Cheat Days / Bake it Instead

Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs


1 rack of pork ribs

1 thumb size piece of Ginger

3 cloves garlic

Dry Rub

2 tsp Sichuan peppercorns

5–6 star anise

½ tsp ground cloves

1 tbsp ground Chinese cinnamon

1 tbsp ground fennel seeds

½ tsp sea salt (optional)

The Glaze

Juice of 3 mandarins

Juice of ½ lime

A handful of dried mandarin peel

2 tbsp maple syrup


1 ½ tbsp tomato paste


Place all of the "Dry Rub" into a pestle and mortar and grind into a finely ground spice mix. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place the ribs on top.

Finely slice the garlic and ginger and then rub all over the rack of ribs along with the "Dry Rub".

Mix all "The Glaze" together ready for later.


Preheat the oven to 150°C. Place the baking tray of ribs into the oven and roast for 45 minutes. Then remove the ribs, turn the heat up to 230°C and pour the glaze over the top of them. Roast for a further 5–6 minutes, turn once and roast again to char both sides of the rack of ribs. Serve