Chengdu Spare Ribs

Posted by francis keyser Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Taste Level: TF
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10-15 min.
Cook time: 3 hours
Difficulty: 2

Cooking for Fran... WHAT?!? This is a special edition of Cooking for Zo. She made these great ribs for me a few months back and I really wanted to have them again. So Zo put on her apron and whipped up these delicious ribs.

Ingredients:
1 rack of meaty spare ribs (4 lbs)
1/4 cup Chinese 5 spice powder
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp Crack pepper
1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
1 green onion (chopped)
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
1/8 cup ketchup
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 fresh Jalapeno (split lengthwise and seeded)
1 garlic clove (smashed)
1 inch piece of ginger (whacked open)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In sauce pan whisk together Orange juice, vinegar, ketchup, hoisin sauce, jalapeno, ginger, garlic, sugar and soy sauce over medium heat. Bring to simmer and whisk for 20 minutes or until a thickened glaze has formed (consistency of honey.) Be careful to not let sauce carmelize to pan.

While sauce is getting ready rub ribs with 5 spice powder, salt, and cracked pepper into ribs. Place on roasting rack on baking sheet and roast for 2 hours. After 2 hours remove ribs from oven and baste with sauce. Return to oven and bake an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven and baste ribs one last time and broil for 5-8 minutes, until crisp and brown.

Before eating pour the remaining sauce over ribs and top with cilantro and green onions.

Use a sweet and sour sauce to dip!

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