Mexican-style chilli ribs

Mexican-style chilli ribs

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 15 mins plus marinating

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Serve these sticky chipotle pork ribs come rain or shine- they can be finished by grill or barbecue

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
414
protein
44g
carbs
23g
fat
17g
saturates
5g
fibre
1g
sugar
21g
salt
1g

Ingredients

  • 1½ kg pork spare ribs - the meatier the better (3 per person)

For the dry rub

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp dried oregano, or 2 tbsp fresh leaves, chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp dark soft brown sugar
  • 1 lime, zested then cut into wedges, to serve

For the chipotle barbecue sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 3 tbsp dark soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • juice 1 lime

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Method

  1. Mix the dry rub ingredients with ½ tsp flaky sea salt, then massage into the meat. Marinate for at least 1 hr, or ideally up to 1 day in the fridge.
  2. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a small saucepan and soften the garlic for 1 min. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, plus 2 tbsp water and simmer for a few secs until the sugar melts. Season with salt and set aside.
  3. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Put the ribs in a roasting tin in 1 fairly snug layer. Pour in 100ml hot water, cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 2 hrs until the meat pulls easily from the bones. Drain off any fat. The ribs can be cooled and kept in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  4. For the final stage of cooking, get the barbecue ready and wait until the coals are glowing white and grey. Cook the ribs for 4-5 mins on each side until dark golden and hot through – use tongs to turn them carefully. Brush with some of the chipotle sauce and give the ribs 1 min more to char here and there. Serve on a platter with the rest of the sauce for spooning, lime wedges, plus a big bowl of Smoky corn & avocado salsa (see related recipes, right).

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2013

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belllinda123456's picture

I love ribs..they are too delicious and yummy...I just eager to try this at home... :)

aliverse's picture
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Lovely! added a bit more chilli for kick to the rub and then added olive oil to turn it into a marinade - left it overnight - well tender and tasty - will make again!

mandafers's picture

I love ribs and am always keen to try a new recipe. This came out very well, with great flavours. The dry rub was easy, but I ended up cooking the ribs for closer to three hours for then to be really tender. The sauce was fab but I ended up using all of it to cook the ribs with so would double to quantity next time so I'd have extra to serve on the side. will be making this again

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