My son loves BBQ Ribs. He first had them when we went to Chillis some time, a long time ago and almost in a galaxy far, far away. The Lovely Wife decided on ordering some BBQ Beef Ribs and my son ended up devouring half of it.
The Lovely Wife seems to have caught my 'disease' of wanting to try to make something that the kids have eaten and enjoyed outside. I'm all for that so when she declared she was going to try and make Pork BBQ Ribs, I clapped my hands in glee!
The recipe is loosely based on Texan Barbecued Ribs from the book A Cooks Tour by Sarah Gates. This is what The Lovely Wife did:
1 kg Pork Spare Ribs
1 onion - chopped
3 cloves garlic - crushed and chopped
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1-2 tsp mustard
2 tsp honey
2 Tbsp brown sugar
dash of worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Brandy to deglaze
Preheat oven to 200C. Place the ribs in a roasting pan and bake uncovered for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile mix together all the other ingredients in a pan. Bring to the boil and then simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Remove ribs from oven and reduve temperature to 175C. Spoon over half the sauce, covering the ribs well and bake for 20 minutes. Turn the ribs over and baste with remaining sauce and cook for a further 25 minutes. Remove the ribs and pour into a large wok or saucepan. Deglaze the pan with a dash of brandy (or more!) and add into the pan. Stir fry until the sauce is thick and coats the ribs nicely.
The sauce is loosely based on the recipe as The Lovely Wife added more mustard, honey, vinegar and Tomato Sauce till she got a flavour that she wanted. Its all about your own taste buds really so if you try this out, keep testing the sauce till you get what you like. The ribs also let out quite a bit of juices and there was also quite a bit of caramelisation, so the idea to deglaze with brandy and then stir fry again till thick was our own addition to this recipe.
To say that my son liked the ribs would be an understatement. He absolutely loved them!! My son promptly declared them as one of his favourite dishes, if not his alltime favourite!!
These ribs were extremely delicious and it has become a firm favourite in our household. The Lovely Wife sometimes uses the same recipe for BBQ Chicken Wings too.
This dish gives the phrase 'Finger Licking Good' a whole new meaning!!!