Being the holiday season, many people will make merry with food and drink and I have a recipe for you that will blow your guests’ minds. Since many Kenyans like mbuzi choma right now, this diversion from the norm can be a great way to open your palette to new festive foods like Pork ribs.
Ingredients, For The Ribs
- Pork Spare Ribs, about a KG
- Chicken/veggie stock
- Himalayan salt, 1/4 teaspoon
- Black pepper in grinder, about 4 grinds
- Ground cumin, 1 tablespoon
- Brown sugar, 1 tablespoon
- garlic, crushed, 1 tablespoon
- Red onions, 1 tablespoons. finely chopped
- Coconut oil, 2 tablespoons
- Tomato, chopped, 2 tablespoons
- 1 cup of beer, any brand really but I prefer Sierra or Heineken
- Dania/cilantro, 1 bunch, stalks finely chopped, leaves set aside for later.
- Green bell pepper
- If you are not making homemade BBQ sauce then buy bottled BBQ sauce
For The Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon
- Chopped dania, 2 tablespoons
- Chopped tomato, 2 tablespoons
- Ketchup, 1/4 cup
- Soy sauce, 4 dashes
- Worcestershire sauce, 4 dashes
- Honey, about 4 tablespoons
- Season the ribs hours before cooking, preferably one day before. Simply with Himalayan/sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and or brown sugar (helps to caramelize the pork).
- Remove ribs from the fridge like 1 hour to bring it to room temperature which will help in the browning. Heat huge pot with coconut oil on and sear/brown the meat on medium heat for 4 minutes on each side, until a nice golden crust is formed.
- When you have browned all sides, remove the pork and without cleaning the pan, brown some crushed garlic, crushed ginger, chopped dania stalks, chopped tomatoes, roughly chopped onions and chopped hoho (green bell pepper). Add a little cumin and allow to brown with the other aromatics. Add the beer and deglaze the sticky bits on the bottom of the pan, we call that the fond, the foundation of flavor..boil for about 5 minutes until beer reduces by half. Add some stock/water, a little salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Bring to boil and then add the pork, cook for 2 hours on a low heat or in the oven 180 degrees Centigrade.
- You can buy a bottled BBQ sauce but making it from scratch is always better and it is not a lot of work. Just heat some coconut oil in a pan, add crushed garlic, chopped dania stalks, chopped tomato, chopped onions and brown on medium heat. Deglaze with some of the jus (cooking liquid) of the pork ribs, add a touch of ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, a little honey). stir and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Slather the ribs with the sauce or serve it on the side, all methods are delicious.
- Serve with ugali , sukuma and guacamole (chopped onions, chopped tomato, chopped dania, a kiss of fresh lemon juice, avocado, salt and pepper then crushed in a mortar and pestle)