Good marinade for pork ribs

I had practiced what I preach: take something out of the freezer in advance to thaw and then you are obligated to cook it. Problem was, I didn’t have the time to slow cook the pork ribs which is the preferred method. So instead, I made up this marinade, let the ribs sit in it for a while, then grilled them.

Dean was skeptical, he thought they’d be tough. I basted the daylights out of them while they were on the grill, God forbid I feed Dean tough ribs and get ridiculed indefinitely for it.  I reduced the remainder of the marinade on the stove top so it was good and cooked through and a nice sauce….

While consuming these tasty ribs, Dean said,  “This marinade is something my Dad would like.” I thought that was a good thing. You don’t know Dean’s dad, but trust me, that is a good thing.


  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1/4 c vermouth or dry sherry
  • 1/2 c oyster sauce
  • 1/3 c sugar or less if you use honey
  • small knob grated ginger
  • 1-3 Tbs Chinese Garlic Hot Sauce to taste


  • Mix it all together combine it with ribs in plastic ziplock and let marinate for 2-8 hours.
  • Cook on the grill turning several times and basting for 8-12 minutes depending on size and your fearlessness of rare pork.

Eat. They are surprisingly tender and delicious.

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