Blackberry Hoisin ribs

Blackberry Hoisin Ribs

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Hey Friends!
Blackberries are in season and what better way to celebrate this sweet n’ sour fruit than to make a Blackberry Hoisin BBQ sauce.

I made the juiciest rack of ribs in a blackberry hoisin BBQ sauce. I’m ashamed to tell you I ate the whole (half slab) by myself. It was that good!

Blackberry Hoisin ribs with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans
Blackberry Hoisin ribs with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans

Why Blackberry Hoisin sauce

I wanted to make something savory using blackberries I had left over from a previous post.

I was inspired by Closet Cooking’s beautiful photo of his Blackberry Hoisin BBQ ribs.  I had Blackberries and some left over Hoisin garlic sauce so I figured I would make something out of nothing.  That’s what cooking is all about right? Let’s get creative people.

Here’s how I did the ribs

It starts with my dry rub. I let the ribs marinate in the homemade dry rub of sugar and spice and everything nice (you saw it coming, I know you did).

A mix of sugars, salt, dried herbs, cumin, cayenne pepper and spices are what this dry rub consists of. It’s sweet, smokey and spicy which is my favorite flavor combo.

The ribs were marinating for around an hour or so then covered with foil and baked in the oven for around 3 hours.

I periodically checked on them while also adding some OJ to the pan for added moisture and flavor. I find the orange juice goes really well with the flavor of the dry rub and ribs combined. I then basted the ribs which helped keep them moist and tender.

While the ribs were baking I prepared the blackberry hoisin sauce.

Here’s how I did the blackberry Hoisin sauce

Now, before we get started, I’m using what I have in the house. You can most certainly substitute any of these ingredients for something similar. You got to work with what you got.

First, I cooked the blackberries down in a little water, then added in the hoisin garlic sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and spices, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and sriracha wasabi sauce.

If your not into seeds I suggest straining the blackberries before adding the other ingredients. I personally like seeds (they are good for you) so I skipped this part.

Finally, I put the sauce to simmer until it thickened which was about 20 minutes give or take.

The Finisher

To finish, I coated the ribs in the blackberry hoisin sauce and placed them back in the oven uncovered for about 10 minutes. Just so the sauce can bake into the ribs for that punch of flavor.

Instead of the oven, you can definitely throw these on a grill. This will give the ribs that extra char texture and smokey flavor we all love about BBQ.

My ribs are marinated in a homemade dry rub then coated in Blackberry Hoisin BBQ sauce. I paired them with mashed potatoes and fresh steamed green beans.

What else can you do with Blackberry Hoisin sauce

Just about everything! This sauce went so well with these pork ribs but it would be great on the grill with beef ribs or rib tips and chicken too.

It will also pair well with grilled or roasted veggies like cabbage, carrots and potatoes or as a dipping sauce.

What can you do with the dry rub

Pork, Beef or even use it on Roast chicken. Sprinkle a little on your veggies before roasting them. Put them on your eggs or on some popcorn. See where I’m going with this?

I will definitely be creating more dishes using these 2 recipes. The options are limitless.

If you like Hoisin flavored dishes why not try my
Hoisin salmon burgers

Hoisin Salmon burgers with Asian inspired slaw and spicy hoisin chipotle mayo

Here is my recipe for Blackberry Hoisin Ribs

This rack of ribs with Blackberry Hoisin sauce will be falling off the bone and right into your mouth. They are marinated with a dry rub and baked low and slow. The Blackberry Hoisin sauce adds that extra panache!

Blackberry Hoisin ribs

 

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time40 minsCook Time1 hr 30 minsTotal Time2 hrs 10 mins

For the Dry Rub
 ½ cup brown sugar
 2 tsp white sugar
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp cumin
 1 tsp mixed spice
 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
 1 tsp dried thyme
 2 tsp paprika
 2 tsp garlic powder
 2 tsp onion powder
 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
 ½ tsp ground black pepper
 ¼ tsp ground cloves
For the Blackberry Hoisin Glaze
 ½ cup fresh blackberries
 2 tbsp hoisin garlic sauce
 2 tbsp ketchup
 3 tbsp soy sauce
 2 tbsp sriracha wasabi sauce
 ¼ cup brown sugar
 1 tsp mixed ground spice
 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
 ½ cup water
For the Ribs
 1 cup orange juice
 1 tbsp olive oil

Preparing the Ribs
1

First, wash your ribs and soak in lemon or vinegar water. Remove from water and pat dry. Take a sharp knife and make a few incisions to prepare for the dry rub.

