North Carolina Ribs, the recipe to make the perfect pork ribs

Pork ribs can be made in a thousand and one ways, and pretty much all of them are delicious. We can grill this whole cut, separate the ribs, and make them with lots of marinades but for me, the North Carolina Ribs is the recipe for making the perfect pork ribs.

Actually, there are three recipes that I like and I find infallible to prepare the baked ribs or BBQ Ribs. In fact, I use one or the other of the three depending on the size of the ribs and whether you want to prepare them whole or separately.

For large ribs, I like to make the BBQ Ribs recipe in the New York style, my friend Marco's recipe, which does a double cooking and they are very tender. For medium-sized prime rib, I prefer the Louisiana-style roast prime rib recipe, with Cajun spices and orange peel. And when I have small and tasty ribs, this is my favorite recipe, similar to the famous pork ribs of the Tony Roma's restaurant chain.


For 3 people
  • Pork ribs cut into two or three pieces 1
  • Ketchup 200
  • Barbecue sauce 200 ml
  • Vinegar 100 ml
  • Coca-cola (cola) 100 ml
  • Onion (medium) 1
  • Extra virgin olive oil soup spoons 2
  • Teaspoon honey 1
  • Red Tabasco (It can be siracha or another hot sauce) 5 ml
  • Optional liquid or powder smoke for smoky taste

How to Make North Carolina-Style Roasted Pork Ribs

Difficulty: medium
  • Total time 2 h 15 m
  • Elaboration 15 m
  • Cooking 2 h

All the ingredients are easy to get except for the liquid smoke that I buy in American food stores, although in the supermarket I have already seen powdered condiments to give smoked flavor. You can also use smoke flavored oil and you will get that special smoky touch of the original recipe.

In a saucepan, poach the onion very chopped and when it is very soft, add the rest of the ingredients of the sauce, stirring and reducing for about 10 minutes. Once the sauce is reduced, we crush it with the mixer and spread the ribs well, letting them marinate well impregnated for at least three hours.

After that time, we spread the sauce a little with a brush so that they are well covered and wrap them in aluminum foil, closing the package tightly. I prefer to make the rib in two packages to make it more manageable.

We bake at 140º for two hours, without moving them or opening the packages until that time passes. After that slow cooking at such a low temperature to be baked, the ribs are really impressive, very tender and full of flavor. It remains to give a touch of gratin after opening the foil package and ready to take to the table immediately.

What to accompany North Carolina-style roasted pork ribs

The recipe for North Carolina-style roast pork ribs is one of my family's favorites. Be sure to try them accompanied by some fries and homemade coleslaw salad. They will not disappoint you.

Tags:  Vegetables And Legumes Desserts Meats And Birds 

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