Succulent Sticky Pork Ribs with Spicy Smoked Potato Wedges and Fresh Salad with Mustard Dressing

Once in a while it is great to get your fingers sticky and eat your meat off the bone with your hands. In posher establishments, you may expect a lemon dipping bath - but round my house kitchen towel will suffice!

After much experimentation with various concoctions, this is my version of Sticky Pork Ribs.

The brining of the pork ribs really helps to keep the meat moist and succulent. The marinade, as you would expect with my cooking, is fiery, sweet and oh so sticky

These are quick to make and will definitely become a household favourite. Pork ribs are cheap to buy from the butcher, making this an economical meal. If you do not have ketchup manis and special mountain sauce, try a tablespoon of black treacle, a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and a tablespoon of soy as a substitute.

I served the ribs with a tangy fresh salad dressed and mustard dressing,
jerked sweetcorn, coleslaw and some spicy smokey potato wedges. It was greatly appreciated having come home famished after hour flying in the indoor wind tunnel for an hour!

Succulent Sticky Pork : Side On


for the succulent sticky pork ribs [serves 4] :

for the brine :
2 racks of pork ribs
50 ml dark soy sauce

for the marinade :
50 g soft brown sugar
25 ml rice wine vinegar
50 ml miring wine
50 ml soy sauce
2 tbsp ketchup manis
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp special mountain sauce
1/2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 scotch bonnet chillies, finely diced
3 thai green chillies, finely diced
6 cm ginger (about 2tbsp), finely diced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed and diced

for the fresh salad [serves 2] :
8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 romano red pepper, halved and julienned
1 gem lettuce, chopped coarsely
2 spring onions, halved lengthways and finely diced
1/8 cucumber
1/2 lemon juiced
salt and pepper to taste

for the dressing :
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp red whine vinegar
1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard

for the spicy potato wedges [serves 2] :
see recipe


for the succulent sticky pork ribs :

for the brine :
1) In a large saucepan add the soy sauce and ribs.
2) Cover the ribs with water and put on a medium heat.
3) Simmer for 15 minutes and leave to cool for 20 minutes. Skim off the scum that rises to the surface.
4) Remove the ribs and cool.

for the marinade :
1) In a small saucepan, on a low heat, warm the sugar, soy, mirin and rice wine vinegar, until the sugar has dissolved.
2) Add the garlic, chilli and ginger, cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
3) Add the ketchup, tomato puree, ketchup manis, special mountain sauce and cook for a further 2-3 minutes on a low heat until syrupy.
4) Leave to cool.
5) Add the marinade to a freezer bag.
6) Add the cooled pork ribs, massage in the marinade and leave for a minimum of 1 hour.
Personally I prefer to leave the ribs over night in the freezer to really let the flavours to develop.

cooking :
1) Preheat the oven to gas mark 2.
2) Place the ribs, meat side up, on a metal rack in a tin foil lined tray. Brush on marinade on both side and cover loosely with foil, avoiding touching the ribs.
3) Cook for 45 minutes.
4) Remove from the oven and reapply the marinade on both sides.
5) Turn up the heat to gas mark 6.
6) Cook the pork ribs for 15 minutes and reapply the marinade.
7) Reapply the last of the marinade.
I normally cut the end off the freezer bag at this point and squeeze the last of the marinade all over the ribs.
8) Sprinkle over with the sesame seeds and return to the oven for the last 15 minutes.
9) Serve immediately with kitchen towel. These are finger lickin’ good!!!

for the fresh salad and mustard dressing :
1) Place the prepared vegetables on a serving dish.
2) Mix up the dressing ingredients in a cup.
3) Drizzle over the dressing when ready to serve.
4) Season well and serve.

Succulent Sticky Pork : Marinade Starting Ingredients

Marinade starting ingredients

Succulent Sticky Pork : Add the Soy Sauce

Add the soy sauce

Succulent Sticky Pork : Add the Pork Ribs

Add the pork ribs

Succulent Sticky Pork : Cover and bring to a simmer

Cover and bring to a simmer

Succulent Sticky Pork : Add the Sugar

In a small saucepan, add the sugar, mirin and rice wine vinegar

Succulent Sticky Pork : Add the Soy Sauce to the Marinade

Add the soy sauce, heat gently till the sugar dissolves

Succulent Sticky Pork : Dice the Ginger

Dice the ginger, add to the marinade

Succulent Sticky Pork : Dice the Garlic

Dice the garlic, add to the marinade

Succulent Sticky Pork : Dice the Chilli

Dice the chilli peppers, add to the marinade

Succulent Sticky Pork : Add the Ketcup

Add the ketchup manis, special mountain sauce, tomato puree, ketchup and mustard

Succulent Sticky Pork : Warm the Marinade

Heat the marinade till thick and syrupy

Succulent Sticky Pork : Place on a Wire Rack

Place the pork ribs on a wire rack and baste

Succulent Sticky Pork : Remove the foil and reapply the marinade

Remove the tin foil cover and reapply the marinade

Succulent Sticky Pork : Last Baste

Add the last of the marinade

Succulent Sticky Pork : Sprinkle over with Sesame Seed

Sprinkle over with sesame seeds

Succulent Sticky Pork : Dice the Pepper

Julienne the Romano pepper

Succulent Sticky Pork : Dice the Spring Onion

Dice the spring onion

Succulent Sticky Pork : Add the cucumber

Add julienned cucumber

Succulent Sticky Pork : Add the Chopped Lettuce

Add the chopped gem lettuce

Succulent Sticky Pork : Dress the Salad

Dress the salad and season

Succulent Sticky Pork : Ribs Sticky and Ready

Pork ribs sticky and ready!

Succulent Sticky Pork : Close Up

Close Up

Succulent Sticky Pork : Side On

Side On

Succulent Sticky Pork : Side On

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