Prep 24 hrs
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Recently I've prepared a combination of pork spare ribs and baby back ribs. Hands down the taste of the baby back won, therefore to me, those are worth the price. Rick says an overnight the rub cures the flesh lightly, ensuring a juicy outcome. Then they're slowly baked until they're juicy-done. Rick Bayless Fiesta at Rick's cookbook.
FOR THE DRY RUB
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1⁄3 cup ground dried ancho chile powder
- 4 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 5 teaspoons salt
FOR THE RIBS AND GLAZE
- 4 large slabs baby back ribs (about 6 1/2 pounds)
- 1 (7 1/2 ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo
- 3⁄4 cup honey
- Season the Ribs. Combine all the dry rub ingredients in a food processor and run until thoroughly blended. Sprinkle the mixture on both sides of each slab of ribs, rub it in to ensure even coverage, then cover and refrigerate overnight. You'll probably have a little dry rub left; in a tightly closed jar in the refrigerator it will last several months.
- First Rib Cooking: Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Lay the ribs in a single layer on two rimmed baking sheets and bake for about 1 1/4 hours, until the meat is tender when tested with a fork. (This cooking may be done early in the day you're serving. Cover and refrigerate the cooked ribs until an hour before serving).
- Second Rib Cooking. Turn on a gas grill to medium or light a charcoal grill and let the coals burn until medium-hot and covered with a white ash. In a food processor, blend the can of chipotles with the honey. Scrape into a small bowl and carry to the grill, along with a basting brush.
- Lay the ribs on the grill, convex-side down. When hot and well browned, about 3 minutes, flip them over and brush liberally with the chipotle glaze. Cover the grill and cook about 7 minutes for the glaze to set and begin to brown a little. There will likely be leftover glaze, which can be covered and refrigerated for a week or two.
- Cut the ribs apart and serve immediately.