These ribs are inspired by the recipe in Laurie Colwin’s book, Home Cooking. She describes them as “crisp and tender, salty, sweet, oily but not greasy and very garlicky.” I agree.
Serves 6 to 8.
1 cup soy sauce
½ cup olive oil
½ cup honey or brown sugar
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
8 garlic cloves, minced
3 slabs baby back ribs (6 to 7 pounds), each slab cut in half
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 scallions, chopped
1. Place the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, lemon zest and juice, and garlic in a small bowl and mix well. Place the ribs in a large glass or ceramic bowl, or in a resealable plastic bag, add the soy mixture, and mix well. Cover or seal, and refrigerate at least overnight and up to 2 days. Turn occasionally. (The ribs can be frozen up to 3 months.)
2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
3. Place the ribs, meat side up, in a large baking pan, discarding the leftover marinade. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and cook for 3 to 4 hours, or until cooked throughout and brown and crusty.
4. Drain off any fat and serve immediately, garnished with the scallions.
From Warehouse to Your House: More than 250 Simple, Spectacular Recipes to Cook, Store, and Share When You Buy in Quantity (Simon & Schuster, 2006)