The brownies were made using this recipe with Oreo cookies cut in half and pushed into the mixture before baking. Oreos are a well known American cookie.
Barbecue and ribs seem to feature in lots of American films, TV programs and books. One that springs to mind is the film Fried Green Tomatoes which has a memorable scene involving barbecue, those who have seen it will know what it is that I am referring to and those who haven't need to get the film and watch it.
To make these ribs I use a large bottle of that American Institution, Coke. I use it in the braising liquid and again in the Sticky Bourbon Glaze. For this recipe I used thick, short cut beef ribs which tend to be quite tough and chewy. The braising process makes the meat tender and then they can be barbecued or baked in the oven.
The ribs slowly cooking in the marinade
Ribs removed from marinade, dried with paper towel
Ribs cooked in the oven
Beef Spare Ribs with Sticky Bourbon Glaze
Allow two – three ribs per person
8 thick, short cut beef ribs
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
2 bay leaves
2 litres Coke – Cola, reserve 1 cup for the glaze
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon hot smoked paprika
Place ribs in a pot/ casserole /electric frypan. Cover with all ingredients for the marinade. Add a little water if the ribs are not completely covered. Simmer/ cook on low heat for 2 -3 hours or until the meat is soft and can be pierced easily with a skewer. I cook them foe 3 hours if they are to be barbecued and two if they are to be cooked in the oven.
1 cup Coke- Cola
½ cup Bourbon/whiskey/brandy
½ cup tomato sauce
½ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon hot smoked paprika.
For a barbecue glaze -combine all ingredients in a saucepan and reduce until thick and a coating consistency.
To cook in the oven – combine all ingredients but do not reduce, pour the glaze over the ribs and reduce in the oven.
To Finish Ribs
Cook ribs for at least 2 hours, if really thick they may need 3.
Remove ribs from braising liquid* and pat dry with paper towel. Brush ribs all over with the glaze and cook on a hot grill. Turning ribs to char each side. Brush again with the glaze and serve a little with the ribs.
* braising liquid may be reduced down and added to the glaze.
In the Oven
Cook ribs for 2 hours. Remove ribs from braising liquid* and place in a baking dish. Pour glaze over the ribs and cook in a very hot oven for a further 45 minutes, baste the ribs once or twice. The glazw will reduce and thicken as it cooks in the oven.
* braising liquid may be reduced down and added to ribs as they cook.