Ribs Rubbed with Asian Pesto Recipe

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Ribs Rubbed With Asian Pesto Recipe


  • 2 sides spareribs or your favorite ribs
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • 1 1/2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup cilantro sprigs
  • 1 small green onion green and white parts
  • 5 cloves garlic — finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grated or finely minced orange zest
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or Chinese rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons thin soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chile sauce


  1. Place the ribs, meaty side down, on a flat surface.
  2. Using your fingernail, loosen a little of the membrane along the end of the last rib bone.
  3. Then, grasp the membrane firmly with a paper towel (so that the membrane doesn’t slip from your grip).
  4. Holding the ribs down with the other hand, pull the membrane away.
  5. If it doesn’t pull away in one piece, dislodge any remaining membrane, grip it with a paper towel, and pull the membrane away.
  6. Then place the ribs in a rectangular dish or baking pan.
  7. Combine the soy sauce, orange juice, and honey Rub this sauce over the ribs, coating them evenly Marinate the ribs, refrigerated, for at least 15 minutes.
  8. For more flavor; marinate for up to 8 hours.
  9. To make the pesto, place all ingredients in an electric blender.
  10. Blend into a liquid Transfer the pesto to a bowl and refrigerate.

Makes 2 cups.

  1. If using a gas barbecue, preheat it to medium (325F).
  2. If using charcoal or wood, prepare a fire.
  3. When the coals or wood are ash covered, push them to the outside of the grill.
  4. Place a pan of water in the bottom of the grill among the coals, and cover the coals with the cooking grate.
  5. Place a rib rack on the cooking grate and add the ribs.
  6. Alternatively, brush the cooking grate with a flavorless cooking oil, such as safflower oil, and then lay the ribs meaty side up in the center of the grill.
  7. Cover the grill.
  8. Regulate the heat so it remains at a medium temperature.
  9. Occasionally during cooking, baste the ribs with extra marinade.
  10. Grill the ribs until the meat begins to shrink from the ends of the rib bones.

Approximate Grilling Times.pork baby back ribs and country-style spareribs, 75 minutes; spareribs and beef ribs, 90 minutes; lamb ribs, 40 minutes.

  1. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, brush the ribs with the pesto.
  2. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, brush the ribs with the pesto.
  3. To serve, brush the ribs with more pesto.
  4. Cut each side of ribs in half, into 3 sections, or into individual ribs.
  5. Transfer to a heated serving platter or 4 heated dinner plates and serve at once accompanied by any remaining pesto.

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