Barbecued ribs in a Chinese-style marinade
I love a good rack of ribs. Earliest memories take me back to a Greek restaurant in Harare, Zimbabwe called the Acropolis where we’d tuck into huge plates of ribs. It was a real treat eating with our fingers until all that was left was the piles of bones eaten clean. A somewhat messy business – which seems to make it all that much more enjoyable. And I guess the fact that we so rarely visited restaurants also helped make for an amazing experience. A bit different from my frequent restaurant going days now!
One of the beauties of ribs is that you can marinade them to produce many different dishes, there are so many potential flavours. Today my mixture infuses lovely Asian flavours. I like to marinade them overnight to the flavours really infuse.
The Big Easy offers a unique way to cook ribs. You suspend them from the side of the basket using the handy hooks supplied. The come out beautifully moist and flavoursome with a slightly crispy exterior. Genius!
This recipe uses 12 ribs which is great for two people with the tasty coleslaw accompaniment.
For the marinade
100ml hoisin sauce
2 tbsps soya sauce
2 tbsps sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp runny honey
2 tbsps teriyaki sauce
Mix all the ingredients together and place in a dish. Add the ribs and make sure they are thoroughly coated. Cover and put in the fridge for at least 3 hours, ideally overnight.
Slice between the first and second ribs about 20cm in and use the hooks from the Big Easy kit to hook onto the basket that slots into the barbecue.
Turn the barbecue on to three-quarters heat and leave to heat up for about 15 minutes.
Place the basket into the barbecue and cook for 30-35 minutes until the ribs are browned and slightly crispy.
Crispy, spicy coleslaw
For the spicy coleslaw
2 cups of white cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
Half a cucumber, thinly sliced
4 tbsps mayonnaise
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
Mix the mayonnaise and chilli sauce together and combine with the vegetables.
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