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Honey mustard baby back ribs recipe.

Going to steal a line from KFC here. These ribs were finger lickin’ good!

The method of cooking these ribs is quite similar to my first attempt, the sweet and sticky ribs. I wanted a marinade that doesn’t have so much sugar and after a bit of research I stumbled upon a recipe supposedly by Julia Child (I can’t be sure) which is only sweetened by honey.

# – Honey mustard baby back ribs.

For the pork ribs:

  • 2 pieces of 350-500 grams baby back ribs
  • 4 star anises
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 100 ml of light soya sauce
  • Enough water to cover the ribs in a pot
  • For the marinade/sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1.5 cup of olive oil
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • # – First, pour the light soya sauce into the pot of water (enough to cover the ribs) over medium heat.

    # – Then add the cloves, star anises and cumin seeds into it.

    # – When the liquid has started simmering, add the ribs. Let it boil for 1/2 hour and then turn off the heat and leave it be for another 1/2 hour.

    # – In the meantime, make the marinade. Add the mustard, honey, tabasco sauce, balsamic vinegar, oil, black pepper & water (not in picture).

    # – Whisk all the ingredients together till combined. The marinade/sauce is now done.

    # – Take the ribs out of the liquid and lay them bone side down on a roasting tin lined with foil (to avoid too much cleanup!). Brush the marinade all over the ribs. Reserve the rest of the marinade.

    # – Cover and chill in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight.

    # – When ready to cook, stick the tin into a preheated oven at 200 degrees celcius for 40 minutes.

    # – While the ribs are roasting, brush more marinade all over the ribs for every 15 minutes.

    # – After 40 minutes, take the ribs out and pour all the remaining marinade over the ribs. Stick it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.

    # – Serve with a side of steamed vegetables and roasted root vegetables.

    # – Honey mustard baby back ribs, DONE!

    I really enjoyed making this, it’s so stress free (both preparation and cleanup). The ribs were juicy and tender; meat was practically falling off the bones! The sauce was addictive…a little sour, a little spicy and a little sweet. I can’t think of better dishes to cook for and impress a party!

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