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A lettuce wrap filled with Asian BBQ pork.

BBQ Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 wraps (depending on size of lettuce leaves) 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Make these BBQ Asian pork lettuce wraps in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop for a healthy savory meal that’s better than your favorite restaurant! 


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Sticky Sauce

  • 1/4 cup smooth almond butter or nut/seed butter
  • 1/4 cup rice wine or rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup gluten free BBQ sauce
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons Sriracha or gluten free Asian chili sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tamari sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon freshly minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

For the Pot/Pan

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds (20 to 24 ounces) boneless pork loin country-style ribs (see notes for substitutes)
  • 2 Tablespoons refined avocado oil or light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth (see notes)

For serving 

  • 6 to 8 Boston bib lettuce leaves (more, if needed)
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Cucumber slices
  • Fresh chopped cilantro and scallions, to garnish
  • Lime juice and lime wedges
  • Optional garnish – chopped nuts



  1. Place 2 Tablespoons oil and the pork ribs in the Instant Pot. Place on SAUTE for 2 minutes, browning the pork ribs. Remove the ribs and place on a plate. Turn off sauté.


Cooking Tips – Two pounds of pork ribs may be used as there is enough sauce. Prepare as above, sear the ribs in batches, if needed, and stack ribs on top of each other when pressure cooking. For thicker sauce use less water, ¼ cup to ⅓ cup, but note that you may get a burn signal on the instant pot.

Alternative Method – STOVE TOP OPTION – Follow Step 1 & 2, prepare sauce, sear ribs in a medium-sized saucepan, then remove ribs from pan. Turn heat down to low and add the sauce plus 3/4 cup water or broth to the same pan. Mix until combined. Simmer the sauce for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often. Place the ribs back in the pan and coat them in the sauce. Cover the pan with a lid while the ribs cook on medium-low heat. Turn the ribs in the sauce, scraping the sauce from the pan so it doesn’t burn. The sauce will thicken as it cooks. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of the meat, about 30 to 40 minutes or until the ribs are tender and cooked through reaching an internal temperature of 140°F to 145° F. Rest 5 minutes before slicing.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rest Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot, Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size: 1 lettuce wrap with cabbage topping
  • Calories: 223
  • Sugar: 3.9 g
  • Sodium: 434.8 mg
  • Fat: 11.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 22.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 71.9 mg