Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our Thanksgiving Ribs Feast

I've skewed from the traditional for this year's Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving day itself my family actually ate dim sum at Ocean Seafood restaurant in LA's Chinatown, which was fabulous! The next day, we had a dinner get-together with a small group of friends, something that was planned in less than a week. At first we were just going to buy food but in the end, somehow I always manage to get myself into becoming the cook.

Since the group were not so much into Turkey, I decided make baby back ribs instead. I've seen many recipes on how to cook ribs using a crock pot so this was my chance to experiment. So I got excited and bought 4 racks of baby back ribs. When I got home I just realized...I only have one crock pot!! Yikes...there was no way I can fit 4 racks of ribs into one crock pot! And, it would take hours if I have to cook the ribs in two batches. I needed to come up with a solution - FAST!!

Suddenly, I remembered an Iron Chef episode I watched just the week before where the secret ingredient was ribs and the chefs cooked the ribs in the pressure cooker first before baking/grilling to speed up the process since they only have 1 hour to complete their dishes. Dilemma solved...I love you, Food Network!

Since I was going to cook the ribs using two different methods, I decided to use two marinades. The first one, using the crock pot, was cooked using a sesame orange glaze marinade. I wanted the second marinade to be different so I used the same marinade as if I was making Indonesian pork satay. If it's good as satay...it must be finger-licking good as baby back ribs, right? :) I was very pleased with the result. Both ribs were so tasty and falling-off-the-bone tender. And I'm sure my friends were happy we didn't end up buying store-bought food. Here are the recipe links: Indonesian Style Baby Back Ribs and Sesame Orange Glazed Pork Ribs

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