Even if the recent temperature drop has made it too chilly to grill outside, the barbecue mantra of “slow and low” can apply to a slow-cooker, too.
Just toss the ingredients for this easy pork rib recipe in the crockpot before heading to work or embarking on weekend chores, and voila — a dinner dish that’s so good, no one will complain about anyone licking their fingers at the table.
This is a very rich dish best served over rice, topped with sliced jalapeño to give it a little bite. We shredded the leftovers for nachos.
Coriander-Coconut Braised Ribs
3 1/2 pounds country-style pork ribs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
Vegetable cooking spray
1 1/2 cups chopped sweet onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon red curry paste
2 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon soy sauce
14-ounce can coconut milk
2 tablespoons lime juice
Trim excess fat from ribs. Stir together brown sugar and next 5 ingredients. Sprinkle mixture over ribs, pressing to adhere. Brown ribs on all sides, in batches, in 1 tablespoon hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place in a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 6-quart slow cooker.
Wipe skillet clean. Cook onion in remaining 1 tablespoon hot oil 6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and next 3 ingredients; cook 1 minute. Add soy sauce and coconut milk, stirring to release any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Pour over ribs in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 5 hours or until pork is tender.
Transfer ribs to a serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Pour liquid from slow cooker through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes. Skim fat from liquid.
Transfer liquid to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook 6 minutes or until reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Stir in lime juice. Serve with ribs.
Yield: 6 servings