Quick n’ easy and a perfect New Years Eve crowd pleaser

Who doesn’t like Tim’s sensational sticky ribs?!

  • SERVES: 4 – 6
  • PREP TIME: 10 mins
  • COOKING TIME: 2-3 hrs slow cooking
  • DIFFICULTY: easy
  • IDEAL FOR: family, crowds, New Year party
  • BUDGET: £

Don’t over-complicate it

And that’s exactly why Tim’s Sensational Sticky Ribs recipe is perfect for a New Years Eve gathering (or pre- and/or post- pub snack).

This is a no fuss recipe that keeps the masses happy as they lick the sticky rib glaze off their fingers…

New Years Eve

I have to admit, I’m not a great fan of NYE these days, Christmas is my thing.

So by the time NYE comes around, I’m all twinkle-lights-out as well as food and (probably) alcohol… but don’t quote me on that.

I’ve had many good NYE but as a teenager the terrible pressure (and for me at least) the embarrassment of finding someone to have that NYE countdown kiss with…argh, cringe.

Then there was London

Then there were the years in London where we all piled into a pub and danced until the wee hours...

Then waited for many more hours in the freezing cold at a bus stop waiting for a Night Bus (ours were usually the N12, N176, N40) to arrive.

Once on, the party started all over again!

The Night Bus

If you’ve ever lived in London, back before there was Uber), the Night Bus always generated a lot of memories… mostly good, always hilarious!

I mean, put a bunch of partying young people onto a well lit Routemaster ( – fun chasing one down back when you could jump onto the back as it was moving along – )…

From all walks of life, as you rumble along through one of the most amazing cities in the world, collecting more party-goers or dropping them off.

It was a great recipe for randomness

Usually, singing, lot’s of chatting and sharing your eventful night with strangers, making new friends, falling asleep on someone by accident, the odd fight (everyone would always help kick that idiot off)…

It was the best way to end a long night.

Although I always did feel a little for those shift workers who were completely sober either finishing or going off to work and had to cope with these mini night bus parties.

Home for Tim’s sensational sticky ribs

And once you got home, that’s when you needed food! (again, after that earlier kebab).

Sticky ribs cooked the night before would be pulled out of the fridge and tucked in to.

Life couldn’t get any better!

Hangovers, age, Uber

But then hangovers kicked in, age and Uber.

So I must admit, I’m a lot quieter these days (although my kitchen does enjoy a lot of fun).

Just no Night Buses to deal with and I sadly I don’t often make midnight on NYE.

But food is still important and sharing food with good friends.

So, check out this simple recipe and even pass it on to your younger members of the family so they can whip it up before they head out.

But most of all enjoy a very happy new year!

See you in 2020 for another fantastic year of cooking, eating, learning and laughing.

P.S. drink lots of water.

If you have a great simple recipe for parties, drop me a line.

Tim’s sensational sticky ribs recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost £


  • 2 racks of pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, chopped


  • 2 bottles of Hoison sauce
  • 4 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chilli flakes (or to your own taste)
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 cup water


Cooking the ribs

  • In a roasting dish, add your ribs and /2 cup water (or enough to cover the bottom of the dish with water i.e. to create steam)
    Add in the chopped onion and bay leaf and cook on 100C for 3 hours to make tender


  • Once the ribs are nice and tender, take out while you make the glaze.
  • In a bowl mix all the glaze ingredients and then using a spoon or brush, cover liberally both sides of the cooked ribs.
  • Pop back into the oven, turn up to 180C and cook for approx 30 mins or until they look lovely and sticky.
  • Serve with lots of napkins! And a fresh tomato salad.

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