Personally, I have always found cooking fairly expensive chunks of meat to be terribly intimidating and scary. Particularly when you’ve promised said meat to a pack of hungry friends or family members. On the advice of my mother, I decided to get over it and try out a recipe she’s used many times with great success.
Her marinade recipe is based on one from Elizabeth Bard’s Lunch in Paris: A Love Story. Begin by picking up some pork back ribs — my Mom swears by Costco’s and I’ve used Maple Leaf Prime seasoned ribs with great results. You will likely need about 500g of meat per person. I use two racks of side ribs between four people but we usually have lots of sides to fill up on. Give this a try for May long weekend!
Sticky Pork Back Ribs
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed slightly
- A couple sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2kg pork back ribs, cut into individual pieces
Whisk together the honey, oil, vinegar, and salt. Place the ribs in a very large Ziploc bag and pour in the marinade. You can split them between two bags if you prefer, splitting the marinade equally. Add the rosemary and garlic to the ribs.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight) turning occasionally.
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Arrange the ribs in a single layer in a large roasting pan.
Pour any leftover marinade from the bags over the ribs and roast in the oven for about 2 hours, turning once or twice. Serve with a simple salad of baby tomatoes, fresh basil, and bocconcini pearls with a splash of balsamic and olive oil, and salt and pepper, and/or your favourite potato salad.