Hoisin Sauce Question

I have been debating about getting a jar but I am not 100 percent sure if it is what I want.

When you go to a Chinese restaurant and order their little ribs, they are covered in a red sauce that is almost sweet. Is that hoisin sauce?


Lisa -

Hoisin sauce is dark brown - and it is used in many Chinese BBQ sauces.

Would this help?

Chinese Spareribs

These are not the sweet, gooey, sticky ribs you get at cheap Chinese
take out joints, instead they are drier and have a more complex and
wonderful flavor.


3 pounds pork spareribs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Barbecue Sauce

2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 large garlic cloves
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped ginger
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons red bean paste

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

Sprinkle ribs evenly with salt and pepper in an ovenproof dish and
bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Combine the sauce ingredients in a blender and mix for 15 or 20
seconds or until pureed. Add the sauce to the ribs coating them
evenly. Turn the oven up to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional
30 minutes.



2 pounds lean pork spareribs
3 slices fresh ginger
2 green onions chopped
5 Tablespoons soy sauce(light)
2 Tablespoons wine (rice wine or sherry)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon Hoisin sauce (available at oriental food store)
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Roast ribs in 350* oven for at least 1 hour until brown. Cut into slices and serve.

Spareribs With Hoisin Sauce
Serves 4 to 6.

2 pounds spareribs
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup boiling water

Cut the spareribs apart into 1-inch pieces. Place in a shallow glass baking dish.

Combine the light soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ketchup, rice wine or sherry, brown sugar, and the chopped garlic. Pour over the spareribs. Cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator, turning occasionally to make sure the ribs are thoroughly coated.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius, set oven to either 175 degrees Celsius). Dissolve the honey in the boiling water.

Fill a shallow roasting pan with 1/2-inch of water and place in the bottom of the oven. Place the pork on a rack above the water. Roast the pork for 30 minutes, or until the ribs just begin shrinking and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius). Brush the spareribs several times with the honey and water mixture during roasting. Remove and cool.

Spareribs can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen. (Thaw frozen pork in the refrigerator or microwave. Use refrigerated pork within 4 days. Reheat frozen or refrigerated pork before serving).

Red Sweet and Sour Sauce

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup sugar
15 drops red pepper sauce

Mix all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.

Chinese BBQ Sauce

½ cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
2 clove garlic – , minced

Combine all ingredients and heat until smooth and bubbly

Fried Sweet Chili Short Ribs


* 400g beef short ribs (cut into pieces)
* 1/2 onion (shredded)
* 75g Chinese celery (shredded)
* 1 red chili (shredded)


* 2 Tbsp Chili Sauce
* 2 Tbsp Oyster Flavored Sauce
* 1 Tbsp sugar
* 1 tsp Sesame Oil


* 3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
* 2 Tbsp water


  1. Mix short ribs with marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Shallow-fry short ribs in oil until 70% done. Drain and set aside.
  3. Saute onion and red chili in 1 Tbsp oil until fragrant. Add short ribs, Chinese celery and sauce mix. Cook until heat through.

Ah. So it is just part of the sauce and not the entire sauce. Thank you for the recipes!


Lisa - You’re very welcomed and please let us know how the recipes work out if you try them!