get it home page promo

Country-style pork ribs start with a brine bath

2010-05-12T00:00:00Z Country-style pork ribs start with a brine bathThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 12, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The trick to great barbecued ribs is not letting the meat get lost in the sauce.

So to keep the pork flavorful and moist — and to give it the substance to stand up to the sauce — I created a quick sweet and peppery brine from brown sugar, kosher salt, peppercorns and garlic powder.

A quick — or not, depending on how much time you have — bath in the brine produces exceptionally tender, moist ribs. And to help the meat shine even more, I opted for country-style pork ribs, which are all meat and no bone.

As for the barbecue sauce, there’s nothing wrong with using purchased. But it’s easy to make your own, which lets you tweak the flavors. I created a spicy Asian-influenced one for this recipe (it includes ginger, toasted sesame oil and hot sauce).

Brined and Grilled Country-Style Pork Ribs

Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes (20 minutes active)

Servings: 3

For the brine:

2 cups water

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup kosher salt

1 tablespoon whole peppercorns

1 teaspoon garlic powder

4 cups ice

1 1/4 pounds country-style pork ribs

For the barbecue sauce:

6-ounce can tomato paste

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon ground dry ginger

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons water

Sesame seeds

In a medium saucepan over medium-high, combine the water, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns and garlic powder. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the ice and stir until fully cooled.

Transfer the brine to a large zip-close plastic bag. Add the ribs, seal the bag and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare the barbecue sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, ginger, cumin, mustard powder, honey, sesame oil and water.

When ready to grill, heat a grill to medium-high. Coat the grate with oil or cooking spray. Drain and discard the brine.

Place the ribs on the grill. Brush the tops of the ribs with barbecue sauce, then cover the grill and cook for 5 minutes. Use tongs to flip the ribs, then brush the tops with additional barbecue sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted at the thickest part of a rib reads 160 F.

Just before serving, sprinkle the ribs with sesame seeds.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

No Comments Posted.

Civil Dialogue

We provide this community forum for readers to exchange ideas and opinions on the news of the day. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name-calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters. If you receive an error after submitting a comment, please contact us.

If your comment was not approved, perhaps:

    1. You called someone an idiot, a racist, a dope, a moron, etc. Please, no name-calling or profanity (or veiled profanity -- #$%^&*).

    2. You rambled, failed to stay on topic or exhibited troll-like behavior intended to hijack the discussion at hand.

    3. YOU SHOUTED YOUR COMMENT IN ALL CAPS. This is hard to read and annoys readers.

    4. You have issues with a business. Have a bad meal? Feel you were overcharged at the store? New car is a lemon? Contact the business directly with your customer service concerns.

    5. You believe the newspaper's coverage is unfair. It would be better to write the editor at This is a forum for community discussion, not for media criticism. We'd rather address your concerns directly.

    6. You included an e-mail address or phone number, pretended to be someone you aren't or offered a comment that makes no sense.

    7. You accused someone of a crime or assigned guilt or punishment to someone suspected of a crime.

    8. Your comment is in really poor taste.

    9. Don't write a novel. If your comment is longer than the article you're commenting on, you might want to cut it down a bit. Lengthy comments will likely be removed.
Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

Follow the Independent Record

Featured Offers & Deals

Great Helena Businesses