A really happy Friday everyone!
Spring has almost sprung and I don’t know about you but I’m sooooo ready.
Here in Milwaukee we’ve had a few 50 degree days sprinkled in with snow flurries and below freezing temps. It got so spring-like one weekend Chris and I decided it was time to conquer the age old new homeowner must – buying a grill.
We ended up walking out of HomeDepot lighter in the pockets and very proud owners of our very own Weber Grill; this thing even has built in bluetooth grilling tech if we want to get real fancy!
Once we had the grill placed perfectly in our backyard (still covered in some sheets of ice and dead lawn mind you) we immediately made burgers for lunch because, well, burgers are life here in the Midwest and it’s just what you do! However the grill got us thinking about what other tasty warm weather foods we should start cooking to help coax the sun out from hiding, that’s when we knew
To be completely honest with everyone I’m not a cook-ribs-at-home kinda person. I eat them at BBQ joints whenever I get the chance but they always seemed like too much to make at home. All the baking and basting, not to mention if you mess them up they’re tough and nearly inedible. At least this is what I thought!
Boy oh boy was I wrong! Ribs are super easy and while I did use the oven here (it got below freezing again) you can totally do this on the grill to impress your friends and family with your #grillskills.
Once we made up our minds on the rib front next came the sauce. I got my sauce inspiration from a magical dish we had at a local Indian spot while living in Ireland. Taking that inspo and giving it my own flare we arrive at Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Mango Ribs! This would probably classify them under the Asian Fusion section on menu with the mango, tamarind paste and soy sauce all coming together to create tender and juicy spareribs. One might even say they’re finger lick’ good.
Oh yes I just did that and I’m a little embarrassed.
But come on. Look at em’
So what do you think? Will you give this twist on traditional ribs a try? I totally think you should but I guess I’m bias 🙂
- 2.5-3 lbs pork spare ribs
- 1 large ripe mango peeled and diced
- 2 tsp tamarind paste
- 1 tsp honey
- 4 oz mango juice
- 1 tbs mango chutney (I used spicy for an extra kick)
- 1-2 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- Preheat over to 350 F.
- Fill a large stock pot 3/4 full and bring to boil. Simmer ribs for 20 mins.
- While ribs simmer make the sauce.
- Combine all the other ingredients together and in blender and blend on high. Make sure to stop and scrape down the sides blending again to ensure the sauce is totally smooth.
- Once ribs have simmer remove them from the water and cut into individual ribs. Place them in a large bowl and toss with half of the sauce mixture. Place them on a foil lined baking tray and bake for a total of 50 mins taking them out every 15 minutes to turn and baste with remaining sauce. *You should have no sauce left over at the end of the 50 minute baking time.*
- Once done broil on high for 3-5 minutes to create delicious crispy bits, remove from oven and let rest 5-10 mins before serving.
- Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds for a real Asian Fusion flare.