This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – Cola and Jam Spareribs (p 280) – was one I approached with some trepidation. Firstly, the only ribs I *really* like are Dorie’s beef short ribs – pork spareribs are not my favourite – plus, Coke and apricot jam? Supposing that Dorie knows much more what she is talking about than I do, I dutifully marinaded the ribs in the jam, orange juice, lemon juice, five spice powder and ground ginger overnight. The marinade ingredients alone sounded promising and it smelled pretty good when I was mixing it up.
For once I actually read the recipe the whole way through before I started (not something I am wont to do!), so I noted that the total baking time is about 2 hours (thanks Dorie for actually writing that in the recipe – when I am cooking, I don’t need that extra step of adding up all the separate cooking times..) and prepared them for a late lunch – actually with the Dorie’s warm weather pot-au-feu as the starter and a cherry clafoutis that I am posting on Sunday for the dessert…
Well I liked these quite a lot – for ribs, you understand. The sweetness from the jam and cola and the lovely aromatics of the ginger and five spice worked really well together. Will I make them again? For myself, probably not. For a large gathering of friends? Yes. Easy and flavourful and something a little different from barbecue ribs.
And yes, I ate mine with a knife and fork, à la française!
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