Filipino Food: Adobo Ribs

Chicken or pork adobo is the quintessential Filipino food. The basic sauce is made with white vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, which are kitchen staples in most homes. But I can almost guarantee that every Filipino family has their own spin to this dish. I've eaten it with copious amounts of chili peppers thrown in, coconut milk, or olives. Sometimes there is a medley of different meats; sometimes there are tofu chunks floating around. And you know what? Lahat mabuti: it's all good!

Because baby back pork ribs are the only meat on the bone that my kids will eat, my version is made with ribs. I also bake them in the oven because it's less messy.


1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced 
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 bay leaves

1 rack of pork baby back ribs

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix ingredients in a medium size bowl. Place an oversized sheet of foil on top of a baking sheet. Place ribs on top of the foil. Slowly pour the soy sauce mixture over the ribs. Then seal up the ribs with the foil. Place tray in the oven and bake for 2 hours. Then open up the foil and switch setting on oven to broil. Broil for 5-10 minutes to brown the top of the ribs.