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Pork ribs with spinach and pumpkin salad

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17
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
1 hr 10 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Sweet and sticky barbecue ribs with a light fresh pumpkin and spinach side.

Ingredients

Barbecue sauce

½ cup(s), (125ml)

Brown sugar

2 tsp

Pepper

1 tsp, (cayenne)

Ground cumin

1 tsp

Vinegar

¼ cup(s), (malt)

Pumpkin

600 g, (kent), cut into 4cm pieces

Pork spare ribs, untrimmed

500 g, (buy 1kg)

Baby spinach leaves

40 g

Olive oil

2 tsp

Red wine vinegar

2 tsp

Pecans

20 g, chopped

Oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)

Instructions

  1. Combine sauce, sugar, cayenne, cumin and vinegar in a shallow dish. Add ribs and turn to coat. Cover and place in fridge for 1 hour or overnight. Remove ribs from fridge 15 minutes before cooking.
  2. Preheat a hooded barbecue over medium-low heat (see note). Place ribs with marinade in a heavy-based flameproof baking dish. Place pumpkin in a small flameproof baking dish. Lightly spray with oil.
  3. Turn off burners under flat plate (leaving grill side on). Place baking dishes on flat plate. Cook, with hood down using indirect heat, for 30 minutes. Remove dish with pumpkin and cover to keep warm.
  4. Pour ½ cup (125ml) water into base of pan containing ribs and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  5. Increase heat to medium-high. Remove ribs from pan and cook directly on grill plate, basting with any remaining marinade, for 5–10 minutes or until browned.
  6. Add spinach, oil, vinegar and pecans to pumpkin and toss to combine. Cut ribs into portions and serve with pumpkin salad.

Notes

SERVING SUGGESTION: Brown rice.TIPS: You can also cook pumpkin and ribs, covered, in an oven preheated to 180°C or 160°C fan-forced. In Step 5, increase temperature to 220°C or 200°C fan-forced and bake ribs, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until browned. Make sure you use American-style ribs for this recipe rather than the fattier Chinese-style ribs cut from pork belly.