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Throw Down: New Jersey BBQ Ribs

Whew, getting this post in just under the wire! Mark at Life by Chocolates and I were conversing on Twitter this afternoon about the challenges of baking with xanthan gum (and about Chocolate Crumb Cake—a story for another day). I happened to mentioned the ribs slow cooking in my oven and that they were deliciouly aromatic. And, voila, he invited me to post them as an entry in the Virtual Throw Down he’s hosting on BBQ Ribs and Fried Chicken. Oh, and one small detail—it closes tomorrow! Well, really, tonight because tomorrow we’re flooding the Twitterverse with our culinary Tweets about the various entries. (I think Mark may be hoping we make it to Trending Topics.)

I’ve been making these ribs for years and they’re always a hit. I am particularly proud that my neighbor, a very southern lady, adores them. The recipe is a evolution of recipes from family and friends, my travels through the Blogosphere and trial and error over the years.

They are served here with Bubble and Squeak and corn on the cob. They are finger licking good and if you try them once I’m betting you’ll come back for more.


New Jersey BBQ Ribs

6 pounds pork ribs (about 2-3 pound racks)
1 teaspoons cumin, ground
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons oregano (dry) or 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
3 tablespoons cilantro (dry) or 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
4 dashes Frank’s Hot Sauce (or more if you like)
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup dark brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Make a paste by putting the dry ingredients—cumin through cilantro—into the base of a small food processor and pulsing until mixed together. Pour in the orange juice, lime juice, Frank’s Hot Sauce and minced garlic. Mix again. Add the garlic and stream in the olive oil. Remove to a small bowl and mix in the dark brown sugar. The final texture should resemble a paste.

Dry the ribs with a paper towel. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil. Don’t stack the ribs. Brush the paste onto both sides of each rack of ribs.

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and slow roast them for about 3 hours. At about 1 hour intervals check the ribs and add more paste if you have any left over. During the last half hour you can brush the ribs with your favorite barbeque sauce.

Remove the ribs from the oven. They may be covered and refrigerated overnight at this point.

The paste is rather thick so you may remove some of the paste if you feel it is too thick—this is all a matter of personal preference. Finish by placing the ribs on a grill set at medium heat. This step is merely to carmelize the wonderful paste that is clinging to the outside of the ribs and should take less than 10 minutes.

Remove the ribs to a cutting board and when they’re cool enough to handle cut them between the rib bones. Serve as is or accompanied by your favorite barbecue sauce.



BBQ Ribs and Fried Chicken Throw Down Entries

Visit these sites to experience some wonderful dishes. (Not all are gluten-free.)

Mark LaPolla, New York
Twitter: @LifeByChocolate

SMS Bradley, Pacific Northwest
Twitter: @LunaCafe

Gluten Free Sanctuary
Leslie McLinden, Arkansas
Twitter: @lesliemac59

Fresh Eyes
Jan Richards, Washington
Twitter: @MrsRoadshow

Cre8tive Kitchen
Brenda Campbell, Washington
Twitter: @cre8tivekitchen

Grandma’s Gluten-Free Baking N Cooking
Joyce Paige, Kansas
Twitter: @SilknPearls or @GFGrandmaBNC

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Reader Comments (7)

These look wonderful! Slow roasting in the oven is perfect for breaking down the connective tissue between the ribs. The cumin, orange, and lime juice combo sounds delectable. Can't wait to try these. ...Susan

Jun 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLunaCafe

I'm always amazed at how much work slow cooked ribs are to prepare, cook then serve. Serve up a side of food allergies, and you've got yourself a hobby! I love the roasted corn as a side. In my house, when the grills on fire, put something on it! By the looks of those cleaned bones, you've got yourself a hit. Congrats!

Slow Cooked and caramelized to perfection!
(There are no shortcuts to perfection)
Meat is tender, falls off the bone
Colorful side, great use of the grill
Bonus: Food allergy friendly

Oh, this sauce sounds yummy! Cumin, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Cilantro, Spicy/Sweet - these are a few of my favorite things!

Jun 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGFGrandmaBNC

How exciting for you to participate in a throwdown!! I'm not sure how I'm going to do ribs this summer now that I can't eat tomatoes and peppers (bell or spicy). I have to relearn how to season dishes. We've been having a lot of homemade gluten free teriyaki sauce on the bbq'd meats so far. I'd love some ideas, I'm feeling lost in my own kitchen again.

Jun 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Now that summer has finally decided to show up and stick around for a while, it is high time to make some ribs. These might just be the motivation I need. Thanks!

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Jul 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTasteStopping

I am just drooling over these ribs!!!

Jul 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Wow, those look amazing. Trying to nibble my screen. I'd say they won the throw down. Thank you for sharing them on Friday Foodie Fix.

Jul 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiane-thewholegang
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