2

Next, for the dry rub, add all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix well. coat the ribs with olive oil and cover with the dry mix on both sides. For the best results use your hands. Now its ready for the oven.

3

Next, place the ribs in your preferred baking dish, cover with foil and bake in the oven on 380F/180C for around 2 hours.

4

After 2 hours check your ribs. Pour 1/2 cup of orange juice into the pan. Cover and turn heat down to 325F/125C.

(Using orange juice allows the ribs to stay moist and pairs well with the Blackberry Hoisin glaze)

5

Check your ribs again around 1/2 hour to an hour later to ensure there is still some liquid in the dish. Add in the last 1/2 Cup of Orange juice. Baste your ribs, cover and place back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

Now its time to prepare the glaze.

Preparing the Blackberry hoisin sauce
6

In a small saucepan, place your blackberries and water. Bring to a boil and cook until the blackberries have softened. Incorporate the rest of your ingredients and simmer on medium low until sauce thickens. When the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat its ready.

To Finish
7

Remove your ribs from the oven and coat them with the Blackberry hoisin sauce. Finally, return the ribs to the oven uncovered and bake for around 10 minutes to allow the sauce to bake into the ribs. Take the ribs out of the oven and let them rest for around 15 minutes before serving.

You can add more sauce if desired or save some for later.

Ingredients

For the Dry Rub
 ½ cup brown sugar
 2 tsp white sugar
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp cumin
 1 tsp mixed spice
 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
 1 tsp dried thyme
 2 tsp paprika
 2 tsp garlic powder
 2 tsp onion powder
 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
 ½ tsp ground black pepper
 ¼ tsp ground cloves
For the Blackberry Hoisin Glaze
 ½ cup fresh blackberries
 2 tbsp hoisin garlic sauce
 2 tbsp ketchup
 3 tbsp soy sauce
 2 tbsp sriracha wasabi sauce
 ¼ cup brown sugar
 1 tsp mixed ground spice
 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
 ½ cup water
For the Ribs
 1 cup orange juice
 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions

Preparing the Ribs
1

First, wash your ribs and soak in lemon or vinegar water. Remove from water and pat dry. Take a sharp knife and make a few incisions to prepare for the dry rub.

2

Next, for the dry rub, add all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix well. coat the ribs with olive oil and cover with the dry mix on both sides. For the best results use your hands. Now its ready for the oven.

3

Next, place the ribs in your preferred baking dish, cover with foil and bake in the oven on 380F/180C for around 2 hours.

4

After 2 hours check your ribs. Pour 1/2 cup of orange juice into the pan. Cover and turn heat down to 325F/125C.

(Using orange juice allows the ribs to stay moist and pairs well with the Blackberry Hoisin glaze)

5

Check your ribs again around 1/2 hour to an hour later to ensure there is still some liquid in the dish. Add in the last 1/2 Cup of Orange juice. Baste your ribs, cover and place back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

Now its time to prepare the glaze.

Preparing the Blackberry hoisin sauce
6

In a small saucepan, place your blackberries and water. Bring to a boil and cook until the blackberries have softened. Incorporate the rest of your ingredients and simmer on medium low until sauce thickens. When the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat its ready.

To Finish
7

Remove your ribs from the oven and coat them with the Blackberry hoisin sauce. Finally, return the ribs to the oven uncovered and bake for around 10 minutes to allow the sauce to bake into the ribs. Take the ribs out of the oven and let them rest for around 15 minutes before serving.

You can add more sauce if desired or save some for later.

Blackberry Hoisin Ribs

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27 thoughts on “Blackberry Hoisin Ribs

  1. I always love sweet notes for my ribs.I especially love that you infused hoisin into this, so unique and i’m sure adds a beautiful rounded flavor

    1. Me either! I found out later its very popular in the Thai community. Ill be trying their version soon. Thanks for commenting!

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