this recipe, but when we woke to find the day quiet cool, I did a quick Google search for an alternative way to cook my ribs for dinner.
searching for a recipe I became a little confused. I had it in my mind
that I wanted to make something like an American barbecue sauce to
braise the ribs in and yes, there are a lot of recipes for this type of
thing. That wasn't the confusing part. I realised something, I hadn't
realised before (talk about the dumb girl in the class)
Spare ribs aren't ribs!
Thanks Jamie! After about an hour on the computer, I found this
Jamie Oliver recipe that I cooked below and a bit of information about
'ribs'. At my local Australian butcher we call the cut I used 'spare
ribs', my butcher also sometimes sells 'american ribs' - these really
are ribs! Confused yet?
In Australia, we call this cut
of meat 'spare ribs' and in American they call the same cut of meat
'country ribs'. That should help you with own your Google searches in
I was intrigued by this recipe and to be honest wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. It turned out to be a hit. Declared, "the best meal you've ever cooked" by my daughter.
served these ribs with mashed potatoes and steamed greens (asparagus,
beans, zucchini and snow peas). I think this was the perfect
accompaniment. The photo above was taken the next night, when the
leftovers were turned into a meal, with fried rice, zucchini slice and 'help yourself' salad.
Pork Spare Ribs braised in Maple Syrup
• 1.5kg pork spare ribs (cut in half)
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 onions (finely diced)
• 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
• salt and pepper
• 120ml maple syrup
• 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 480ml chicken stock
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Heat the oil in an ovenproof
casserole dish to medium-high and brown the ribs in two batches. Set
aside. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan. Add the onion and
garlic and saute until the onion begins to soften. Season to taste. Add
the maple syrup and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook until
the bubbles become slow and thick. Add the vinegar and cook for about 3
minutes, until well reduced. Add the chicken stock and ribs to the pan
and bring to the boil. Cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for a total
of 2 hours. Cook for 1 hour, then turn the ribs. Cook for another 30
minutes, then remove the lid. Cook for a further 30 minutes until the
ribs are tender and flake with a fork.
Jamie says to check the ribs regularly to make sure the pan has enough
liquid, adding 50ml water at a time to keep the juices from running dry
or burning. I didn't find that I needed to do this, I guess it depends
on your oven.