Niall McKenna's BBQ Pork Ribs

  • For the ribs, buy a rack of pork ribs from your butcher. You can get him to slice this into individual ribs. I normally allow three per person, but prefer to cook and serve as a rack.
For the sauce
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 chillis, deseeded and diced (add more dependent on your taste)
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Worcester sauce
  • 1.5 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 150ml apple juice
  • 200ml tomato ketchup
  • 100ml HP Sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Place the ribs in a large pot of salted water and bring to the boil. Once boiled, simmer for 40 minutes, until cooked. Remove from water and leave to the side.
  • For the marinade, place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for up to 50 minutes or until the juice has evaporated. Leave to cool and blend thoroughly.
  • Once cooled, coat the ribs in the marinade, cover in cling film and place in the fridge overnight.
  • When ready to use, place on the barbecue and turn once the fleshy meat starts to caramelise. Move the ribs to the outside ring of the barbecue and coat again with the marinade, cooking for a further couple of minutes. I always use a new paint brush to put my marinade onto the barbecue meat.
  • The marinade can be prepared and placed in a Kilner jar or an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to 14 days.
  • For beef ribs, you need to cook in boiling water on a simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes.
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