2 Foodsaver baby back ribs
2 tsp Maldon black pepper
2 tsp Maldon smoked sea salt
1 Tbs ground cumin*
1 Tbs paprika*
½ -1 tsp chili powder*
2 Tbs dark brown sugar*
For the sticky BBQ sauce
2 Tbs Minerva extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ cups Foodsaver chopped onion
2 Tbs Ardo chopped garlic
2 Tbs Ardo chopped ginger
1 tsp Ardo chopped chili
1 ½ cups tomato ketchup
6 Tbs Soy sauce
½ cup TOP cider vinegar
¼ cup dark brown sugar*
½ cup water
1 tsp Maldon black pepper
1 tsp Maldon smoked sea salt
First make the spice rub for the ribs. In a bowl combine the pepper, sea salt, cumin, paprika, chili powder and sugar. Mix well.
Place a large piece of aluminium foil on the kitchen counter. Place a large piece of greaseproof paper on top. Place one rack of meat on the paper. Rub meat all over with half of the spice mix. Repeat with the other rack of ribs.
First fold the paper, then fold the foil to enclose the meat and create a package. Repeat with the other piece of meat. Place “packages” on the grill, over indirect heat. Close the grill and adjust temperature to maintain 180 C. Cook meat undisturbed for 2 hours. Alternatively, you can roast “packages” in the oven, 180 C fan, for 2 hours.
Make BBQ sauce: In a medium saucepan, add olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally until beginning to colour. Add chopped garlic, ginger and chili. Cook a couple of minutes more.
In a bowl mix together, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and water. Mix everything together well. Pour mixture into saucepan and lower the heat to medium-low.
Simmer sauce for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly. Let sauce cool for a while. Blend sauce in a blender or food processor (or use an immersion blender) until smooth. Sauce keeps covered in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
Finish the ribs: After two hours, take the meat “packages” off the grill and let them cool slightly. At this stage, ribs can be kept wrapped in the fridge for 24 hours or frozen up to 1 month.
Open packages and transfer meat back on the grill, over indirect heat. Maintain the same temperature, 180 C. Brush ribs liberally with the BBQ sauce.
Close the grill and cook for 30 minutes (40 minutes if ribs are cooked cold), turning and brushing with the sauce 3-4 times, until ribs have darkened and sauce is sticky, caramelized and wonderful.
Serve ribs with potato chips, coleslaw and napkins. Enjoy!
Galatia Pamborides, www.cuisinovia.com