Brazilian Pork Ribs and Spiced Sweet Potato Fries (Paleo and Primal)

Brazilian Pork Ribs

I usually make pork ribs with THIS RECIPE, but tonight I felt like something a little different.  I found a few recipes for this style of ribs, but all of them had a few ingredients that I’m not entirely fond of, so I took the basic ingredients and added a few changes to suit my tastes.  It turned out really well (which is always a good thing…sometimes my substitutions don’t turn out quite like I envisioned)!  The marinade is really easy to make–you just whip it all up in the blender or food processor.  Pour it on the ribs, let it marinate for an hour, and bake them.  All in all, they are super easy to make!

The sweet potato fries were equally easy to make (well, except the cutting–personally, I hate cutting sweet potatoes because I never have a knife long enough and broad enough to easily handle the potato without having to rock back and forth).  These are my favorite sweet potato fries to make because of the combination of sweet, savory, and a little heat.  I don’t make them very often, though, because I have such a long list of side dishes to try LOL!

Brazilian Pork Ribs

Serves 4

3/4 C apple cider vinegar

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp salt PER POUND of pork

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp Worcestershire

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

4 pounds pork ribs

olive oil (to brush)

raw honey

 

1.- Blend everything from cider vinegar to smoked paprika in a blender or food process until all ingredients are integrated.  Put the ribs in a roasting pan and pour the marinade over top of them.  Let them marinate at room temperature for an hour.

2.- Preheat the oven to 350.  Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and then top with roasting pan lid.  Cook for 25 to 30 minutes per pound (for 4 pounds of ribs, this would be an hour and 45 minute to two hours).  Spoon out any leftover drippings and reserve in a bowl.

3.- Increase oven temperature to 425.  Brush tops of ribs with olive oil.  Drizzle honey (if wanted) over oil.  Leave pan uncovered and roast 15-30 minutes.  Brush ribs with reserved marinade, let rest for 10 minutes, and serve in desired portions.

 

Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

3  large sweet potatoes, cleaned and peeled

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp thyme

1 Tbsp salt

 

1.- Preheat oven to 425.  Cut sweet potatoes in half and each half into fries.  Don’t make them too thick or they’ll get soggy.  Soak them in a bowl of cold water for 15-20 minutes.

2.- Drain water off fries and put into a large bowl.  Pour everything but salt into the bowl and toss well to distribute spices.  Place on a rimmed baking sheet without overlapping any of the fries.

3.- Bake for 25-30 minutes (until they’re getting crispy).  Remove from oven, season with salt, and serve.

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