- 7 pounds pork spareribs, trimmed of excess fat
- 8 medium scallions, coarsely chopped
- 8 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 3 Scotch bonnet chiles with some of their seeds, coarsely chopped
- 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground allspice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
How to make this recipe
In a large pot of boiling water, cook the spareribs over moderate heat for 25 minutes. Drain and let cool.
In a food processor, combine the chopped scallions with the garlic, chiles, onion, vegetable oil, soy sauce, Chinese five-spice powder, ground allspice, lime juice, salt and pepper and process the mixture to a paste.
Set the spareribs on 2 large rimmed baking sheets and spread the jerk paste all over them. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bring to room temperature before grilling.
Light a grill. Grill the spareribs over a medium-hot fire, turning them frequently if they are browning too fast, until lightly charred and crisp, about 25 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut in between the ribs, arrange on a platter and serve.
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