The Ultimate Barbecued Pork Ribs

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The Ultimate Barbecued Pork Ribs
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Course Main Dish
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Ingredients
  • 2 slabs American style pork spare ribs about 1.5kg
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 bacon slices
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 smashed garlic cloves
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup peach or apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 slabs American style pork spare ribs about 1.5kg
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 bacon slices
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 smashed garlic cloves
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup peach or apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
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  1. Preheat the oven to 120C. Put the ribs on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Stick them in the oven, and let the ribs bake, low and slow for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Wrap the bacon around the middle of the thyme sprigs and tie with kitchen twine so you have a nice bundle. Heat a little oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the thyme bundle and cook slowly for 3 to 4 minutes to render the bacon fat and give the sauce a nice smoky taste. Add the onion and garlic and cook slowly, without colouring, for 5 minutes. Add all of the rest of the sauce ingredients, give the sauce a stir, and turn the heat down to low. Cook slowly for 20 minutes to meld the flavours. Put some sauce in a separate bowl for basting, reserving the remaining sauce for serving.
  3. Baste the ribs with the sauce and let them continue cooking, basting twice more, for 30 more minutes. When the ribs are cooked, take them out of the oven. You can let them hang out like this until you're ready to eat.
  4. When ready to eat, preheat an over grill on high for 5 minutes and then grill the ribs, basting with the sauce. They should become crisp and charred, about 5 minutes on each side. Pick the onion and garlic out of the sauce and serve with ribs.
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Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onion and Apple Confit

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Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onion and Apple Confit
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 kg pork shoulder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large yellow onions halved, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 in large Granny Smith apple peeled, cut1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon teaspoon dried thyme or 1fresh thyme
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Rocket or watercress to serve
  • Cauliflower or Celeriac Puree to serve
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 kg pork shoulder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large yellow onions halved, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 in large Granny Smith apple peeled, cut1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon teaspoon dried thyme or 1fresh thyme
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Rocket or watercress to serve
  • Cauliflower or Celeriac Puree to serve
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  1. Preheat oven to 220c.
  2. Pat the pork dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large oven-proof pot or Dutch oven with a lid. Brown pork on all sides, turning with tongs, 6-8 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer pork to plate. Pour off excess fat from pot. Add onion and 1 teaspoon salt. Sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft ad deep golden brown, 18-20 minutes.
  4. Add brandy and stir to deglaze pan.
  5. Add apple, garlic and thyme. Cook, stirring, 30 seconds.
  6. Return pork to pot, nestling it down in the onions. Add cider and chicken stock.
  7. Cover pot and place in oven. Reduce heat to 160c. Braise until meat is very tender, 2 1/2-3 hours. Return pot to cooktop. Transfer pork to a cutting board.
  8. Boil onion and apples until thickened and liquid slightly reduced, 1-2 minutes. Stir in mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Cut pork in serving pieces and arrange on serving platter or individual dinner plates.
  10. Spoon onion apple confit over and around the meat.
  11. Serve with a lightly dressed rocket or watercress salad.
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Slow braised pork belly with apple soup, garlic purée and Port jus

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Slow braised pork belly with apple soup, garlic purée and Port jus
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Course Dessert, Entree
Prep Time 60 minutes
Cook Time 120 minutes
Passive Time 2 days
Servings
as a starter
Ingredients
Pork Belly
  • 1 kg of pork belly
  • 100 g of sea salt
Apple Soup
  • 2 Royal Gala apples peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 10 g of butter
  • 100 ml of white chicken stock
  • black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt
Garlic purée
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp of double cream
  • 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil
  • 50 g of butter
Port jus
  • 290 ml of dry white port
Course Dessert, Entree
Prep Time 60 minutes
Cook Time 120 minutes
Passive Time 2 days
Servings
as a starter
Ingredients
Pork Belly
  • 1 kg of pork belly
  • 100 g of sea salt
Apple Soup
  • 2 Royal Gala apples peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 10 g of butter
  • 100 ml of white chicken stock
  • black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt
Garlic purée
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp of double cream
  • 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil
  • 50 g of butter
Port jus
  • 290 ml of dry white port
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Instructions
  1. Sprinkle half the salt in the bottom of a tray and add the porky, skin-side down. Add the rest of the salt on top and rub in well. Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for 12 hours
  2. Heat the oven to 80°C. Wash, dry and then wrap in cling film and then tin foil. Roast for 12 hours. Keep the juices for the Port jus; you will need 950ml
  3. Remove from the oven, place another tray on top of the belly and weight down. Leave in the fridge for 24 hours. Remove the tin foil and the cling film and cut into portions
  4. Brown the belly on all sides in a frying pan. Then place in a warm oven at 150°C
  5. Place the apples in a saucepan with a pinch salt, sugar and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. When soft, liquidise and push through a sieve. Season, adding a knob of butter. Set aside
  6. Heat the oven to 160°C. Wrap the garlic cloves in a large sheet of tin foil, douse with the grapeseed oil and season
  7. Wrap into a parcel and slowly roast for 1 ½ hours. Take out and peel the cloves. Put into a blender with the cream, butter and balsamic. Blitz to a fine purée, sieve if desired and keep until needed
  8. Reduce the stock by two thirds. Keep tasting; you want a full flavoured jus. Pass through a sieve into another pan. Reduce the white port until syrupy, then add the port to the jus
  9. To plate warm all the components separately and serve with the pork belly
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Glazed Ham With Pickled Watermelon Rind

Most Christmas tables will feature a ham, but let’s face it, when combined with Turkey, Pork and all the trimmings it can be a little to much. We came across this recipe on Gourmet Traveller and tried a ‘scaled down’ version it last weekend. The asian flavours of this glaze match perfectly with the pickles that also cut through the richness of the other meats and trimmings – It’s a match made in heaven!

