Will came over for dinner on Sunday to help test my rib recipe. I was writing a story on spec for Go! magazine and wanted to make sure what I'd written wasn't a lie. Anyway, he wolfed them very gratifyingly and said they passed. I didn't take pictures! But here are the same recipe in March...he did say that he could see and smell the smoke from the barbecue from Clinton Street. So here are:
Mama's Finger Lickin' Ribs for Two
It is a cure for depression and you can play pick-up-sticks with the bare bones afterwards.
Two racks pork ribs
¼ cup vinegar, preferably red wine
¼ cup tomato sauce
1 Tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 Tbsp brown sugar
5 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp apricot jam
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Chile flakes to taste
Salt 'n pepper
Mix marinade ingredients and pour over ribs. Leave overnight or for many, chilled, hours. Put on hot, grey coals and cook till they start to char a little. Turn once and cook another ten minutes or so. I leave them to rest under foil for ten minutes, then slice them and stack them. If you are brave, eat them on a salad of: thinly sliced red onion sprinkled with salt, a little sugar and lemon juice; or thinly sliced red cabbage, marinated for ten minutes in red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, then drained.