Dennis’ Famous Whiskey Hoisin Ribs
One of the perks to being married to my husband is enjoying the company of his Godparents. Visiting them at their home in beautiful Vancouver BC always leads to numerous culinary adventures—from the best fish and chips at Pajo’s in Steveston, to the amazing home cooked meals from Uncle Dennis. Dennis and his wife Kareen have been friends with my husbands family for over half a century. It’s a bond that transcends generations.
On our visits up north my husband loves to go on long walks with Dennis–sometimes up to eight miles. These walks usually end at a grocery store where my husband is taught the proper way to select the best ear of corn, or the sweetest apple.
Dennis has that rare ability to make everybody happy and calm, refusing to speak bad about anyone and focusing only on the positive. These Whiskey Hoisin Ribs are his invention and I was lucky enough that he taught me how to make his recipe. I love them so much, that years later I’m adapting it here for the Instant Pot.
At first glance its a traditional bbq baby back rib, but upon closer inspection its laced with a depth of flavor uncommon in traditional backyard bbq. From the sticky caramelized hoisin glaze, to the subtle taste of scotch whisky—this is the apex of taste bud heaven. They are visually stunning from the honey which gives the glaze the most beautiful sheen. Garnish them with sesame seeds that give it a nutty prelude and a subtle crunch. These will surely impress anyone you make them for!