Total:
1 hr 50 min
Active:
50 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 pounds baby back pork ribs
Tuscan Herb Rub:
  • 6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary 
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint 
  • 3 sprigs nepitella or mint 
  • 3 sprigs fresh lavender, or 1 teaspoon dried lavender leaves 
  • 3 leaves fresh sage 
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced 
  • 2 cups canned whole peeled tomatoes with their juices, pureed 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1 cup dry white wine, plus more 
  • 2/3 cup pitted black olives 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use a sharp knife to remove the thin white membrane from the bone side of the ribs. Cut in between each bone, leaving a few inches intact on the bottom of the rack. Cut through the center of the rack to make two equal-sized rib racks from each piece.

For the Tuscan herb rub: Strip the leaves from the parsley, rosemary, mint, nepitella and fresh lavender, if using. Put them in a mortar and pestle with the sage leaves (and the dried lavender, if using instead of fresh), salt, pepper and olive oil and mash to a paste. Rub the ribs thoroughly with the herb rub.

For the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a large, high-sided oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the ribs without crowding the skillet and cook until golden brown on each side, about 7 minutes per side. Remove the ribs to a plate to hold after they are browned off. Repeat with the remaining ribs.

Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and season with some salt and pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Add the wine, olives and bay leaves and cook until the smell of alcohol has dissipated, about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut through each rib to separate completely. Bring the sauce to a simmer and nestle all the ribs back into the pan, meat side down. Cover and bake until the ribs are tender and almost falling from the bone, about 1 hour. Scatter the chopped parsley on top and serve hot.

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