It started with a whoops! As it so often does in this house anyway. There we were in the supermarket just as they were reducing the reduced items in the reduced section.  It was like Christmas. I rather cheekily batted my eyelashes at the gentleman doing the reductions and asked him if he was planning on reducing the items I was about to purchase and if so would he mind doing them pretty please with a cherry on the top? The darling man smiled and did exactly that. I fell a little bit in love with him…

So anyway I ended up with £5 of pork ribs for just £1.70 and a whole host of other bargains including smoked salmon, lamb fillet and other yummy items. What I didn’t have was enough room in the freezer for the ribs.  So these are now on the menu.

I have watched far too many episodes of Man V Food to want anything other than meltingly tender ribs that leave the bone clean. The bone must be left clean. This is The Law according to Adam Richman and if my eyelashes are effective on the man at ASDA they pale into insignificance when compared with the beautifully curled eyelashes that gentleman possesses. So the ribs have to be cooked slow and long to tenderise them and then be glazed and crisped to perfection.

I’m going to to give it a go with a little help from this  it may be cheating but sometimes buying something pre-made means that you don’t have to go out and get a thousand different spices that will just go off before you have chance to use them. Value is all 😉

S0 the ingredients for this are

  • 1 kg Pork ribs (£1.70 if you have the gift of the eyelashes, otherwise £5)
  • Barbecue marinade from Aldi (19p)
  • 4 tbsp ketchup (10p)
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (5p)
  • 1 tbsp honey (10p)

Total cost for the eyelash impaired… £5.44 😉

Coat the ribs in the dry marinade and place in a slowcooker. Do not add any liquid. Cook on medium for 3 hours, remove and place on a roasting rack or similar and place in a pre-heated  oven, as hot as you can. Blast until dark brown and crisp.

Meanwhile, take the liquid from the slow cooker, this is just marinade and pork juices so will be incredibly tasty. Strain and then put into a saucepan. Add  3-4 tablespoons of ketchup, honey and a little liquid smoke reduce until thick rich and sticky.  You can add dried chili if you like it spicy.  Baste the ribs with the sauce part way through cooking and/or serve drizzled on top of the ribs or on the side, or however y’all like ’em.

We had homemade cheese rolls, salad and corn-on-the-cob with ours and they were delicious. Man won 😉

If you wanted to make your own marinade/dry rub as I have done in the past then use 2 tsp  each of brown sugar, cayenne, smoked paprika,  garlic granules and  a tsp each of chilli powder, mustard powder, salt and black pepper.  This will make enough for at least two servings and can be use on pork of any description as well as chicken.

In order…out of the slowcooker, basting, ready to eat and finally The Bones!