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And heavy on the BBQ Sauce.

Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w-Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw |

Because what are ribs without tons of sauce? Not messy enough, that’s what.

Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w-Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw |

Ok, but let’s talk about ribs for a second. Growing up I almost never ate them. It wasn’t that I did not like them. I think it was more that I hated how messy they always were. To be honest, I still do. I am weird and I hate eating messy food and having messy hands. I don’t really know why it bothers me so much, but it does.

However, I am learning to get over it because ribs are fun and they scream summer and we all know how much I am into summer right now.

Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w-Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw |

Now let’s talk about THESE ribs. I know that peanut butter and ribs together seems weird and maybe even gross to a few of you, but please hear me out. First off, I just need to say that these ribs are awesome. Very different, yes, but sometimes the traditional BBQ ribs can get old, barbecue after barbecue, you know? So that is when these ribs come into play.

Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w-Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw |

I first thought of the idea after looking back at these peanut butter burgers I made from my favorite restaurant back In Rocky River, Ohio, Bearden’s. Peanut butter and meat go really well together, so why not try it on some ribs? I was pretty excited about the idea and it has been developing and changing slightly over the last couple weeks. I finally found some ribs that looked good and I went for it….and added some Thai flavors because it just seemed right.

It was. Really, really right.

Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w-Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw |

I know ribs may seem a little intimidating, but I think the secret is cooking them long and slow and then grilling them before eating. And lots of sauce. We love sauce over here.

No but really, ribs are pretty simple. They take a while, but they are simple. Just marinate, bake and grill. The BBQ sauce only requires one bowl and while the slaw does have a lot of ingredients you really just have to toss them all together. No big deal.

AND everything can be prepped in advance making them perfect for summer entertaining. You can even cook the ribs fully through and then just grill them before you are ready to eat, making things a little less hectic come dinner time.

Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w-Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw |

Oh and did I mention that they are extra sticky? Because they are, and wow, it is so good. It’s all in the sauce.

Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w-Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw |

Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w/Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 586 kcal

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Peanut BBQ Sauce

Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw

  • 4 cups cabbage shredded, use both green and purple
  • 1 zucchini cut into strips
  • 1 red pepper cut into strips
  • 1 orange pepper. cut into strips
  • 1 large jalapeno seeded + chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 2 lime juiced
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter warmed/melted, used 2
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts chopped



  • If using baby back ribs take a butter knife, wedge it just underneath the membrane to loosen and pull the membrane up and off the bone. Then just use your hands to pull the rest of the membrane off.
  • Place the ribs in a large baking dish or roasting pan.
  • In a large 4 cup glass measuring cup or bowl combine the sweet thai chili sauce, soy sauce, red curry paste, fish sauce, ginger, garlic and pepper. Whisk to combine and then pour the marinade over the ribs. Place the ribs in the fridge overnight, turning then once or twice if possible to make sure they get fully covered in the marinade.
  • The next morning or afternoon (depending on when you plan to eat) preheat the oven 300 degrees F. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 2 1/2-6 hours (if you go the full six hours bake them at 275 degrees F.) or until very tender. Try to baste the ribs once or twice during cooking. During this time I prepare the BBQ sauce and slaw (recipes below).
  • When the ribs are done cooking preheat the grill to medium high heat and grease the grates. Remove the ribs from the baking dish and place them a baking sheet or large tray. Cover the ribs in the Peanut BBQ sauce (recipe below) and grill 3-5 minutes per side or until lightly charred. Be careful flipping the ribs as the will be very tender. Serve the ribs with more Peanut BBQ sauce and the Thai Slaw (recipes below).

Peanut BBQ Sauce

  • In a large glass measuring cup or bowl whisk together the soy sauce, ketchup, warm/melted peanut butter, sweet thai chili sauce, rice vinegar, thai red curry paste, Chinese 5 spice, lime juice and cilantro. If the sauce is not mixing place it in the microwave or over the stove and warm until everything is melted together. If the sauce is to thick add water to your liking.

Thai Peanut Slaw

  • Add the cabbage, zucchini, red pepper, orange pepper, jalapeno, cilantro and basil to a large bowl. In another small bowl whisk together the lime juice, rice wine vinegar, sweet thai chili sauce, warmed/melted peanut butter, fish sauce, soy sauce and fresh ginger. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss well to coat. Place in the fridge until ready to serve and then add the peanut. The slaw can be made the night before.
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Extra Sticky Thai BBQ Ribs w-Peanut BBQ Sauce + Sweet Thai Ginger Slaw |

Better grab some napkins…things are gonna get messy.

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  1. Oh wow, another great recipe, Tieghan! I love Thai flavors, and can’t wait to try this recipe this summer!!!!!

  2. I don’t eat ribs but girl these make me want to have some now!! These look so good!

  3. Bring on the sticky! The messier the ribs, the better. This recipe looks amazing.

  4. I’ve only cooked ribs at home once but have been wanting to do it again. Especially after seeing this amazing display!

  5. These look incredible! I think peanut butter is a fantastic idea. These pictures are so gorgeous, what amazing, glossy, colorful ribs!

  6. These are GORGEOUS to look at, and I bet their even better to eat! I actually think peanut butter in a rib sauce sounds fantastic! I always love your Thai variations on recipes, because, aside from Mexican (which is hard to beat), Thai is my favorite cuisine!

  7. Wow, these look amazing! You know I love anything Thai inspired 🙂 And peanut butter goes with everything.