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Barbecue Pork Ribs, Highland Park style

  • This Recipe
  • Cuisine: American Cuisine
  • Course: Barbecue, Main Dish, Meat
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Category: Course
  • Yield: 2 Kg de Travers de Porc (Ribs)
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 H

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A delicious recipe for BBQ Pork ribs, from a great restaurant in Highland Park, California 

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Source of the recipe

This recipe is one of my favorites. My friends keep asking me for it, even the ones who do not usually like ribs !
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I usually make large batches of marinade in late springtime, freeze it, and use it throughout the summer
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Highland Park

A recipe that I got from a restaurant in Highland Park, California, an historic neighborhood of Los Angeles. Did you know that the main road is... Route 66 ?

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Some historical houses have been preserved, and some have even turned into museums

Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St
Los Angeles, CA 90031

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The population has changed and has now a lot of spanish/mexican influence, including in the local cuisine


Are these Asian workers ? I'd love to understand this painting as well

Livermore St
Highland Park, CA

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A local market with a beautiful paintings

Figueroa Ave
Highland Park, CA

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We can see the Aztec Gods providing food, and a Mexican woman rolling her Corn Dough. Ancient Aztecs had developed the process of Nixtamalization, which helps them to compensate with deficiency in free niacin, a key ingredient for their (and our) survival. Amazing how advanced their civilization was !!

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This is the popular "Chicken Boy", a landmark statue. Highland Park is now a gathering place for hipsters

5558 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles
CA 90042


Here on this mural, President Roosevelt who studied at local Occidental College

Angle de l'avenue 56 et Meridian Street
Highland Park, CA

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And here, the painter William Lees Judson who settled on the banks of the Arroyo Seco

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BBQ Pork Ribs

With 2 kg (4 lbs 7 oz ) of meat



4 lbs 7 oz Pork Ribs (2 kilograms)


6 Garlic Cloves

1 teaspoon of Chile powder (or Espelette)

2 teaspoons of Powdered Ginger

1 teaspoon of Paprika

⅓ Cup Brown Sugar (70 grams)

1 teaspoon of Turmeric

2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (30 grams)

½ Cup Honey (200 grams)

1 Cup Ketchup (300 grams)

½ Cup Soy Sauce (120 grams)

⅓ Cup Whiskey (70 grams)

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (40 grams)

1 tablespoon of Chipotle


With 1.5 kg (3 lbs 5 oz ) of meat



3 lbs 5 oz Pork Ribs (1.5 kilograms)


4.5 Garlic Cloves

¾ teaspoon of Chile powder (or Espelette)

1 ½ teaspoons of Powdered Ginger

¾ teaspoon of Paprika

¼ Cup Brown Sugar (52.5 grams)

¾ teaspoon of Turmeric

2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (22.5 grams)

½ Cup Honey (150 grams)

¾ Cup Ketchup (225 grams)

⅓ Cup Soy Sauce (90 grams)

4 Tablespoons Whiskey (52.5 grams)

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (30 grams)

¾ tablespoon of Chipotle


With 1 kg (2 ¼ lbs ) of meat



2 ¼ lbs Pork Ribs (1 kilogram)


3 Garlic Cloves

½ teaspoon of Chile powder (or Espelette)

1 teaspoon of Powdered Ginger

½ teaspoon of Paprika

3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (35 grams)

½ teaspoon of Turmeric

1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar (15 grams)

⅓ Cup Honey (100 grams)

½ Cup Ketchup (150 grams)

¼ Cup Soy Sauce (60 grams)

2 Tablespoons Whiskey (35 grams)

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (20 grams)

½ tablespoon of Chipotle


You will need...


1. Take a stockpot, pour water and bring to a boil. If the ribs are too long, cut them in half

2. After bringing to a boil, reduce to a simmer and add the

Pork Ribs

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3. You want to keep the water at a simmer,

on low heat

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The Barbecue Sauce

4. In a mixing bowl, add: the


(½ Cup or 200 g), the

Balsamic Vinegar

(2 Tablespoons or 30 g), the

Soy Sauce

(½ Cup or 120 g), the


(1 Cup or 300 g), the

Brown Sugar

(⅓ Cup or 70 g), the

Garlic Cloves

(6) that you must dice and the


(1 tablespoon) that you can mash with a fork
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What are Chipotle Peppers ?

If you don't know


, just remember it's the same pepper as Jalapeño, dried and smoked

Though it's not as hot as the green Jalapeño, you need to add only a little bit...

... unless you are interested in traveling to the moon without a SpaceX rocket

You will find Chipotle easily in America, but not so easily in European markets

But if you can't find any, Internet can come to the rescue : To purchase online, see HERE
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5. Add in the spices : the

Powdered Ginger

(2 teaspoons), the


(1 teaspoon), the


(1 teaspoon) and the

Chile powder (or Espelette)

(1 teaspoon)

6. Pour in the

Worcestershire Sauce

(2 Tablespoons or 40 g)
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7. Pour in the


(⅓ Cup or 70 g)

8. You have your sauce !

9.  You may store it in a ziploc in the fridge
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10.  After

1 hour


1 hour 45 minutes

, check the meat : The meat should be fork tender

11. Strain the meat and let it cool down for

15 minutes

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12. Mix the meat and sauce in a large mixing bowl

13.  Marinate the meat for at least

4 hours

, but overnight ideally
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14. Preheat the barbecue on high heat, place a tray (for the juices) and the meat above

15. You may also cook in the oven
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16. Brush the meat several times until the end (

10 minutes

). You'll end up with perfectly juicy meat and a nice crisp, sizzling crust.
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17. Cooking time varies, but shouldn't take more than

10/20 minutes

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18. You may use a bit of


, in that case choose

Sesame Oil

19.  In fact, I use a barbecue griddle that makes it easier to keep my barbecue clean. Most griddles go to the dishwasher


Such a wonderful BBQ pork recipe... Bon appétit !!

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4 lbs 7 oz Pork Ribs (2 kg)

6 Garlic Cloves

1 teaspoon of Chile powder (or Espelette)

2 teaspoons of Powdered Ginger

1 teaspoon of Paprika

⅓ Cup Brown Sugar (70 g)

1 teaspoon of Turmeric

2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (30 g)

½ Cup Honey (200 g)

1 Cup Ketchup (300 g)

½ Cup Soy Sauce (120 g)

⅓ Cup Whiskey (70 g)

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (40 g)

1 tablespoon of Chipotle