Sweet and Spicy Glazed Button Bones

These Sweet and Spicy Glazed Button Bones are an easy appetizer and are unbelievably good. Go grab some napkins and get ready for some finger-lickin’ good, melt-in-your-mouth, sweet and spicy button bones.



“Button Bones” also known as riblets or pork back rib tails are an inexpensive cut of pork that comes from the last 5 or so ribs on the backbone. The bones are flat and circular and are quite meaty and very lean.

The button bones that you get at the market will likely come in large slabs of ribs. You will need to break these down into smaller pieces. With your fingers feel where the bone is and just cut through vertically with a sharp knife. Repeat this with the remaining ribs. Now, you are all set to marinate your ribs.

Sweet and Spicy Glazed Button Bones

Recipe Source: A Vintage Kitchen

  • 2 teaspoons Sambal Olek
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 lbs. pork button bones or riblets, cut into pieces
  • Garnish: sesame seeds and chopped green onion


  1.  With a sharp knife cut the button bones or riblets between the bones vertically into pieces. Pour remaining ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Marinate mixture 4 to 12  hours in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet 60 to 75 minutes or until the meat pulls away easily from the bone. Turn often during cooking. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve hot.

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