Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Button Ribs

Sweet and Spicy Button Ribs

3.5-pounds pork button ribs
1 tbsp salt
1 cup soy sauce
1-2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups water
3 tbsp minced garlic
2 green onions, thinly sliced - optional
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds - optional

*The ribs that I used were labeled button ribs.  When I asked the butcher he said that rib tips and button ribs are the same thing.*

Chop the ribs into 1-2 inch sections and place in a large dutch oven.  Once the ribs are all in the pan, fill with water until all the ribs are covered.

Bring the pan to a boil, then lower heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the ribs are cooked and no longer pink.

While the ribs are simmering, whisk together the soy sauce, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, water, and the minced garlic until all the brown sugar is melted.

When the ribs are done, drain them and return them to the pan.  Pour the brown sugar-soy sauce mix over the ribs and bring back to a boil.  Lower the heat and let simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours.

*I rinse off the ribs when I drain them.  During the simmering process the water gets a grayish-floaty film on top that grosses me out*

When you are ready to serve, sprinkle the green onions and toasted sesame seeds over top if you want.

The ribs go really well with steamed rice and sugar snap peas.

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