Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w/Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw.
And heavy on the BBQ Sauce.
Because what are ribs without tons of sauce? Not messy enough, that’s what.
Ok, but let’s talk about ribs for a second. Growing up I almost never ate them. It wasn’t that I did not like them. I think it was more that I hated how messy they always were. To be honest, I still do. I am weird and I hate eating messy food and having messy hands. I don’t really know why it bothers me so much, but it does.
However, I am learning to get over it because ribs are fun and they scream summer and we all know how much I am into summer right now.
Now let’s talk about THESE ribs. I know that peanut butter and ribs together seems weird and maybe even gross to a few of you, but please hear me out. First off, I just need to say that these ribs are awesome. Very different, yes, but sometimes the traditional BBQ ribs can get old, barbecue after barbecue, you know? So that is when these ribs come into play.
I first thought of the idea after looking back at these peanut butter burgers I made from my favorite restaurant back In Rocky River, Ohio, Bearden’s. Peanut butter and meat go really well together, so why not try it on some ribs? I was pretty excited about the idea and it has been developing and changing slightly over the last couple weeks. I finally found some ribs that looked good and I went for it….and added some Thai flavors because it just seemed right.
It was. Really, really right.
I know ribs may seem a little intimidating, but I think the secret is cooking them long and slow and then grilling them before eating. And lots of sauce. We love sauce over here.
No but really, ribs are pretty simple. They take a while, but they are simple. Just marinate, bake and grill. The BBQ sauce only requires one bowl and while the slaw does have a lot of ingredients you really just have to toss them all together. No big deal.
AND everything can be prepped in advance making them perfect for summer entertaining. You can even cook the ribs fully through and then just grill them before you are ready to eat, making things a little less hectic come dinner time.
Oh and did I mention that they are extra sticky? Because they are, and wow, it is so good. It’s all in the sauce.
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Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w/Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, thai
Keyword: bbq, ginger, peanut, ribs
These ribs are awesome. Very different, yes, but sometimes the traditional BBQ ribs can get old, barbecue after barbecue, you know? So that is when these ribs come into play.
- 5 pounds baby back or St. Louis Style Ribs 2 racks
- 1 1/2 cups sweet thai chili sauce
- 3/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons thai red curry paste
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger grated
- 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
- pinch of pepper
Peanut BBQ Sauce
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter warmed/melted
- 1/4 cup sweet thai chili sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons thai red curry paste
- 1/2-1 tablespoon Chinese 5 spice
- 1 lime juice
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw
- 4 cups cabbage shredded, use both green and purple
- 1 zucchini cut into strips
- 1 red pepper cut into strips
- 1 orange pepper. cut into strips
- 1 large jalapeno seeded + chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
- 2 lime juiced
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter warmed/melted, used 2
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
- 1/2 cup salted peanuts chopped
If using baby back ribs take a butter knife, wedge it just underneath the membrane to loosen and pull the membrane up and off the bone. Then just use your hands to pull the rest of the membrane off.
Place the ribs in a large baking dish or roasting pan.
In a large 4 cup glass measuring cup or bowl combine the sweet thai chili sauce, soy sauce, red curry paste, fish sauce, ginger, garlic and pepper. Whisk to combine and then pour the marinade over the ribs. Place the ribs in the fridge overnight, turning then once or twice if possible to make sure they get fully covered in the marinade.
The next morning or afternoon (depending on when you plan to eat) preheat the oven 300 degrees F. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 2 1/2-6 hours (if you go the full six hours bake them at 275 degrees F.) or until very tender. Try to baste the ribs once or twice during cooking. During this time I prepare the BBQ sauce and slaw (recipes below).
When the ribs are done cooking preheat the grill to medium high heat and grease the grates. Remove the ribs from the baking dish and place them a baking sheet or large tray. Cover the ribs in the Peanut BBQ sauce (recipe below) and grill 3-5 minutes per side or until lightly charred. Be careful flipping the ribs as the will be very tender. Serve the ribs with more Peanut BBQ sauce and the Thai Slaw (recipes below).
Peanut BBQ Sauce
In a large glass measuring cup or bowl whisk together the soy sauce, ketchup, warm/melted peanut butter, sweet thai chili sauce, rice vinegar, thai red curry paste, Chinese 5 spice, lime juice and cilantro. If the sauce is not mixing place it in the microwave or over the stove and warm until everything is melted together. If the sauce is to thick add water to your liking.
Thai Peanut Slaw
Add the cabbage, zucchini, red pepper, orange pepper, jalapeno, cilantro and basil to a large bowl. In another small bowl whisk together the lime juice, rice wine vinegar, sweet thai chili sauce, warmed/melted peanut butter, fish sauce, soy sauce and fresh ginger. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss well to coat. Place in the fridge until ready to serve and then add the peanut. The slaw can be made the night before.
Better grab some napkins…things are gonna get messy.
I’ve never been a huge rib eater either…until recently.
Thai flavours are the best, and I totally didnt think peanut butter sounded weird with them…these sound AHMAYZING. And extra sticky means extra yummy. Pinned!
