Grilled Iberico Pork Ribs

If you’re looking for a recipe that always shines in Spanish restaurants and kitchens, look no further than Iberian pork ribs. Whether grilled, barbecued, or baked in the oven, these ribs are sure to be the star dish in your home. Don’t worry, this recipe is straightforward and easy to follow!

How to Prepare Grilled Iberian Pork Ribs

Iberian pork offers numerous health benefits. Not only is it great for cholesterol, as it increases the good cholesterol (HDL) and decreases the bad cholesterol (LDL), but it is also packed with vitamins B6 and B12 and protein.

But the real advantage of this meat lies in its exquisite taste. Iberian pork has a unique flavor that is hard to resist. Plus, it has a tender texture that, when cooked just right, releases mouthwatering juices that will please even the most discerning palates.

The most traditional method of preparing Iberian pork ribs is grilling them, just like in restaurants. If you don’t have a barbecue at home, don’t worry. Another effective way to cook these ribs is on the grill or in a frying pan. The result will be nothing short of spectacular!

Ingredients for Four People

  • Two whole Iberian pork ribs.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Preparation

  • Ask your butcher to thoroughly clean the Iberian pork ribs, or you can do it yourself at home. Iberian pork has a generous amount of fat, which gives it that characteristic flavor. If you prefer to limit your fat consumption, gently remove the excess fat.
  • Let the Iberian pork ribs reach room temperature for at least two hours before cooking. This will enhance the flavor of the meat.
  • Since the cooking juices already provide excellent flavor, there’s no need to season the ribs. Preheat the grill or use a large frying pan if you don’t have a grill.
  • To prevent the meat from sticking, lightly grease the grill with olive oil. You can pour a small amount of oil on kitchen paper and rub it over the grill’s surface in circular motions. This trick will help you keep the grill from getting too greasy. The same applies if you’re pan-frying the ribs.
  • Once the grill is hot, place the Iberian pork ribs on it. If you’re short on time, it’s best to cut the ribs into strips. You can use a sharp knife to do this, or ask your butcher to cut them for you. Alternatively, you can cook the whole ribs, but keep in mind that it will take longer.
  • If you choose to cut the ribs, try to flatten them as much as possible for even cooking.
  • Season the ribs with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Always use tongs to turn the ribs over, never a fork. Turning the meat with a fork can cause the cooking juices to escape, resulting in dry meat.
  • Once the Iberian pork ribs are cooked to perfection, remove them from the grill or pan and serve.
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Breaded Potatoes for the Iberian Pork Ribs

One of the best side dishes to accompany the ribs is baked potatoes. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Four medium baking potatoes.
  • One medium onion.
  • A clove of garlic.
  • Thyme, rosemary, or parsley.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.
  • Coarse salt.
  • Freshly ground black pepper.

To prepare the potatoes, start by cutting them into thin slices. This allows them to cook more quickly and evenly. Try to ensure that all the potatoes are of the same thickness. Once the potatoes are peeled and sliced, julienned the onion and mix it with the potatoes. Layer them in a baking tray or dish.

While you chop the vegetables, preheat the oven to 160 degrees. Boil the potatoes until they are partially cooked. Sprinkle the finely chopped garlic over the top and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs. Cover the pan with foil and bake for one hour, or until the potatoes are tender and well-cooked. If you want to elevate the flavor, you can add a splash of white wine after one hour of cooking and leave the potatoes in the oven for another 20 minutes.

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