Recipe Category: Barbecue
- 2 pounds country-style spareribs (with bone) or your favorite ribs
ALL PURPOSE DRY RUB
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- 2 tablespoons chile powder
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
SWEET AND SOUR MOP
- 1 cup Japanese rice vinegar — unseasoned
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup thin soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 cloves garlic — finely minced
- Place the ribs, meaty side down, on a flat surface.
- Using your fingernail, loosen a little of the membrane along the end of the last rib bone.
- Then, grasp the membrane firmly with a paper towel (so that the membrane doesn’t slip from your grip).
- Holding the ribs down with the other hand, pull the membrane away.
- If it doesn’t pull away in one piece, dislodge any remaining membrane, grip it with a paper towel, and pull the membrane away.
- Then place the ribs in a rectangular dish or baking pan.
- To make the rub, using an electric blender; grind the peppercorns, coriander cloves, and mustard seeds to a powder.
- Transfer to a bowl, and add all the remaining rub ingredients.
- Stir well.
Makes 1/2 cup.
- To make the mop, in a small howl, combine the mop ingredients and stir well.
- Coat the ribs evenly on both sides with half the rub.
- The remaining rub will last for 6 months sealed inside a jar and stored in your spice rack.
- Marinate the ribs, refrigerated, for at least 15 minutes.
- For more flavor marinate for up to 24 hours.
- If using a gas barbecue, preheat it to medium (325F).
- If using charcoal or wood, prepare a fire.
- When the coals or wood are ash covered, push them to the outside of the grill.
- Place a pan of water in the bottom of the grill among the coals, and cover the coals with the cooking grate.
- Place a rib rack on the cooking grate and add the ribs.
- 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.
- Cover the grill.
- Regulate the heat so it remains at a medium temperature.
- Occasionally during cooking, baste the ribs with extra marinade.
- 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.
- Occasionally during cooking, baste the ribs with the mop.
- To serve, cut each side of ribs in half, into 3 sections, or into individual ribs.
- Transfer to a heated serving platter or 4 heated dinner plates and serve at once.
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