Grilled Spareribs with Pedro Ximénez Vinegar

Chef Seamus Mullen loves cooking his ribs on a grill, the Spanish way, which adds an extra layer of smokiness to the meat. At Tertulia, he uses ribs from Iberian pigs that eat only acorns. "The meat isn't cheap, but it's worth every peseta," says Mullen.

Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced thyme

  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary

  • 1 rack of pork spareribs (2 1/2 pounds)

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 cup Pedro Ximénez vinegar or sherry vinegar


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil with the garlic, thyme and rosemary. Set the spareribs in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Rub the garlic mixture all over the ribs and cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

  2. In a small saucepan, simmer the vinegar over moderately low heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 8 minutes.

  3. Light a grill or preheat the broiler. Grill the ribs over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Brush the ribs with some of the reduced vinegar and grill, turning, until nicely glazed, about 5 minutes longer. Cut the ribs between the bones, transfer to a platter and serve.

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