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Savory combinations add life to rib recipes

January 7, 2009

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Chinese Restaurant BBQ Ribs taste like a favorite take-out treat, but you can make them in your own kitchen.

Chinese Restaurant BBQ Ribs taste like a favorite take-out treat, but you can make them in your own kitchen.

Chinese chili sauce is what gives these restaurant-style ribs their kick. You can find it in the ethnic aisle of most larger grocers. Not a fan of heat? Substitute ketchup.

Find out more about exotic recipes for ribs by reading our story.

Chinese restaurant BBQ Ribs

1 rack baby back pork ribs (about 2 to 3 pounds), membrane removed

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup hot Chinese chili sauce (Sriracha) or ketchup

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger

1 to 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the ribs into sections of 1 to 3 ribs each. Arrange the ribs in a roasting pan or on a large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the ribs with the salt. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, chili sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and ginger. Pour or brush the sauce over the ribs, turning them in the sauce until well-coated.

Bake the ribs, uncovered, for 1 hour, basting periodically with the pan drippings. The ribs are done when the meat is chewy-tender and starts to pull away from the bone.

To serve, sprinkle the ribs with sesame seeds. Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (15 minutes active). Serves 2-3.

— Recipe from Mindy Merrell and R.B. Quinn’s “Cheater BBQ,” Broadway Books, 2008.

Thai red curry spareribs

This fuss-free pork rib dinner is jammed with the savory heat of traditional Thai curries. Most of the ingredients are widely available in the ethnic aisle of large grocers. If you prefer less heat, omit the dried red chilies.

3 tablespoons red curry paste

2 tablespoons tamarind paste

3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 to 4 dried red chilies, chopped

Pinch salt

15-ounce can coconut milk

1 rack baby back pork ribs (about 2 to 3 pounds), membrane removed

1 cup long-grain white rice

Pinch saffron threads

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a blender, combine the curry paste, tamarind paste, oil, fish sauce, sugar, chilies, salt and coconut milk. Puree until smooth, then set aside.

Cut the ribs into 3- to 4-rib portions, then arrange them in a large nonreactive bowl. Pour the curry paste mixture over the ribs, then use your hands to rub it in and ensure all surfaces are coated.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Transfer the ribs to a roasting pan, spreading over them any marinade that has collected in the bowl. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hours, or until the meat begins to pull away from the bone.

After 30 minutes of baking, in a medium saucepan combine the rice, saffron and water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

Serve the ribs with saffron rice. Garnish everything with cilantro. Start to finish: 2 hours, 15 minutes (15 minutes active). Serves 2-3.

— Recipe from The Associated Press

Surf and turf baby back ribs

Surf and turf combinations are a brilliant excuse to indulge in the best offerings from the land and sea. In this case, beer-roasted baby back ribs and shrimp sauteed in olive oil with smoked paprika and cayenne.

This recipe is more hands-on than some others but is well-worth the effort.

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon celery seeds

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 pound large shrimp, shelled and veined

1 rack baby back pork ribs (about 2 to 3 pounds), membrane removed

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Olive oil cooking spray

1 large yellow onion, cut crosswise into 3 rounds

12-ounce bottle beer (such as stout)

4 cups chicken broth, divided

1 cup long-grain white rice

10 threads saffron

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 bunch asparagus, bottoms trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch lengths

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 shallot, minced

Heat the grill on high. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the paprika, celery seeds, cayenne and garlic powder. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until needed.

Season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper, then spritz the ribs and onion rounds with cooking spray. Place the ribs and onions on the grill and sear for 10 minutes per side.

Transfer the onions and ribs (onions on the bottom) to a roasting pan. Add the beer and 2 cups of the chicken broth. Cover with foil and bake for about 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.

About 30 minutes before the ribs are done, in a medium saucepan combine the rice, remaining 2 cups of chicken broth and saffron. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce to simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.

When the ribs are finished, transfer them to a plate and cover with foil. Set a mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the cooking liquid from the roasting pan through; discard any solids. Skim off and discard any fat from the strained liquid.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the shrimp, asparagus, garlic and shallot, then saute for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp and asparagus to a plate, then return the skillet to the burner.

Use the strained cooking liquid to deglaze the skillet, scraping the bottom to release any charred bits. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced and thickened, about 4 minutes.

Serve the ribs with the rice and shrimp and asparagus. Drizzle with the pan sauce. Start to finish: 3 hours (1 hour active). Serves 4.

— Recipe from The Associated Press

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