After drooling over most of the Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course, the Accidental Locavore decided it was time to take at least one of the recipes out for a test drive. First up (because spare ribs were on sale), his spicy spare ribs. This time, watching the show, I took notes. What follows is how I cooked the ribs, with some help from one of my HuffPost followers who had already tried them. See below for my notes on the recipe. It will serve 3-4 people and takes a little less than two hours from start to finish, half of that unattended.
My verdict: These were good and could be great. I would definitely make them again with a couple of tweaks (see below). It’s an easy recipe, but does require some attention. My husband thought they were really good and had seconds! I served them with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Notes: The biggest change I would make would be to use country-style ribs instead of regular spare ribs. It needs a meatier rib than the ones I had. Luckily, Bob, my HuffPost follower, gave me a heads-up on lowering the oven temperature and removing the ribs before reducing the sauce. Otherwise they would have been really dried out and tough. Thanks Bob! I would have liked a little more sweetness in the sauce, but not being a big fan of honey, wasn’t sure what would work there-maybe some sort of jam? What would you use?