Archive for March 2nd, 2012

You’ve never had ribs like these. Inundated with coriander, cumin, and lime, the meat is tenderized and moistened by brine and then glazed with a lime-butter vinaigrette that is flavored with cilantro (coriander leaf) – reflecting back on the coriander in the brine.

TIMING
Prep: 5 minutes (plus 10 minutes for brine and syrup)
Brine: 6 to 12 hours
Grill: About 1 hour.

BBQ TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
– Long-handled tongs
– Long-handled basting brush.

THE GRILL
Gas:
Indirect heat, medium (325° to 350°F)
3- or 4-burner grill – middle burner(s) off
2-burner grill – 1 side off
Clean, oiled grate
Charcoal:
Indirect heat, medium ash
Split charcoal bed (about 2 dozen coals per side)
20 replacement coals
Heavy-duty drip pan set between banks of charcoal
Clean, oiled grate on medium setting
Wood:
Indirect heat, medium ash
12-by-12-inch bed, 3 inches deep
Clean, oiled grate set 4 inches above the fire.

INGREDIENTS (MAKES 4 SERVINGS)
2 racks ribs, about 4 pounds, St. Louis cut spareribs or baby back ribs
2½ cups Cumin, Coriander, and Lime Brine
Oil for coating grill grate
1/3 cup Lime-Cilantro Butter.

DIRECTIONS
1. Cut the racks in half. Put them in a gallon-size zipper-lock bag with the brine. Seal the zipper, leaving about an inch open; push on the bag to release any trapped air through the opening, and close the zipper completely. Massage the liquid gently into the meat and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours.
2. Heat the grill as directed.
3. Brush the grill grate and coat it with oil. Put the ribs on the grill away from the heat, cover the grill, and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ribs registers about 155°F, about 1 hour. If your grill has a temperature gauge, it should stay at around 350°F.
4. When the ribs are done, brush them with half of the lime-cilantro butter, turn, and brush with the rest of the butter.
5. Remove the ribs to a large platter, cut into 1- or 2-rib sections, and serve.

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