Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 4 racks trye baby back ribs (each 3/4 to 1 lb) or 2 racks american baby back ribs (each 2-2 1/2 lbs)

  2. 6 cloves garlic, corarsely chopped

  3. 1 piece (2in) fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

  4. 1 Tbsp sugar

  5. 1 Tbsp coarse salt (kosher or sea)

  6. 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  7. 2 Tbsp honey

  8. 1 Tbsp soy sauce

  9. 1 Tbsp Asian fish sauce or additional soy sauce For the dipping sauce:

  10. 4 tsp coarse salt (kosher or sea)

  11. 4 tsp white pepper

  12. 4 juicy limes, cut in half

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Prepare ribs and spice paste: If necessary, remove thin, papery membrane from back of each rack of ribs (some stores sell baby backs with membrane removed). If using larger racks of ribs, cut each rack in half. Place ribs in a nonreactive baking dish just large enough to hold them in single layer.

  2. Place garlic, ginger, sugar, 1 Tbsp salt, and black pepper in mortar and pound to paste with pestle. If you do not have a mortar and pestle, puree ingredients in food processor. Work in honey, soy sauce, and fish sauce or additional soy sauce. Spread spice paste over ribs on both sides. Let ribs marinate in refrigerate covered , 1-4 hours.

  3. Prepareingredients for dipping sauce; place 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp white pepper in neat mounds side by side in each of 4 tiny bowls. Place 2 lime halves next to each bowl.

  4. Preheat grill to medium. When ready to cook, brush grill grate clean and apply thin coat of oil to grate. Place ribs, bone side down, on hot grate and grill untill golden brown and cooked through, 8-12 min per side, a little longer for fullsize ribs. If flare ups occur, move ribs to another section of grill. When ribs are done, meat will have sshrund back from the ends of the bones by about 1/4 inch.

  5. Transfer racks of ribs to cutting board and cut into individual ribs, then arrange on platter or plates for serving. Just before eating, intruct guests to squeeze 1-2Tbs lime juice into bowl of salt and white pepper and stir until mixed. Dip ribs in sauce before eating.


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