Barbecued Spare Ribs

Barbecued Spare Ribs

You should know by now that ribs are my kryptonite. My mother did a tomato braise that was out of this world and I’ve been on a quest to recreate that 48-hour goodness for a long time.

This recipe from The New York Times is the opposite. It’s an attempt to re-create the dryish, very sticky ribs you get from a Chinese restaurant. I was short a couple of ingredients which we’re going to correct today or tomorrow (Lee Kum Kee for the win!) but that didn’t make too much difference. The major innovations for me were:

  • Roast the ribs low and slow at 150C for one to two hours over a grill tray of water. This makes the rib meat soft. No pre-boiling and the meat was flavourful!
  • Baste the ribs with the marinade every ten minutes for the last half hour to get the lovely glazed texture.
  • Otherwise, there was little to surprise in the marinade: ketchup, honey, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, five spice powder, rice wine, rice vinegar and so on.

Overall, this recipe is a win and one I’ll be re-doing as soon as I get all the ingredients. In fact, I’ll probably have the leftovers for lunch today.

Previous attempts

Othwise, previous attempts here:

The quest for BBQ spare ribs

BBC Barbecue spare ribsSaturday was a win again at the farmer’s market. As well as scoring some excellent broad beans and lovely Crafty Devil beer, Charcutier Ltd again had an offer on their spare ribs so the quest was on to cook them even better! This time, I went for this recipe from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sweetstickyspicyribs_85067

I’m now a big fan of poaching ribs before cooking. It makes the meat so tender!

The sauce in the recipe was fine, ketchup and soy sauce being the base of most of this kind of sauce, however, I spruced it up with:

  • 1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder

And probably some other bits (cumin?) that I forget. The result was a sauce with a slightly more complex flavour and more depth.

Will definitely use this recipe as a base again!

 

 

 

BBC Barbecued Spare Ribs

Marinading Spare Ribs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sweetandstickyribs_75147

We were at the @RCMAmarkets today stocking up on essentials like fresh broad beans, eggs and so on, when, getting my bacon roll from Charcutier I happened to spy that he had half price spare ribs.

Thinking that’s tonight’s barbecue sorted (it’s not raining in Cardiff today, oddly), my next task was a recipe. Eschewing American cuisine and web sites, the BBC came up with this by Antony Worrall Thompson:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sweetandstickyribs_75147

Nothing particularly mystical about this recipe, it’s the usual ketchup, soy, honey and other bits, but as it’s sitting there marinading right now, the smells are just right. The recipe also says to boil for an hour or so in the marinade and water so I’m hopeful that the meat will be tender. Fingers crossed!

Barbecued Spare Ribs – Fail

Spare Ribs

 

Many years ago, back in the dark ages of the 70’s before people in Britain could cook, my mum dutifully collected weekly magazines that eventually became a series of doorstop volumes called “Supercook”. From that, several family staples emerged: chicken casserole, black forest gateau, barbecued spare ribs and so on. Note they all early first letters!

Spare ribs became the main treat: cooked over several stages ending with succulent meat falling off the bone and a flavour rich tomato sauce. Since then, ribs (as well as pork belly) are usually my go-to item on a menu. Now we have an outside space and decent weather, I’ve been barbecuing often, sometimes with a jar of supermarket sauce or James Martin’s excellent sauce. Having bought some ribs and having seen this comprehensive overview pop on Nomr from The Guardian, I decided to have a go.

I tried her recipe with too much mustard and not enough moisture and it was frankly awful. The meat was OK but that was it. Avoid.

I shall however continue the quest!