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Honey Garlic Spare Ribs
3 lbs pork spare ribs
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons vinegar
5 medium garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Season spare ribs with garlic salt. Place in slow cooker. Combine other ingredients and pour over ribs. Cook on low for 6 hours or until tender.
Some general comments about this recipe:
Soy Sauce: Made from fermented soy beans (duh), grains and brine (salt) , there are 'hundreds and hundreds' of varieties of soy sauce. I find most of the soy sauce I use is salty, so if you're on a low sodium diet, you'll have to take this into consideration in some of these recipes. I'll not add any additional salt when I use soy sauce. If you don't have any soy sauce on hand, the 'best' substitute seems to be 4 tablespoons of Worchestershire sauce mixed with 1 tablespoon of water for every 1/2 cup of soy sauce you need.
Honey: Made by honey bees from flower nectar. Basically a bunch of bees get together and they all barf, sorry, I should say regurgitate the flower nectar a couple of times and it makes honey. Honey is a food source for the bees, but humans collect it and we do all kinds of things with it. And we've been doing that for at least 8,000 years. Most of the honey that we collect is used as a sweetener. It's used in making mead (honey wine or honey beer). I've tried mead. Didn't rush back for a fifth or sixth helping. Honey is a very complex and interesting topic. You should read up on it. If you have an infant, it's not recommended. Don't have any honey? Substitute 3/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff) plus 1/4 cup white sugar for every cup of honey needed. There are other substitutes, but this one is probably the nicest.
Spare Ribs: Also called side ribs or spareribs. Cheapest cut of pork and beef ribs. Cut from the lower portion of a pig or a cow (the belly and breastbone), includes 11 to 13 long bones with a covering of meat on top of the bones as well as between them. Pork spare ribs are popular in Chinese and American Chinese cuisine. Spare ribs are also popular with the home barbecue expert. Lots of effort required to eat them. I'm not sure what to suggest as a substitute that would be acceptable. So you'll have to decide for yourself.
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