Tomatillo-Chipotle-Glazed Country Ribs

The perfect balance on Rick Bayless' plate is these hot and tangy ribs, a green salad and a spoonful of Mexican beans. Bayless loves meaty country ribs—which are not really ribs, but chops from the loin; you can use spareribs or baby back ribs if you prefer.

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  • Servings: 4-6


  • 6 dried guajillo or Anaheim chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 cups Roasted Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa
  • 3 pounds pork country ribs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Romaine lettuce leaves, for serving
  • sliced radishes and fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Heat a dry griddle or heavy skillet over moderate heat. Add 2 of the chiles, opening them flat on the hot surface. Toast, pressing down, until they start to crackle. Turn and toast the other side, then transfer to a blender. Toast the remaining chiles and add them to the blender along with the Roasted Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa. Blend until smooth, scraping the sides. Pass the puree through a medium strainer into a bowl.

  2. In a large bowl, smear the ribs with half of the chile mixture, then cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. In another bowl, mix the remaining chile mixture with the honey; cover and refrigerate.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325°. Spread the ribs and marinade in a single layer in a baking dish. Drizzle 1/4 cup of water around them, cover with foil and roast for 1 1/2 hours. uncover and bake for about 15 minutes longer, or until tender. Discard the pan juices.

  4. Raise the oven temperature to 350°. Brush the ribs generously with the chile-honey sauce. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the ribs are glazed and a little crusty.

  5. Line a serving platter with the romaine and pile the ribs on top. Garnish with the radishes and cilantro and dig in; pass around any remaining chile-honey sauce.

Make Ahead

The chile mixture can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Suggested Pairing

Go for an Australian red with lots of up-front flavor. Consider the Geoff Merrill Owen's Estate Shiraz.

Contributed By Published November 1996

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