I have decided that when it comes to ribs eaters there are two kinds - there are the "chewers" who love to gnaw on the bone, and then there are the "suckers" (and I am one of these) we like to suck the succulently tender meat from the bones. Now there is nothing wrong with being either kind - and I do tend to do both kinds here, but I must admit that given the time I will always go for the suckingly soft version!
On Sunday I decided that rather than the usual pizza night (I end up feeling like "mamma" churning out the pizzas while they sit there gobbling them up!) I would do ribs - they are easy - marinate and forget. I thought to make it really easy I would go for the "chew" version. So here's my recipe for easy peasy ribs.
BBQ Pork Spare Ribs
1 tbs olive oil
1 bottle of good quality BBQ Sauce
2 tsp paprika (your choice - smoky if you like it like that - or hungarian)
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar *
1/2 tsp tabasco sauce (omit if you don't want them spicy)
dash of red wine (to loosen the last bit of BBQ sauce from the bottle!!)
I like to place all the marinade ingredients into one of those really large ziploc bags - that way you have no mess! Leave the ribs to marinate for at least 4 hours.
* Depending on the BBQ sauce you use you may not need the brown sugar
- I used a new brand , and found that it was really quite sweet, so I didn't add the brown sugar.
** For the ribs - I like to have one rack per person (I live with a bunch of
To cook - preheat a barbeque (with hood) on high. When hot, reduce the heat to low/medium, and set the flames to the sides. Drain the ribs, reserving the marinade. Put the ribs in a large disposable baking tray. Place the ribs in the centre of the barbeque, with the heat source on either side (you want to cook with indirect heat!) Cook for 1 hour, or until cooked through, basting regularly.
Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes and sour cream and a salad (or even coleslaw).
"The Darlings" are carnivores - so they just love this meal. What could be easier?
Now if you are a "sucker" like me - check out my recipe for "Best Darn Ribs ever" in the pork section. Both are good, as I said it is personal choice!!
PS. I didn't get off the pizza hook entirely - it was Mr. CCC's birthday yesterday - and what was the request??? Pizza of course!! Prawn pizza no less - will give you the toppings for those later......