Crispy Deep-Fried Ribs
One reason these deep-fried ribs are so impossibly good? They're oven-braised for hours in flavorful mixture that includes plenty of garlic, ginger, orange zest, and soy sauce, along with orange zest and an inspired addition: ginger ale. Once the ribs become meltingly tender, they're deep-fried so they're supercrisp. Once they're done, toss them in a sticky-sweet sauce spiked with ketchup and scallions and be sure to set out plenty of napkins. Slideshow: More Fried Foods
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The recipe can be prepared through Step 3; refrigerate the ribs and sauce separately for up to 2 days.
Cocktail Match Cosmopolitan with a splash of watermelon juice.
Zinfandel, with its voluptuous berry-driven flavor and modest tannins, makes a nice match for these equally over-the-top ribs. While the greatest Zinfandels are often single-vineyard wines from ancient vines, some moderately priced California Zins instead gain complexity by blending fruit from different regions.