Vietnamese-style Barbecue Ribs


Vietnamese-style Barbecue Ribs

Tender and Flavorful Vietnamese Barbecue Ribs

In Vietnamese cuisine, bold flavors and aromatic spices are combined to create mouthwatering dishes. This recipe takes the classic American barbecue ribs and infuses them with Vietnamese flavors, resulting in tender and flavorful ribs that will transport you to the streets of Vietnam.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

30-40 minutes

2 hours 15 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Omnivore, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Low-carb

Soy, Fish

Vegetarian, Vegan, Kosher, Halal, Paleo


While the original American barbecue ribs are typically smoky and sweet, this Vietnamese adaptation adds a unique blend of spices and herbs to create a savory and aromatic flavor profile. The marinade incorporates ingredients commonly found in Vietnamese cuisine, such as fish sauce, lemongrass, and ginger, giving the ribs a distinct Vietnamese twist. We alse have the original recipe for Barbecue Ribs, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 450 kcal / 1880 KJ
  • Fat: 25g (Saturated Fat: 8g)
  • Carbohydrates: 15g (Sugars: 10g)
  • Protein: 40g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Salt: 2g


  1. 1.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. 2.
    In a bowl, combine the minced garlic, chopped lemongrass, fish sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, grated ginger, five-spice powder, black pepper, and sesame oil.
  3. 3.
    Place the racks of pork ribs in a large dish and pour the marinade over them, ensuring they are evenly coated. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  4. 4.
    Remove the ribs from the marinade and let them come to room temperature.
  5. 5.
    Grill the ribs over medium-high heat for about 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are cooked through and nicely charred.
  6. 6.
    Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
  7. 7.
    Serve the Vietnamese-style barbecue ribs hot and enjoy!

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Lemongrass — Remove the tough outer layers and use only the tender inner part for the best flavor.
  • Fish sauce — Look for a high-quality fish sauce with no added MSG for authentic Vietnamese taste.
  • Five-spice powder — If you can't find pre-made five-spice powder, you can make your own by combining equal parts ground cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns.

Tips & Tricks

  • For extra tenderness, you can wrap the marinated ribs in foil and bake them in the oven at 150°C (300°F) for 2 hours before grilling.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, add a teaspoon of chili flakes or a finely chopped chili pepper to the marinade.
  • Serve the ribs with a side of pickled vegetables and steamed jasmine rice for a complete Vietnamese meal experience.

Serving advice

Serve the Vietnamese-style barbecue ribs as a main course, accompanied by steamed jasmine rice and a side of pickled vegetables. Garnish with fresh cilantro for added freshness and aroma.

Presentation advice

Arrange the grilled ribs on a platter, garnish with fresh cilantro, and drizzle any remaining marinade over the top for an appetizing presentation. Serve with a side of pickled vegetables and steamed jasmine rice.