I love ribs! Well, I love good ribs – ones that are cooked well, that fall off the bone, and that are flavorful. I usually equate ribs with barbecue sauce and in fact, that is how I've always made them. Break out the cole slaw, the corn on the cob, maybe some mashers or roast potatoes … oh yeah, baby, them's good eats.
But this week is Mexican week, right? While I've been sifting through the many photos from our cruise and brief time in Mexico, I've also been cooking up a storm—All Mexican! I could eat Mexican food every day, I think. And this week, I have! (Actually, Emily cooked last night—Mexican!—and that recipe is coming your way, too!) I came across a recipe in Everyday Food for Honey-Chipotle Glazed Ribs and while it is not typical Mexican fare, it certainly has the flavor components that give me permission to share it with you this week! As the name implies, the sauce calls for honey … and I used avocado honey from Temecula. Seemed appropriate.
It also calls for those yummy chipotle chiles that I used in the Chipotle Chicken and Rice the night before. I've always wondered why they put those chiles in such large cans when any recipe I've ever seen only calls for one or two of the chiles … I always have some left over and search high and low looking for new recipes to use chipotles in. The sauce calls for ¼ cup of chiles so that used up about 4 of them. You might assume that using that many peppers would make the ribs spicy, but I think the combination of the honey and the long cooking time mellows out the spice.
So … mix ¼ cup of honey with ¼ cup of chipotles and ¼ cup of dry mustard, 3 T. salt and 2 t. pepper, and pour the mixture on the ribs that you've laid out on heavy duty aluminum foil on a baking pan. Wrap them up tightly and bake for 2-2 ½ hours in a 400° oven. When you take them out of the oven, you're going to want to dive right in …
… but refrain yourself just long enough to brush them with just a bit more honey on them and put them on the grill for about 3 minutes each side.
NOW we're talking 'good eats'! There wasn't much sauce left to put on the ribs while eating, and the kids wanted some, but Ken said they were the best ribs he has ever had! The ribs were so moist and flavorful that he and I really didn't miss the sauce.
I guess this one is a keeper!