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Spanish Spareribs with Herb & Garlic Dipping Sauce Recipe

This Spanish recipe for Spareribs is served with a delicious herb and garlic dipping Sauce. These are just perfect for the BBQ, serve them as a starter or as a main meal.

Serves 4 as a main course or 12 as a starter.

For the ribs

2 racks pork spareribs 

salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tsp. hot pimentón (smoked paprika) or 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 tsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. granulated sugar

For the sauce

6 Tbs. sherry vinegar or white-wine vinegar

4 large cloves garlic, minced 

1tbs. dried oregano

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Spanish Spareribs

Grill the ribs

Clean and oil the grill or BBQ

If using a gas BBQ, light the front burner to medium low and leave the back burner(s) off. For a charcoal grill, light a medium fire (300°F to 350°F) with all the coals banked to one side and the other side empty.

In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbs. salt with 2 tsp. pepper with the pimentón or cayenne, oregano, and sugar. Pat the mixture all over both sides of the ribs. Let sit at room temperature while the grill heats.

Set the ribs, meaty side up, over the cool zone of the fire and cook covered (with the vents open on a charcoal grill) until the ribs brown and become tender (a paring knife should easily slice into the meat and the ribs should sag if you hold the center up with a pair of tongs), about 1-1/2 hours.

Make the sauce

While the ribs cook, combine 2tbs. vinegar with the garlic and oregano in a medium bowl. Using the bottom of a small spoon, smash the garlic and oregano against the bottom and sides of the bowl until it turns into a paste with the vinegar. Whisk in the remaining vinegar, 1/3 cup water, the oil, and 2 tsp. salt.

You could also add some diced roasted red peppers  (Spanish piquillos) to the sauce if you have them in your cupboard.

Transfer the ribs to a chopping board to rest for 5 minutes.

Cut the rack of ribs, place meaty side down so they’re easier to slice into individual ribs and transfer to a plate. Whisk the sauce well, drizzle on top of the ribs, and serve.

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