Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jumbo Sausages & Pork Ribs with a Quick Barbecue Sauce and a tomato relish

These jumbo sausages and spare ribs are ideal for the barbecue if we get a bit of Indian summer, or they can be grilled in the kitchen.

Organic pork is available from specialist butchers such as O'Tooles of Terenure, Dublin 6W (0)1 490 5457;, from farmers' markets and direct from producers, either from the farmgate or through their online shops.

Suppliers can be accessed through 'The Organic Guide to Ireland' (; search for a list online, or get the book from The Organic Centre ( Rossivnver, Co Leitrim €12.85 incl P&P. These ribs and the sausages are par-boiled before barbecueing, this will reduce the fat and ensure that they are fully cooked.

Serves 4-8, depending on appetite and what else is offered

You will need

1kg/2lb organic pork ribs

8 organic jumbo sausages

Quick Barbecue Sauce:

4 tbsp/60ml tomato ketchup

1 tbsp/15ml honey

1 tbsp/15ml wine vinegar

1 tbsp/15ml Worcestershire sauce

dash of Tabasco

salt and pepper


In advance of cooking, boil the ribs in a large pan of boiling water for 10 minutes.

You can flavour the liquid with sliced onion and half a teaspoon of five-spice powder if you wish. Similarly, simmer the sausages for 2-3 minutes in boiling water.

Drain the ribs and sausages, and leave in the fridge until ready. To make the barbecue sauce: Put all of the sauce ingredients into a jug and mix together well.

(Hint: heat the spoon in hot water before measuring out the honey.) Set aside until required.

Prepare the barbecue or preheat the grill. Cook the ribs for 6-7 minutes on each side. Brush a little of the sauce over the ribs towards the end of the cooking time. Cook the sausages for 5-6 minutes on each side.

Serve with grilled vegetables and/or salad.

If you need more sauce, in addition to the barbecue sauce, you could make this relish.

Tomato Relish

1lb/450g fresh organic tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or a 400g can organic chopped tomatoes,

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp wine vinegar

1 chilli, chopped

1 tbsp fish /soy sauce

In a small pan, simmer all the ingredients over a low heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring every now and then.

Taste for seasoning.

Irish Independent

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