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GLAZED HAM WITH PICKLED WATERMELON RIND
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Course Main Dish
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  • 500 ml fresh pineapple juice
  • 300 g light palm sugar finely chopped
  • 30 g ginger thinly sliced
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 small red chilli thinly sliced
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 lime rind finely grated
  • 1 leg of ham skin removed, fat scored, about 7kg
  • Pickled watermelon rind
  • 400 ml coconut vinegar
  • 330 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 200 gm watermelon rind thinly sliced (use a mandolin if you have one)
  • 3 golden shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 small red chilli thinly sliced
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 500 ml fresh pineapple juice
  • 300 g light palm sugar finely chopped
  • 30 g ginger thinly sliced
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 small red chilli thinly sliced
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 lime rind finely grated
  • 1 leg of ham skin removed, fat scored, about 7kg
  • Pickled watermelon rind
  • 400 ml coconut vinegar
  • 330 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 200 gm watermelon rind thinly sliced (use a mandolin if you have one)
  • 3 golden shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 small red chilli thinly sliced
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  1. For pickled watermelon rind, bring vinegar, sugar, coriander seeds, 100ml water and a pinch of salt to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat, stir to dissolve sugar (5-7 minutes) and set aside to cool (30 minutes). Add watermelon rind, shallot and chilli and refrigerate to pickle (overnight-48 hours).
  2. Preheat oven to 180C. Combine pineapple juice, sugar, ginger, cloves, star anise, chilli and lime rind in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir to dissolve sugar and simmer until reduced by half (15-20 minutes). Remove from heat, add half the lime juice and set aside.
  3. Place ham in a large roasting pan, brush with pineapple glaze and roast, basting occasionally, until ham is caramelised and warmed through (1¼-1½ hours). Season to taste with remaining lime juice, slice and serve with pickled watermelon rind.
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PORCHETTA – ITALIAN ROAST PORK – A PERFECT FESTIVE FEAST

You need to start this the day before you cook it, but the end result is well worth the effort. The combination of Fresh and Dried Fennel (seeds) really impart a flavour that has to be tried to be understood and the pan juices? Amazing – Only matched by the crispiest crackling you’re likely to taste!

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PORCHETTA - ITALIAN ROAST PORK
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hours
Passive Time 24 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 - 4 kg pork shoulder boned and rolled with rind on
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • Fresh fennel fronds from the top of two fennel bulbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 tender fennel branches
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 2 cups water
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hours
Passive Time 24 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 - 4 kg pork shoulder boned and rolled with rind on
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • Fresh fennel fronds from the top of two fennel bulbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 tender fennel branches
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 2 cups water
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Instructions
  1. The day before you are wanting to cook the pork, unroll the shoulder and place rind side up on a large board. Pat the rind dry and score it at 2cm intervals diagonally ensuring you don't cut down to the flesh (or the juices of the pork will escape when cooking and it will dry out your pork)
  2. Turn over and season the flesh with two handfuls of sea salt flakes and a generous amount of freshly ground pepper. Dot the 10 garlic cloves on the flesh, pushing them into the flesh where possible. Sprinkle all over with fennel seeds, dried chilli flakes and fennel fronds (in that order).
  3. Gently and tightly re-roll the shoulder (noting that it will be harder to roll with the filling) and tie with butchers twine (or re-use the elastic twine if your pork came with it). Place on a rack, lightly cover with cling film, and place in your fridge overnight.
  4. Remove the pork from the fridge two hours before you want to cook. 30 minutes before your pork goes into the oven, preheat it to 220 c.
  5. Drizzle the olive oil on the pork 1 tablespoon at a time and massage it into the scoring. Then, taking 2-3 generous handfuls of sea salt flakes and press it into the rind ensuring you have a visible layer of salt on the rind. Ensure you have a roasting tray with a roasting rack large enough for your pork. Cut your fennel branches in half, then lay them on the roasting rack making a bed for your pork, and transfer the pork to the tray. Into the bottom of the tray pour 2 cups wine and 1 cup water.
  6. Place in the oven and bake at 220° for 20 minutes, then turn down the oven to 180° and roast for 40 minutes per kilogram - turning it around every hour or so and adding the remaining wine and water halfway through.
  7. Remove from oven and transfer the pork to a large board. Cover with aluminium foil and rest for 30 minutes before serving. To serve, remove the crackling, breaking it up into pieces. Slice the pork in large rounds and serve with the pan juices.
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