If there is one recipe that triumphs in Spanish restaurants and kitchens, it is iberian pork ribs. They can be grilled, barbecued or even baked in the oven. Follow the preparation tips to make this the star dish in your home. The recipe is straightforward!
How to prepare grilled Iberian pork ribs
Iberian pork provides multiple health benefits. For example, it is perfect for cholesterol as it increases the good cholesterol or HDL in the blood and decreases the LDL or bad cholesterol. On the other hand, this type of meat has a high content of vitamins B6 and B12 and proteins.
But without a doubt, one of the advantages of this meat is its exquisite taste: iberian pork has a unique flavour! In addition, the texture is very soft, and when cooked properly, it releases a lot of juices that will delight even the most demanding palates.
The most traditional way to prepare iberian pork ribs is by grilling them; this is how they are usually prepared in restaurants. If you do not have a barbecue at home, another very effective way to cook the ibérico pork ribs is on the grill or in a frying pan. They will be spectacular!
Ingredients for four people
- Two whole iberian pork ribs.
- Extra virgin olive oil.
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Ask your butcher to thoroughly clean the ibérico pork ribs, although you can also do it yourself at home. iberian pork has a lot of fat, which gives it its characteristic flavour; if you want to limit fat consumption a little, you can remove it by gently pulling it off.
- Leave the ibérico pork ribs at room temperature for at least two hours before cooking - the meat will be much tastier!
- As the iberian ribs already have a unique flavour from the cooking juices, you will not need to season the cut. Turn on the grill. If you do not have one, use a frying pan large enough for the size of the ribs.
- To prevent the meat from sticking, add olive oil to the grill to grease it, avoiding too much oil. How to avoid it? One trick is to pour oil on kitchen paper and rub it several times, in circles, over the grill's surface - using the paper will help keep the grill from getting too greasy! Do the same if you are pan-frying.
- Once the grill is hot, place the ibérico pork ribs on the grill. Should you place them whole or in pieces? It all depends on the time you have! If you want the meat to cook quickly, it is best to cut the ribs into strips; for this, you will need a knife with a sharp enough edge, but you can also ask for them to be cut at the butcher's shop. You can place the whole ribs if you prefer, but be careful; it will take longer.
- If you decide to place the ribs when cut, try to make them as flat as possible to cook properly.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Using tongs, never a fork, turn the ribs over, so they are cooked on the other side. Be careful! You must always turn the meat with tongs or tongs! If you prick the meat with the fork, it will release all the cooking juices, and the meat may become dry.
- When the iberian pork ribs are ready, remove and serve.
Breaded potatoes for the Iberian pork ribs
One of the best side dishes to accompany the ribs is baked potatoes. For the baked potatoes, you will 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, you should cut them into thin slices, allowing 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 cut, cut the onion into julienne strips and mix them with the potatoes. Place them in a baking tray or baking dish in layers.
While chopping the vegetables, it is time to preheat the oven to 160 degrees and bring the potatoes to a boil. Sprinkle the finely chopped garlic over the top and drizzle with oil; season with salt and pepper, and add the herbs of your choice. Cover the pan with foil for one hour until the potatoes are tender and well cooked. If you wish to enhance the flavour of the potatoes, you can drizzle a little white wine over the potatoes after one hour of cooking and leave the potatoes in the oven for another 20 minutes.