Date Night Falling Off The Bone Chinese Spare Ribs

Welcome to my date night falling off the bone Chinese spare ribs recipe. A chance to enjoy delicious spare ribs on a budget!

Welcome to my date night falling off the bone Chinese spare ribs recipe.

I recently read an article on a food blog, well more specifically a barbeque food blog and it was a big heated debate about what falling off the bone in the rib department actually meant.

Well there were some serious grillers insisting that you should never serve ribs “falling off the bone” as this actually meant that they were burnt and had lost their flavour. Yet there were others that were saying the complete opposite and that it has its nicest flavour when it is slow cooked and is falling off the bone.

Personally, I am all for the latter, and couldn’t imagine my ribs any other way than falling off the bone and hate it when ribs are not slow cooked.

I remember having ribs at an outdoor barbeque restaurant in February and because they had just been cooked on the grill and they hadn’t been marinated or slow cooked they were so chewy and gave me toothache. I was really not impressed and didn’t even finish the one I was eating.

It was tough and it felt like something cheap (which of course ribs are) but it didn’t have the lovely texture that slow cooked ribs have or a taste that I liked.

So I think it is safe to say that if I am going to eat ribs then they have to be slow cooked. I did my first slow cooked ribs recipe in the blog just after I started it last year and they are one of our most popular posts. But and it’s a BIG BUT this recipe is very much my favourite for a romantic night in for two. Serve it with some fresh bread and a movie and you have the perfect evening.

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Date Night Falling Off The Bone Chinese Spare Ribs
Serves: 2
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  • 1 Large Pack Baby Back Ribs
  • Ginger (thumb size piece grated)
  • 1Tbsp Honey
  • 1Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1Tbsp Garlic Puree
  • 1Tbsp Mustard
  • 1Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1Tsp Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Add all your seasoning to the bottom of your slow cooker and mix with a wooden spoon. Place your ribs into the slow cooker and mix well with your hands until the ribs are all evenly coated.
  2. Place the slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone.
  3. Serve with warm crusty bread.
The beauty of this is that you can just use your regular spoons for measuring and it is so quick to get together. You could also set the slow cooker for low put it on before you go to work and then collect some fresh bread from the supermarket on the way home from work and know you have a lovely romantic meal to go home to.

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4 comments… add one
  • avatar Carson Jaymes Nov 15, 2016, 2:20 pm

    Recipe calls for ‘Mixed Spice,’ is this a certain brand? or Is it like 5 spice? or what are the ingredients in the Mix Spice if one can’t find it? Thanks

    • avatar Samantha and Dominic Nov 16, 2016, 11:34 am

      Hi Carson

      The mixed spice is typically an english mixed spice much like the pumpkin spice used in the USA, here is a description from wikipedia:

      Mixed spice typically contains:

      Cinnamon (or cassia)
      It may also contain, or commonly have added to it:

      Coriander (seed)
      Cayenne pepper (historically)

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards


  • avatar Virginia Feb 1, 2017, 5:22 pm

    How many pounds of ribs did you use? 1, 2 lb?

    • avatar Samantha and Dominic Feb 2, 2017, 3:27 pm

      Hi Virginia,

      We get our ribs per pack not loose so we used when converted 0.6lb just short of a pound. If you want to cook more add a quarter more of the ingredients and up the cooking time slightly. Hope they turn out ok for you.



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