Another great meal to make for your friends and family if you like barbecue, is this little treat from South Florida. This uses country-style pork ribs and is very different than most traditional BBQ rib recipes. As you’ll find, this recipe uses a large Dutch oven to cook the meat but is finished off on a BBQ grill. This helps to keep the pork meat tender while giving that unmistakable South Florida flavor the south is known best for.
What this recipe is all about
Ideally, we think of BBQ as cooking meat on a grill or smoking it until it becomes tender, but this recipe will surprise you since most of the hard work is done inside a Dutch oven. It’s not sure how this tradition started, but cooking pork ribs can be tedious if you don’t do it right. It’s always been less problematic to cook these tougher sections of pork in a method that helps to render down the tough tissue and fat so the meat becomes tender.
The same way that brisket is slow-roasted inside tin foil for several hours, a ribs in a Dutch oven uses heat and liquid to work at tenderizing tough meat in shorter periods. Think of this recipe as being a simpler way to slow roast pork like the Hawaiians do, but instead of digging a pit to steam the pork, it’s inside a pot with briny water.
Country-style Pork Ribs Recipe
- 1 Small onion (chopped)
- 1 Clove garlic (minced)
- 1/4 Cup vegetable oil (divided into 2-parts)
- 1 Can tomato paste (6-ounce can)
- 1 Cup water
- 1 Cup vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1/8 Teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 Teaspoon chili powder
- 4 Whole cloves
- 3 Drops hot sauce (your choice)
- 1-2 Bay leaves
- 5 Pounds country-style pork ribs (cut into 6 equal serving sizes)
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- Taking a large saucepan with low heat, add the vegetable oil until it heats up. Now add the chopped onion and minced garlic until it becomes tender. This is when you add the remainder of all of the BBQ sauce ingredients. This can now be brought to a boil and be sure to stir this well as it comes to a boil.
- After a boil is reached, this mixture can now be set to simmer for 1-hour. When the BBQ sauce is thickened, remove the bay leaves and set this sauce off to the side.
- Your ribs and salt are placed into a large Dutch oven with water. The water level only needs to cover the top of the ribs, so the rest of the resulting heat will do the hard work for you. The pot needs to be heated until it boils with the cover placed onto the Dutch oven. After this, you can reduce the heat to simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
- The idea is to make your ribs tender, so you’ll need to check this after half an hour to see if the meat has reached this stage. At this point, you can remove the water from the pot and let the ribs sit until the next step.
- Your BBQ grill should be ready by this time so you can place your rib pieces onto the grill. Add the BBQ sauce and coat each side in addition to grilling them for 5-minutes on both sides. Repeat this twice with more sauce applied as you like. This is when you can serve the ribs with the remaining BBQ sauce placed in small bowls with the pork ribs.