I have made the ginger-plum BBQ sauce before, and it is to die for. Especially on pork and chicken. The ribs have two preparation methods: marinating the ribs, then applying a rub before cooking on the grill. First, remove the tough skin membrane on the back of the ribs with a sharp knife and the handle of a wooden spoon. Slide the wooden spoon through a cut and lift the membrane up. Then tear the membrane off. You may also want to try a pair of pliers to remove the membrane; the pliers offer better grip. After you remove the membrane, make the marinade:
This recipe is for two racks of ribs.
- 1/2 Cup soy sauce
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 2 inch piece of ginger, minced
Once the meat is in marinating, prepare the rub.
RUB RECIPE FOR RIBS
- 2 Tbl spoons mustard seeds
- 2 Tbl spoons coriander seeds
- 1 Tbl spoon cumin seed
- 1 Tbl spoon fennel seed
- 1 Thai hot chili
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tbl spoon Szechuan peppercorns
- 2 Tbl spoons brown sugar
Now that the rub is prepared and the meat is marinating, you need to make the BBQ sauce.
GINGER-PLUM BBQ SAUCE
- 5 ripe plums, pitted and cut up
- 2 Tbl spoons minced ginger
- 2 Tbl spoons minced garlic
- 1 stick lemongrass (if you can find it)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Combine all BBQ sauce ingredients in a pot and cook for 30 minutes. Once the plums have cooked, put them in a Cuisinart and blend to puree the sauce. The sauce is now ready.
Once the ribs have marinated for long enough (8 hours or so), take them out of the marinade and rinse the marinade off of them and pat the ribs dry. Take the rub and coat the ribs, rubbing the rub down into the meat with your fingers. Once the rub is applied, set the ribs aside to come to room temperature while you prepare the grill. The grill should be set up for indirect grilling, with charcoal on the sides and a drip pan in the middle of the grill like this:
The ribs will need to cook for about 2 hours or so and should be almost falling off the bone. You could also cook these ribs in the oven, covered at 300 for about 2 hours but the taste will not be the same as the grilled version.
Here are the ribs, resting before they are slowly devoured and digested...