Showing posts with label pork ribs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pork ribs. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Spicy Sticky Pork Ribs #FoodieExtravaganza

Meaty pork ribs, kecap manis (AKA sweet soy sauce) and fresh hot chili peppers are cooked slowly till the ribs become tender and the sauce is sticky and more-ish. You will be licking your fingers after these guys. 

I’ve been making almost the identical dish with chicken wings for a very long time. Since the summer of 1998, in fact, when I first made it as a snack while watching the FIFA World Cup when Brazil, the country we were calling home at the time, came in second. It was tragic.

But I love pork too and couldn’t stop thinking about the possibility of this same treatment of ribs. I just had the feeling that fatty pork ribs would be fabulous.  This month my Foodie Extravaganza group is sharing pork recipes for National Pork Month so this was the perfect time to try it out.

And speaking of fabulous, I was right. If you are a fan of pork, make sure you scroll down to see all the other Foodie Extravaganza recipe links as well.

3 lbs 13 oz or 1.74kg pork ribs (More or less – that’s what my two packs held.)
2 1/2 cups or 590ml kecap manis or sweet soy sauce
(or substitute: 1 1/2 cups normal soy sauce plus 1 1/2 cups packed or 300g dark brown sugar)
4 small red chilies or 2 teaspoons crushed red chilies

Optional garnish: some chopped green onions

Cut your pork ribs apart.

Chop your chilies into little bitty pieces.

Put your ribs into a large pot that allows sufficient stirring room. If you use a non-stick pot, you will be able to get the ribs really, really sticky, but it’s not essential.

Toss in the chopped chilies and pour in the kecap manis. Add a half cup or 120ml of water.

Cook over a low to medium flame, covered, for about 30-40 minutes. If you don’t have a lid for your large pot, fashion one out of heavy duty foil. It is essential that the ribs be covered for at least the first 20-25 minutes so that they cook though.

Stir the ribs gently, occasionally.

As you keep cooking them, the ribs will give off some liquid and bubble up. The kecap manis will thin as it heats up.

Just keep stirring and cooking until the liquid starts to evaporate.

At this point, take the lid off and watch the ribs carefully and stir more often, still gently though, as you don’t want the meat to fall off the bones.

Keep cooking and stirring until all the liquid is gone and the ribs are nice and sticky.

They aren’t the prettiest in the photos because they look black and the light bounces off their shininess but they are divine. You simply must eat these with your hands, so you can chew on the bones and lick your fingers afterwards.


Many thanks to this month's host, Lauren at From Gate to Plate. Check out all the wonderful pork recipes we've got for you this month!

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Barbecue Beans and Pork Ribs

Barbecued beans and pork ribs cooked with loads of flavor make a great meal for Sunday Supper or anytime.

Since we are celebrating fathers today at Sunday Supper, I thought a manly meal was most appropriate.  And there is nothing more manly than barbecued beans served alongside barbecued pork ribs that have been tenderly baked and then slathered with barbecue sauce and grilled over an open charcoal flame.   If you want to throw together a green salad, that works too, but many men will find it quite superfluous.  Our Sunday Supper host this week is none other than our illustrious leader, Isabel from Family Foodie. creator and chief motivator of the Sunday Supper group.

I’d love to write a tribute here to my father, but, the truth is, I just don’t know where to start.  Maybe it’s a daughter thing, but my father has always been larger than life for me.  He is a man of intense intelligence and quick wit, with the softest heart.  My parents divorced when I was nine years old so time with Daddy has always been precious.  Let me tell you one story.  Many years ago, summer of 1983 to be precise, Daddy had just moved from Jakarta to Brunei.  In the days pre-internet, the only way I could let him know that I was headed his way was to make a very expensive transatlantic phone call or to ask his Dallas office to send him a telex.   As a poor college student, I chose the latter.

I arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan, after more than 30 hours of traveling, exhausted but elated to be there.  No one was at the airport to greet me.  Since this was my first visit, I suddenly realized that I didn’t even know Daddy’s address or phone number.  I approached the counter of the local car rental company and asked if they had a phone book I could borrow.  Mercifully, they did and Daddy’s office telephone number was listed there.  The lady behind the counter was kind enough to dial it for me and Daddy’s secretary put me through.  My father’s response to hearing my voice was succinct.  “Stacy, you screw up!”  Yet somehow Daddy made it sound like an endearment.   He roared up to the airport to collect me.  And he took the afternoon off and we went home.

Daddy is a great storyteller, a trait he inherited from his own father, a raconteur from way back.  (His advice has always been to never to let the truth get in the way of a good story.)  Lots of his tall tales involve the exploits of his daughters and I have heard him tell the story of my first arrival in Brunei many times over the years.  I think that he has a certain pride in our ability to travel alone and land on the ground, feet first, even in strange land.  This week I am visiting my father and my stepmother in their current home of Ecuador.  I reminded him of that old story, and his own snippy response.  Never mind that it has been 30 years, he had the good grace to blush.  It’s so great to share the laughter.  Now let’s cook some beans and ribs.

I made these dishes a while back and took the photos in less than ideal conditions so my apologies for the poor lighting.

For the beans:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup or 60ml apple cider vinegar
6 oz (by weight) or 1 cup or 170g dried cannellini beans
1 can (14.5 oz or 411g) chopped tomatoes
1/2 small can (3 oz or 75g) tomato paste
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons sea salt
1- 2 teaspoons cayenne (depending on how spicy you like your beans)

For the ribs:
1 rack of baby back pork ribs per person
Sea salt
Black pepper
Olive oil
Barbecue sauce (I usually make my own but use whatever sauce is your favorite.)

First, preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and put the ribs in an oven safe baking pan.  Season them liberally on both sides with sea salt and black pepper.  Give the ribs a good drizzle of olive oil and add a cup of water to the pan.

Cover with foil. When the oven reaches the correct temperature, put the ribs in and set a timer for one hour.

Now get the beans started.  I use a pressure cooker because I prefer to keep the beans whole.  I find that if I start with soaked beans and cook them in a normal pot, by the time they are soft enough for me, they are also a big mush.  The pressure cooker cooks them through without them completely disintegrating.

Put all the bean ingredients into a pressure cooker with enough water to cover the beans plus about two inches or 4cm.

Close the lid and turn the fire on high and bring to a boil.  When you hear the ch-ch-ch noise of the steam start, turn the fire down to medium low.  The pressure should still be making an audible ch-ch-ch, just more quietly.

Cook for about 40 minutes and then remove from the stove.  Allow the pressure cooker to cool enough until it is safe to open.

Open the pressure cooker and test a bean.  If they are cooked or very close to cooked, put the pressure cooker back on the stove, without the lid, and cook until the liquid reduces to your desired thickness.   Or, if sticking seems to be problem, put the beans into a non-stick skillet and do the same.  Some folks like their beans runny but when it comes to barbecue beans, I think thicker is better.  Use your own judgment.   Taste the salt and pepper and add more if necessary.

Meanwhile, about 15-20 minutes before your ribs are done, light your grill.   When the coals are ready, remove the ribs from the oven and take off the foil.

Grill the ribs, applying the barbecue sauce of your choice liberally on one side and then the other.

Turning the ribs every few minutes, until the sauce is cooked on and the ribs are sticky.

This only takes about 15 minutes.


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