Whether done on a barbecue or roasted in the oven, pork ribs are one of my favourite meals. Especially if you can get good quality, free-range pork ribs. There are hundreds of way to prepare and season the ribs – from amazing rubs to bourbon infused sauces – but I hope that you enjoy my version made with cajun inspired spice rub and glazed with a special barbecue sauce made with apples and cinnamon (sugar free too!).
The cooking method in this recipe involves oven roasting but you can easily do these puppies on a hot barbecue. I bought cut up ribs but you could easily do the whole rack. I served the ribs with some roasted sweet potatoes and a simple coleslaw made with cabbage, carrots, onion, celery and a mayo dressing.
Remember it takes 30 minutes to make my apple barbecue sauce which you can do ahead of time or while the ribs are enjoying their spice rub or cooking under the foil for the first 1 1/2 hours.
- 1 kg free-range pork ribs
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup Apple & Cinnamon Paleo BBQ Sauce
- Combine the spice rub ingredients in a bowl and rub all over the ribs. Set aside for 30 minutes to an hour (you can keep in them in fridge if you would like to marinate for longer than 30 minutes).
- Prepare the apple BBQ sauce while the ribs are spicing up.
- Preheat the oven 150C/300F (conventional). Place the ribs in a roasting tin in a single layer and add a few splashes of water to the bottom (this will keep them nice and moist). Cover with foil and cook for 1½ hours. After that remove the foil and brush the ribs with the apple barbecue sauce. Place back in the oven, middle shelf, and turn the heat up to 220C/420F (conventional, not fan forced). Cook, uncovered, for a further 30-40 minutes. Turn the ribs over and brush with more barbecue apple sauce half way through. Remove from the oven, cover with foil and rest for a few minutes before serving.
- If making roasted sweet potatoes, you can do those in the same oven in the last stage of ribs cooking (about 25-30 minutes at 220C).
Try my apple & cinnamon barbecue sauce