After chugging down what seems to be kegs of beer, Uncle Ben once told young Peter what could be one of the most famous lines in comic book history: “With great beer, comes great food.”
I know, I know, this is more of a Gusteau-Remy drunken moment, so before I get into trouble with unauthorized references, I’ll come clean – I just made that up. There was no beer talk between Uncle Ben and Peter… or was there?
Ok, let’s change the topic. Since Oktoberfest is coming pretty soon, everyone will find an excuse (do we need one?) to consume gallons of beer. So what could be more perfect than a recipe that pairs well with ice-cold beer? Actually, anything goes perfectly well with cold beer!!!
While I am the greatest fan of the Filipino style of bbqing AKA pork cutlets skewered on sticks, basted with a ketchupy bbq sauce concoction, anything bbq is really a favorite of mine. So, if you’re not in the mood to fire up your grill, firing up your oven is a good alternative.
Here’s the recipe:
- 3 lbs pork spareribs, slab or cut into pieces
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 large white onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 cup tomato ketchup
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pre heat oven to 350
- Season ribs with salt and pepper, and garlic powder.
- Transfer to a roasting pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Take out from the oven and remove cover.
- Flip the ribs to expose the side that were touching the bottom of the pan and continue baking for 15 more minutes, this time uncovered.
- You can skip this step by pan frying the ribs with a little bit of olive oil, just to lightly brown and sear the sides of the meat. Easier, yes, but baking them for an hour makes the meat more tender and even more flavorful!
While the ribs are baking, make the sauce.
- In a sauce pan oven medium heat, saute garlic in olive oil until fragrant.
- Add in onions and cook until caramelized, around 15 minutes.
- Add ketchup and water and stir to combine.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients, season with salt and pepper to your liking and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool partially for around 5 minutes.
- Transfer sauce to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- When the ribs are done baking for an hour, add the sauce over the ribs, making sure that every piece of rib is covered completely.
- Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Take out from the oven and carefully remove the cover.
- Again, flip the ribs and continue baking uncovered for another 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve hot 🙂