Costillitas recipe - Cuban Style Baby
courtesy of the
Cocina Cubana Club founded by Pascual Perez & chef Sonia
6-8 lb lean baby back pork ribs
8 Cloves of garlic
Juice of 3 large lemons
1/4 tsp. ground oregano
1 cup sour orange juice
(Or 1 Cup of Orange Juice with the juice of 1 large lime ( I use 1/2
& 1/2 of each)
5 tsp of salt
2 teaspoon of olive oil
Cut the ribs in 5 to 7 inches sections. Wash well under faucet and
dry thoroughly with paper towel. Smash the garlic cloves in a mortar
or garlic press.
Mix the sour orange juice, lime juice, oregano, garlic, olive oil
and 1/ 2 teaspoon of salt. Set aside about 1/2 cup of this mix ( the
marinating sauce) to be used when serving. Place ribs in a large
non-metal container and pour the rest of mix over the ribs. Rub the
remaining salt thoroughly on all surfaces of the ribs. Place in the
refrigerator and let stand for 2 to 3 hours.
Set you gas or charcoal grill to low and place ribs so that they are
not exposed to direct flame. Cook slowly for about 30 - 45 minutes.
Time will depend on the temperature of the your grill . (Cook very
slowly to insure tenderness). Turn ribs once or twice while cooking.
Once they are cooked, increase the heat to high or in the case of a
charcoal grill place ribs over direct high charcoal heat in order to
brown. Turn as needed to brown both sides well.
Serve with black beans and rice!
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