are sweet, sticky and spiced with chipotle chillies. It’s a wonderful BBQ sauce for any meat, especially pork ribs.

Ask your butcher for meaty, juicy pork belly ribs with a good layer of fat. Once they are boiled, the fat will melt away and you are left with full flavoured sumptuous ribs.


  • For the ribs:
  • 2 racks of pork belly ribs
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 stick rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • For the marinade:
  • 150g tomato ketchup
  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 75g maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons chipotle chilli paste
  • 1 heaped teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ginger paste


1. First boil the ribs. Fill a large pan with cold water and add the ribs, onion, rosemary and bay leaves. Bring to the boil and then simmer for around 90 minutes.

2. In the meantime preheat the BBQ or if using an oven, heat to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Make the chilli glazed marinade by placing all the marinade ingredients in a pan and cooking for 5 minutes, until warmed through. Taste and adjust the heat, sweet and salt if you need to.

3. Once the ribs are soft and tender, strain off the liquid and place in a large roasting tray.

4. Pour over half the marinade and coat the ribs well.

5. Cook on the BBQ for 10 minutes, basting with the remaining marinade until the ribs are charred and sticky. If cooking in the oven, roast for 30 minutes, basting as often as you can with the remaining marinade.

6. These taste great served with a fresh slaw like my Red Cabbage & Green Chilli Slaw.

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