© Quentin Bacon
Active Time
1 HR 15 MIN
Total Time
2 HR 15 MIN
Yield
Serves : 8 first-course servings

Bar Juanito in Jerez de la Frontera is famed for its Costillas de Cerdo en Adobo. Jerez is a center of sherry production, so it's no surprise that the succulent pork gets its tanginess from sherry vinegar. Plus: More Pork Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a food processor, puree the garlic, paprika, cumin, oregano and 1/3 cup of the vinegar until smooth. Add the remaining 1 cup of vinegar; process until blended.

Step 2    

Heat 1/3 cup of the olive oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned, about 13 minutes. Transfer the pork to a platter.

Step 3    

Add the remaining 2/3 cup of olive oil and heat until shimmering. Season the ribs with salt and pepper and add half of them to the casserole in a single layer. Cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add them to the pork and brown the remaining ribs. Do not pour off the oil.

Step 4    

Return all of the meat to the casserole and season with salt and pepper. Add the vinegar mixture and enough water to cover the meat and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until very tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Match the succulence of the pork and tanginess of the vinegar with a juicy young red that has a hint of spice. Look for a Spanish Tempranillo-Cabarnet blend.

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