“Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome, when we’re living our dream

Everything is better when we stick together
Side by side, you and I gonna win forever, let’s party forever
We’re the same, I’m like you, you’re like me, we’re all working in harmony”

Roasted Pork Ribs

Does that ring a bell? If you haven’t watched The LEGO Movie yet, please go see it! It’s hilarious, fun, and deep! Plus, you get this cheerful song stuck in your head for quite a while, which is pretty awesome, actually! 🙂

Now let’s see what you will be making very soon – Ribs! Pork Ribs! Roasted Pork Ribs! Super Freaking Good Roasted Pork Ribs!

Roasted Pork Ribs

I realized that last time I shared with you a meat recipe  was back in December last year. Wow, can’t believe it’s been almost three months already. We are certainly not vegetarian or pescatarian, even though we enjoy vegetables and seafood more than meat, so what was I thinking?

Roasted Pork Ribs

I blame my sweet teeth! I have been spending a lot of time on making desserts like this, this and this. (Yes, you are absolutely going to have all the recipes!)

That doesn’t mean that we don’t like meat. We do, but for some reason, we just barely crave pork. However, these ribs changed everything! Han and I devoured 4 of these respectively, in a row. It was a quiet moment. It involved disregarding each other’s existence, getting sauces all over our faces, and licking our fingers one after another. Trust me, you don’t want to miss these!

Roasted Pork Ribs

Marinating and roasting are pretty much all you need to. What’s in the marinade? Let’s see.

Tomato paste
Soy sauce
Ground mustard
Olive oil

 Roasted Pork Ribs

Don’t you have all the ingredients for the marinade in your kitchen already? Go mix them and let your ribs sit in it over night. Your house is going to smell like a heaven when you roast them the next day. Seriously, these are great for a family for two (like us), a family for four, or even for a crowd.

Roasted Pork Ribs

They are extremely tender, juicy, and flavorful! I won’t judge you if you end up licking the bones. Literally, everything about these roasted pork ribs is AWESOME!

Roasted Pork Ribs

Watch The LEGO Movie trailer with a happy song – “Everything Is Awesome” and a delicious recipe! Have a fantastic day, guys! Cheers!

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Roasted Pork Ribs


Roasted in a flavorful sauce mixed with honey, tomato paste, ground mustard, garlic and soy sauce, these pork ribs are seriously to die for!


Units Scale
  • 1 6ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds pork back ribs, cut


  1. In a large container (big enough to hold all the ribs), mix tomato paste, soy sauce, honey, ground mustard, garlic, and olive oil. Stir until smooth and even to form a marinade.
  2. Rinse ribs and pat the surface of the ribs dry with paper towels before marinating. Use tongs to roll one rib at a time in the marinade and continue with the rest of the ribs until each of them is well coated. Set the ribs in fridge to marinate over night.
  3. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350°F. Take out the ribs from your fridge and let them sit in room temperature for 15 minutes. In the meanwhile, add 1/4 cup water in a large baking dish (use a roasting pan if you have one) and transfer the ribs over.
  4. When oven is fully preheated, bake uncovered for 2 to 2.5 hours. (Depends on how strong your oven is).
  5. Half way through roasting, flip the ribs by using tongs and add the other 1/4 cup water from each corner of your baking dish.
  6. When done roasting, let the ribs rest for 10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
  7. Next step, grab one immediately and ENJOY!


  • Serving Size: 4-6

Keywords: pork ribs

  • When purchasing ribs, the store staff normally will be happy to trim the fat and cut them for you if you ask. They know how to do the work properly, so you don’t have to go through the hassle. Plus, it’s easier and better for marinating this way.
  • If you are going to be using a glass baking dish for this recipe like I did, cover it with aluminum foil entirely before adding water and transferring your marinated ribs into it. This will make the cleanup a lot easier.
  • If you forget to cover your baking dish with foil like I did too, no worries! Here’s what you can do to clean it effortlessly. Soak your baking dish with hot water and 1/4 cup baking soda for 30 minutes. Set your dish washer to hi-temp wash. Use Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Detergent (Grease Fighting) as main wash. I also recommend to use pre-wash function in this case. It worked like a charm for me. Hope you find this tip helpful!

*Note: This recipe is adopted from a lovely actress Louise Nolan, who’s known for A Matter of Justice (2011) and Francoeur (2003). How did I meet her? Travel, my friend! 🙂

About the Author

Sharon Chen is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, an author and a sous vide fanatic who believes food not only brings healing but also connection. As the creator of StreetSmart Kitchen, she's on a mission to help you find balance, ease, joy, and simplicity in the kitchen as you improve your well-being.