I don’t want them until I crave them. Does that make sense? about 80% of the time i’ll order something else or cook something else but then randomly every now and then i get a craving and i have to have ribs like NOW.
These look fantastic!
This looks amazing!!!!! And that slaw looks so fresh and tasty, rather than the usual mayo soaked one!
These look so good. The messier the better. My husband loves ribs so we will be making these pronto
hahaha I am the opposite cause I love eating messy food and having messy hands 😉 I’ve never tried rib with peanut butter, but I love Thai flavours. I guess it tastes really DELICIOUS. I love all of your recipes and your pictures are always stunning!
YUM…I don’t know which I want first those ribs or that slaw…I could eat that whole bowl of slaw myself..and I’m with you on both counts love saucy hate messy hands. I’m making these for fathers day to win over all those dads..No girly food at the fathers day bbq.
These ribs sound so good!
I don’t care that it’s 6:30 am, I could eat these for breakfast!
Tieghan, you have me convinced: I must get a grill this summer (how I’ve gone this long without one is a complete mystery)–just so I can make these freaky good looking ribs! I never had ribs as a kids (same messy food aversion, unless it was cheesy pizza) but have fully been converted to them as an adult. Can’t wait to try these!
This sauce is amazing! I love the Asian flare and I love ribs, even though they are seriously messy!
ummmmmm that looks DELICIOUS!
I can just imagine the perfect bite with a little bit of chili pepper, a little bit of peanut, a squeeze of lime, and a whole lot of sauce. Perfection!!
This looks absolutely delicious!! I love this twist in the classic rib!
I can taste the spicy-peanut butter flavor just by looking at these and my mouth is seriously watering! I was never into ribs when I was younger either, but I sure am now. These look amazing!
This looks and sounds ummmmazing!
What what a fabulous summer dinner!
Wow, these look amazing! You know I love anything Thai inspired 🙂 And peanut butter goes with everything.
These are GORGEOUS to look at, and I bet their even better to eat! I actually think peanut butter in a rib sauce sounds fantastic! I always love your Thai variations on recipes, because, aside from Mexican (which is hard to beat), Thai is my favorite cuisine!
These look incredible! I think peanut butter is a fantastic idea. These pictures are so gorgeous, what amazing, glossy, colorful ribs!
I’ve only cooked ribs at home once but have been wanting to do it again. Especially after seeing this amazing display!
You are speaking my love language!!
Dyin’ over this, especially that BBQ sauce. AMAZING!!!
Those are some great looking ingredients for the marinade and BBQ sauce.
Bring on the sticky! The messier the ribs, the better. This recipe looks amazing.
I don’t eat ribs but girl these make me want to have some now!! These look so good!
I love ribs! definitely making these on the weekend, I cant wait!
Holy crap those look absolutely stunning! I am drooling!! Great job 🙂
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I’m drooling over these ribs! They looks amazing.
Oh wow, another great recipe, Tieghan! I love Thai flavors, and can’t wait to try this recipe this summer!!!!!
Those ribs look amazing! Stickier the better. Can’t wait to try them and the ginger slaw!
Killer ribs, I love the peanut sauce and that slaw!
I’m loving that stickkkky delicious BBQ sauce and peanuts??? I think they’ll go GREAT with these! OMG! I’m salivating! Gosh! Need to make these STAT!
Thank you so much, Samina!
I did them , there awesome!! my new favorite ribs!
So happy you loved these. Thanks!
These sound and look amazing!!! I’d love to try to make them one night during the week, but I’m curious… how could this be transformed to a slow cooker recipe? I’d love to hear your suggestion!
Hey Jackie! These would be great in the slow cooker. I would just skip the time in the oven and then add the to the slow cooker instead. Cook for about 7-8 hours on low (depending on how many pounds of ribs). You can probably even skip marinating them overnight since you will be cooking them all day. Let me know if you have any other questions, hope you love these!
Thanks! I ended up browning the ribs, then throwing them in the marinade over night, and finally they hit the slow cooker for 7 hours. I put half the BBQ sauce in the slow cooker with the ribs and marinade. When I took them out they were fall off the bone and super saucy, but they didn’t have that black sticky look like your photos. so, I added some more BBQ sauce and threw them under the broiler for a few minutes in the oven and it helped. Either way, everyone LOVED these crazy tender, fall off the bone ribs! Thank you for such a great recipe! We’ll have it again… soon!
Without a doubt a must try for my 2015 barbeque season!
The slaw sounds great and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare ribs.
Thanks for the share!
Rave reviews from this crew! I had to postpone the cooking so the ribs marinated for an extra night, then for various reasons couldn’t use the bbq so I simply turned on the broiler at the end of cooking in the oven to finish them off. Very rich and complex flavour profile, I would definitely want to serve them with something more bland next, like plain rice. Definitely a winner!
Thank you so much Kim!!
These were amazing!!
Thanks so much for making the recipe, I am delighted it was enjoyed! xTieghan
These ribs were insanely delicious! OMG! This recipe is a keeper! 🥰
Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xTieghan