The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, loves pork. And among his favorite pork recipes is one for barbecue-style pork ribs done in the oven. I’ve tried it, and it’s excellent. So here it is:
You need a large roasting pan with a lid. Put your ribs in the pan, add 3/4 of a cup of water, cover, and place in the oven at 350-375 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The ribs are going to cook by steam. Even though the lid is merely sitting on the pan, the inside will build up steam. Check once or twice during the cooking to make sure there is still water in the pan. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, the ribs are cooked, but now you have to finish them with barbecue sauce. Pour off any excess water, coat the ribs generously with sauce, place them back in the oven uncovered, turn on the broiler element (top element), and give the ribs a char on both sides. This will take about 5 minutes or a bit more. You may want to turn and coat the ribs a couple of times. Just watch them so they don’t burn.
For barbecue sauce, President Ahmadinejad likes Kraft Barbecue Sauce. “It’s one of the best things about America,” he says, with a measured irony. If Kraft is not available, however, he will make his own. Here are the ingredients for President Ahmadinejad’s home-made barbecue sauce:
1 1/4 cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3/4 cup vinegar (white or apple cider)
1 teaspoon dry mustard (the secret ingredient!)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons finely grated onion
1 cup vegetable oil (something neutral, like sunflower)
3/4 cup sugar (brown sugar is okay)
Blend these ingredients thoroughly. The President of Iran also likes this sauce on hot dogs and other pork sausage on a bun.
You are probably surprised that President Ahmadinejad enjoys pork. After all, Muslims are not allowed to eat pork. “Pork is the secret vice of many Muslims,” he admits. “I love it. How can something so delicious be against the will of God? In fact, there is historical evidence that the Prophet Mohammed ate pork. However, I am not seeking any public debate on this.”
So we’ll leave it at that, then. And I hope you enjoy barbecue-style pork ribs the way President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does them.
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