Bourbon-glazed sticky ribs with coleslaw and baked potatoes


For the ribs
  • 1.5kg/3lb 5oz beef fore ribs
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 small bunch fresh flatleaf parsley, leaves only
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
For the bourbon sauce
  • 175g/6oz tomato ketchup
  • 150g/5oz chipotle chilli ketchup
  • 110ml/4fl oz dark soy sauce
  • 175g/6oz clear honey
  • 4 tbsp ready-made teriyaki sauce
  • 4 tbsp bourbon whiskey
For the coleslaw
  • 2 free-range egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • pinch salt
  • 200ml/7fl oz rapeseed oil
  • 90ml/3½fl oz olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 250g/9oz carrots, finely shredded on a mandoline
  • 300g/11oz white cabbage, finely shredded on a mandoline
  • 1 sweet white onion, finely sliced
For the baked potatoes
  • 4 large baking potatoes, washed and pricked all over with a fork
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Maldon sea salt
To serve
  • 250ml/9fl oz soured cream
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh curly parsley leaves

Preparation method

  1. For the ribs, place the beef fore ribs, peppercorns, bay leaves, flatleaf parsley, onion and carrot into a large pan. Cover with water and bring to the boil.

  2. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering.

  3. Simmer for 1½ hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

  4. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  5. Meanwhile, for the bourbon sauce, place the tomato ketchup, chilli ketchup, soy sauce, honey, teriyaki sauce and bourbon into a separate pan, stir well and bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer for 1-2 minutes, then remove from the heat.

  6. When the ribs have simmered for 1½ hours, dip them into the bourbon sauce, then place them onto a roasting tray, reserving the remaining sauce. Roast in the oven for 10-12 minutes, then spoon over more of the bourbon sauce. Continue to roast for a further 10-12 minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside on a warm plate.

  7. For the coleslaw, blend the egg yolks, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt in a food processor until smooth and well combined.

  8. With the food processor motor still running, gradually pour in the rapeseed oil and the olive oil in a thin stream until the mixture thickens to the consistency of thick mayonnaise. (You may not need all of both oils.)

  9. Transfer the mayonnaise mixture to a clean bowl. Gradually add the cold water and lemon juice in a thin stream, whisking continuously. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  10. Place the carrots, cabbage and onion into a large mixing bowl and add enough mayonnaise to coat the vegetables. Stir until well combined and set aside.

  11. For the baked potatoes, rub the baking potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle over the salt.

  12. Place the potatoes onto the top shelf of the oven and bake for one hour, or until tender (allow more time for larger potatoes).

  13. To serve, divide the sticky ribs among four serving plates and spoon a portion of coleslaw alongside. Split the potatoes in half and place one onto each plate. Top with a spoonful of soured cream and garnish with the chopped curly parsley.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen Best Bites

Less than 30 mins preparation time

Over 2 hours cooking time

Serves 4

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