Firing Up The Grill For Chinese New Year

"Yesterday was Chinese New Year. It's the Year of the Rabbit. And here's how dumb I am. I'm still writing the Year of the Pig on my checks."David Letterman

For over 4,000 years, China has marked the beginning of the new year with the country’s most important and grandest annual holiday – Chinese New Year (a.k.a. Lunar New Year).

Unlike most countries that begin each new year on January 1 (i.e. the first day of the Gregorian calendar), China’s storied New Year holiday can fall anywhere between January 21 and February 20, depending on the start of the year’s first lunar cycle. 

A reunion dinner kicks off the annual celebration, and families gather together to enjoy a large feast comprised of a variety of meat dishes, traditional dumplings, and more.

To honor of this tradition and kick off the Lunar New Year in style, the team at is hitting the grill with the following Chinese dishes.

Hoisinful Nine Dragon Chinese Ribs



These deeply flavorful ribs make a fine main dish and, if you cut them into half-size riblets, they work equally well as a finger-food appetizer for a party.



This Asian twist on traditional BBQ baby back ribs is a homage to a dish that our very own Meathead first discovered at the now shuttered restaurant Nine Dragon Inn in Chicago.



These flavorful and juicy burgers contain most of the same ingredients found in Mu Shu Pork, the Chinese American restaurant classic.



An ode to the bright red “barbecued" pork and ribs in Chinatown, this recipe features a dizzingly delicious marinade (complete with red food dye) that is perfect for countless other barbecued meats.



By marrying water and fire, this twist on traditional duck confit (duck cooked in duck fat) includes a homemade Chinese five spice powder.



Crisp on the outside and tender on the outside, this grilled version of traditional Peking duck makes an excellent celebration dish for your next special occasion.


Chinese New Year Grilling Recipes



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