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Pibil-Style Pork Ribs

Makes: 10 to 12 servings
Prep 35 mins Slow Cook 8 hrs to 9 hrs  (low) or 4 to 4-1/2 hours (high)
Pibil-Style Pork Ribs
  • 2  tablespoons  achiote seeds
  • 2  teaspoons  cumin seeds
  • 1  teaspoon  whole black peppercorns
  • 1  teaspoon  coriander seeds
  • 1  teaspoon  brown mustard seeds
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 4  whole allspice
  • 3  whole cloves
  • 1  bay leaf, crumbled
  • 2  limes
  • 2  oranges
  • 1/4  cup  white vinegar
  • 3  fresh jalapeno peppers, halved, seeded (if desired), and coarsely chopped*
  • 2  tablespoons  tequila
  • 8  cloves  garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1  tablespoon  sea salt
  • 5  pounds  boneless pork country-style ribs
  • 2  large  onions, cut into wedges
  •  Banana leaves (optional)
  •  Hot cooked long grain rice
  •  Lime wedges
  •  Snipped fresh cilantro

1. In a spice grinder combine achiote seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, oregano, allspice, cloves, and bay leaf. Cover and process until finely ground; set aside.

2. Using a vegetable peeler, remove one strip (each from) one of the limes and one of the oranges, avoiding the bitter white pith underneath. Coarsely chop the peel (you should have about 1-1/2 tablespoons); place in a blender. Squeeze the juice from limes and oranges. (You should have 6 tablespoons lime juice and 2/3 cup orange juice.) Place juices in a blender; add vinegar, jalapeno peppers, tequila, garlic, and salt. Cover and blend until smooth.

3. In a large bowl combine ribs and onion wedges. Add the jalapeno mixture and the spice mixture. Toss to coat.

4. If desired, line a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with one or two layers of banana leaves, allowing some leaves to hang over the edge of the cooker. Place the rib mixture inside the banana leaves. Fold the edges of the banana leaves over the pork.

5. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 4-1/2 hours.

6. Transfer the ribs to a platter. If desired, use some of the banana leaves to line a serving platter; transfer ribs to lined platter. Discard the remaining banana leaves. Drizzle the ribs with some of the cooking juices. Serve with hot cooked rice, lime wedges, and cilantro.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Because hot chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands well with soap and warm water.
Nutrition Facts (Pibil-Style Pork Ribs)
  • Servings Per Recipe 10,
  • cal. (kcal) 428,
  • Fat, total (g) 17,
  • chol. (mg) 108,
  • sat. fat (g) 6,
  • carb. (g) 32,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 8,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 32,
  • vit. A (IU) 243,
  • vit. C (mg) 25,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 6,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 65,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 579,
  • Potassium (mg) 667,
  • calcium (mg) 91,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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