Bizarro Riblets

One of my favorite shows to watch is Portlandia.  Portlandia is a sketch comedy show staring Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen along with Carrie Brownstein.  They play all sorts of characters.  It is a pretty funny, yet out there, kind of bizarre show.  I was really excited when my friend Jen got me “The Portlandia Cookbook” by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein with Jonathan Krisel for Christmas.

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[/span4][span8] The recipe I had tagged was based off the character Garmin. Garmin describes himself as a little guy as his catchphrase says “I’m a little guy. My hands are little. My features are small. I’m a little guy.” The recipe was for Garmin’s Crispy Pork Riblets. (I guess Garmin’s little hands can’t handle whole ribs)
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smells great btw!
smells great btw!
[/span4][span8] For the riblets I had to purchase spare ribs and have my butcher cut them in half lengthwise. I put the ribs in a dutch oven along with garlic, onion, jalapeno pepper, lemongrass, ginger, chicken broth, soy sauce and water. I brought it too a boil.
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After it began to boil I covered the dutch oven and placed it in the oven and let it braise for an hour and half – when the meat was tender but the ribs weren’t quite falling off the bones yet.  I reserved some of the braising liquid to use for the sauce.  I removed the ribs from the dutch oven and put them in the fridge until the next day.

The next day I made the sauce.  To do this I processed orange marmalade, the reserved braising liquid, ketchup, mustard, sesame oil, and fish sauce in my food processor.  Then I transferred it to a pot and let it heat over low heat, stirring occasionally while I prepared the ribs.

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[/span4][span8] I cut the rib slabs into individual ribs and I tossed the ribs in flour and cornstarch.
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[/span4][span8] Then I fried the ribs (in batches) for about 6 minutes until they began to brown.
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[/span4][span8] The ribs were then drained and tossed in the sauce. They were then sprinkled with salt and red pepper flakes ready to be served.
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The Verdict:  The sauce was kind of bizarre (kind of like Portlandia).  Matt couldn’t quite understand the sauce and couldn’t figure out the sauce.  The riblets were all eaten up and I am pretty sure they were enjoyed but it was pretty much decided that if there is a next time for these (which I am not sure there will be because there was quite a of work involved) the sauce would have to be different.  If you want to try these riblets out (feel free to make your own sauce – or make this one and let me know your thoughts on it) you can grab the recipe here.  And check out Portlandia!  And if you have let me know your favorite characters.

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