September 27, 2011

Recipes for Gamers: Coffee-Prune Glazed Ribs

Most of the gamers I know are confirmed carnivores, and there’s a possibility that when confronted with this fragrant barbecue even a vegetarian might fail his Saving Throw.  This is my own recipe, inspired by something I saw on a cooking show – it may or may not have been Jamie Oliver’s.

  • 1 kg pork ribs or pork belly
  • 1/2 cup pitted prunes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup black brewed coffee*
  • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • dash of cinnamon
ProcedureBrew the coffee.  If you don’t have brewed coffee on hand, I’ve done this successfully with instant, but brewed is more fragrant.  You want about 1 cup or a little more.

Grind the spices if you bought whole, then combine with all the other ingredients save the pork in a blender.  Whiz it all into a puree. How much sugar you add depends on how strong your coffee is; I like to brew mine punchy for the fragrance, then make up for the bitterness with a little more sugar.

Marinade the pork in this puree for at least 30 minutes, longer if you can; overnight in the ref is best.  

Bake the pork at 350 F for 20-30 minutes, turn, and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  This recipe reaches its full glory over charcoal or wood, though, so if you have the time and a charcoal grill or smoker, try making this the old-fashioned way.

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