Barbecue Part I: spicy Korean pork spare ribs
May 19, 2008
Spicy Korean-style pork spare ribs and cool watermelon salad
My version of spare ribs are spicy and sweet, using Korean red pepper paste (gochu jang). I measured out this recipe for the first time since I’ve always made this to taste, depending on how many ribs I was cooking. This recipe should feed 4 very hungry people (or 6 people who had a snack before dinner).
Gochu jang is available at Korean and Asian grocery stores (and online, apparently).
This red pepper paste is not for the weak-hearted.
Spicy Korean pork spare ribs
1/3 C. Korean red pepper paste (gochu jang)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 C. sugar (or less, depending on how sweet you like it)
3 Tbs. sesame seed oil
1/4 C. water
4-5 scallions cut into 3 inch long pieces
1 medium onion, sliced
2 Tbs. crushed toasted sesame seeds
4-5 lbs. pork spare ribs
toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Combine red pepper paste, garlic, sugar, sesame seed oil and water in a large bowl until smooth and runny.
Add scallions, onions and crushed sesame seeds to mixture. Add spare ribs and coat well.
Refigerate for at least a half hour (I like to put them in for an hour). Heat up grill and cook on medium high, covered for about 6-8 minutes on each side, depending on your grill and the thickness of the ribs. You can cook the onions and scallions on the grill (they will fall through unless you use a grill pan), or discard. Sprinkle cooked ribs with sesame seeds, if desired.
Serve with lots of moist towelettes.
Something this spicy must be served with something to cool the tongue, and this watermelon salad fits the bill.
3 C. cubed watermelon
1 1/2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 C. thinly sliced red onion
1 C. diced seedless cucumber, peeled
3 Tbs. lime juice
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
fresh ground pepper to taste
Combine watermelon, cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumber, lime juice and olive oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss lightly. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve chilled.