Pork Ribs with a Hoisin Mandarin Orange Sauce

You may have noticed that I have many simple combinations of sauces that we make for pork (mainly ribs), poultry (mainly drummettes, legs and wings) and fish. It is a simple technique and is economical as well. Buy your meat except for the fish when they are on sale and freeze until ready to use. Thaw meat, add sauce, bake and an easy and delicious meal, snack or appetizer is ready.

Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a meal. Double ingredient amounts to serve a family of 4 as a meal. Make sure to add about 15 minutes of cooking time when doubling the recipe. If you double the amount of the ribs, there is no need to double the amount of sauce ingredients, because the sauce amounts makes quite a bit of sauce.

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. of pork ribs
1/2 cup of hoisin sauce
1- 15 oz. can of mandarin oranges in syrup
A light sprinkle of kosher salt
Non-stick cooking spray

Technique

Spray a small Dutch oven or other covered baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place ribs flesh side down into pot. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Evenly spread the remaining ingredients over the top of the ribs. Cover and bake in a preheated oven at 300 degrees for two hours or until meat easily falls off the bones. Remove ribs from baking dish and set aside. Heat Dutch oven or pot (you will need to pour contents of baking dish into the pot if using a baking dish) over high heat and whisk sauce ingredients together until reduced and slightly thickened. Pour sauce over ribs and enjoy.

Suggested Side Dish

Try Chilled Soba Noodles with Mandarin Oranges, Orange Bell Pepper Rice, Rice with Pineapple and Coconut Milk or plain rice.

Suggested Beverage

Try Ménage à Trois Folie à Deux California White Wine, Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes (Argentina), Blue Moon Belgian-Style Wheat Ale with orange wedges, Tsingtao or Asahi.

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