Summertime is perfect for lazy afternoons on the patio, with a book in one hand and a beer in the other. Grilling ribs is an art that requires several hours, so it is a perfect companion for the lazy afternoon on the patio (especially if it is your spouse or partner doing the grilling while you sit with the beer and book!).
My boys and I decided to improve the probability of this scenario by splurging on my husband’s 50th birthday present …… a Primo Oval XL 400 Grill. Yep, that’s 400 square inches of cooking surface and a ceramic grill construction that allows for perfection in grilling and smoking. Some men have their dream sports cars, my husband has his dream grill. When I went shopping for the grill, I texted my sons jokingly, “Do we love him that much?” My oldest replied, “Well, the grill is a show of love as well as an investment in future meals for ourselves, making the deal substantially more attractive.” With meals like this Fennel-Spiced Pork Ribs with Onion Cilantro Tempering, we have been quickly realizing that return on our investment!
The grill was actually the perfect opportunity for my husband to try one of the recipes he had been eyeing in the cookbook I recently purchased from one of my favorite bloggers — Tikka, Tikki & Spicy Bites, authored by Peri Avari and Rohit Kapoor, over at Peri’s Spice Ladle. The Fennel-Spiced Pork Ribs with Onion Cilantro Tempering did not disappoint!
After marinating the pork ribs overnight, they were ready for hours of slow roasting on the grill. In order to help keep the ribs moist, my husband sprays them down every 20 minutes or so with a mixture of juice, vinegar and water.
After smoking the ribs in the rack, and cooking them for a couple hours, he then wraps them in foil to cook for another hour. The last stage is to put the ribs directly on the grill with indirect heat to finish them with a glaze.
Using a silicone brush, he glazes with a heated mixture of mango chutney and chicken broth.
After the grilling stage is done, the ribs are transferred to the kitchen for application of the Onion Cilantro Tempering.
We served the ribs with a side of cucumber raita, and bookmarked this recipe for a repeat performance!
Peri’s newest cookbook, Tikka, Tikki & Spicy Bites, is a bargain at only $5.99 (USD) through Amazon, and also available through Amazon’s international sites. I have followed Peri’s blog since I began blogging several years ago. If you are not familiar with Peri’s Spice Ladle, it is a feast for the senses with delicious recipes and food ideas (ranging from family-friendly weeknight meals to more sophisticated dinner and party options), as well as interesting writing on the Indian culture and cooking techniques.
Ciao! ~ Kat