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Iga Bakar Madu: Indonesian Honey BBQ Beef Ribs

Iga Bakar Madu: Indonesian Honey BBQ Beef Ribs

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Beef & Lamb
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


These Javanese-style BBQ beef ribs are slightly sweet, slightly spicy and very savoury, with a beautiful honey glaze to them. A perfect summer barbecue experience for the entirely family, with an Indonesian twist!


  • 1 kg beef ribs
  • 1 small onion, chopped 
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped 
  • 2 big red chillies, chopped 
  • 2 Indonesian bay leaves
  • 1 lemongrass, bruised, knotted
  • 3 cm galangal, bruised 
  • 2 cm ginger, sliced
  • 3 cm cinnamon stick 
  • 4 cloves
  • 0.5 tsp white pepper powder 
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 500 ml water
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce 
  • 1 tbsp lime juice


  1. Blend onion, garlic and chilli into a fine paste.
  2. In a wok or pot, heat the oil over a medium high flame, and then sauté the onion chilli paste.
  3. Add the bay leaves, lemongrass, galangal and ginger, fry for about 3 minutes until fragrant.

    Fry until fragrant

  4. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, white pepper powder and salt. Fry for another 1 minute.
  5. Add the ribs, and then add the water. Mix everything and make sure that the ribs are coated in the liquid.

    Make sure that the ribs are coated in the liquid

  6. Cook over a medium high flame until it boils, then reduce the heat to medium low.
  7. Cover the ribs and simmer for another 1 hr 20 minutes or until the ribs are tender. Add a little bit of hot water if necessary.
  8. 10 minutes before the cooking is done, add the tomato sauce, lime juice, oyster sauce and honey. Mix everything thoroughly. Turn off the flame.
  9. Before serving, grill the ribs using charcoal or on a grill pan, until slightly charred.
  10. Serve immediately.


  • The dish can be accompanied by steamed rice, bread or any style of potato.

Keywords: Barbeque, grilled, red meat, festivities