Thai Ribs and Legs

TOTAL TIME: 4 hr 30 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 2 hr
Cook: 2 hr
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

RIBS AND LEGS:
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • About 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • About 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, cracked from skin
  • 2 serrano chile peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Fresno chile pepper, sliced
  • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 pounds pork loin ribs, cut into single bones
  • 8 chicken drummers (drumsticks), skinned
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, white part chopped
  • 1 lime, sliced
    SWEET AND SOUR CHILI SAUCE:
    • 1/3 cup superfine sugar
    • One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
    • About 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
    • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 1 Fresno chile, finely chopped
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 1/2 cup dry-roasted cashews or peanuts, finely chopped
    • 1 bunch scallion tops, thinly sliced (reserve the whites for the Thai Cucumbers, recipe follows)
    • Jasmine rice, for serving
    • Thai Cucumbers, recipe follows, for serving
    THAI CUCUMBERS:
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
    • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 1 carrot, grated
    • 1 seedless cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1 bunch scallion whites, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
    • 1 Fresno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
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    Directions

    For the ribs and legs: Combine the cilantro, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, chile peppers, ginger and the white part of the lemongrass in a blender or food processor. Puree until a fairly smooth, thick sauce forms.

    Put the pork ribs and chicken drummers in a large resealable plastic bag or shallow plastic storage container and slather the marinade over the meat. Add the lime slices and the top part of the lemongrass to the bag and refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours.

    For the sweet and sour sauce: Combine 1/2 cup water, the sugar and ginger in a small pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then simmer for a couple of minutes to infuse the syrup with the ginger. Pour the syrup into a small bowl and let cool. Remove the ginger, then stir in the vinegar, cilantro, mint, Sriracha, fish sauce, chile pepper and lime juice.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Arrange the ribs in an even layer in a baking dish, and add the marinade and lime slices. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the baking dish from the oven and add the drumsticks. Cover and bake for 30 more minutes.

    Raise the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Uncover the baking dish and bake until the ribs and drumsticks are deeply browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and drizzle with about half the sweet and sour sauce. Top with the nuts and scallions. Serve with rice and Thai Cucumbers. Pass the remaining sweet and sour sauce at the table.
    Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, sea salt and lime juice in a bowl until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the carrots, cucumbers and scallions, and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture to a plastic food storage container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Add the mint and chile pepper just before serving, and toss to combine.

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    • on December 12, 2012

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      Absolutely worth all of the prep. My guests raved about it. I used 1 jalepeno pepper and 1/2 poblano pepper as that was all my local store had and the heat was just about right.

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    • on September 07, 2012

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      Excellent! Easy to prepare and incredible flavor. I've made this dish three times. It is now a regular in my line-up.

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    • on January 02, 2012

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      I love Thai food, this is a perfect dish! I couldn't find lemongrass at my store so I zested lemon and used the juice. The marinade was great!! I also only used pork spare ribs off the bone they were cheaper, with the drumsticks. However they were very tender and juicy. The sticky sauce is very sweet and spicy! I use Siracha ALL the time and recommend only 1Tbs. If your not used to it or do not like very spicy food. My whole family loved it! I made a second batch of sticky sauce to pour over the rice it was just sooo good! My picky toddler even ate the chicken with the spicy sauce! (my first batch had only 1Tbs. Siracha. This is my new go to dish for Thai!! Make sure to give yourself some time when cooking it does require some prep and long baking time, but sooo worth it!

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