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Mama’s spare ribs

Serves 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

If you’ve ever had spare ribs at a restaurant and wondered how to cook them, then here’s the answer. The gravy certainly is finger-licking good!

Ingredients

Method

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 600-700g pork spare ribs, blanched and drained
  • 1 small tin tomato paste
  • 3 tomatoes quartered, or
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sherry (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups of hot water
View the method
  1. Saute the onions and garlic until soft.
  2. Add spare ribs.
  3. Stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients.
  5. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring.
  6. Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until meat is tender and gravy has thickened.
  7. Taste to see whether you need a little more sugar and vinegar or chilli.
  8. When ready, thicken the gravy with a corn flour paste made of 1 Tablespoon corn flour and 2 Tablespoon water.

Serve with rice or bread to soak up the gravy.

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