Baby Got Rack: 9 Pork Rib Recipes

March  9, 2015

Pork ribs beckon for the good things in life: rich flavor, perfect texture, a glass of red wine. Versatile not only in taste but also preparation, they can be eaten gleefully by hand (re: messy and saucy and hey don’t judge us) or as the heart of your next dinner party.

Do you prefer an unfussy bone-in rack? Pick up some babybacks to showcase their tenderness. Looking for something that begs to absorb its surroundings, perhaps for a stew? Try country style spare ribs (they have a good combination of light and dark meat). Regular spare ribs are ideal for any dish that requires braising. Whether you are cooking for a party of one or a whole table of hungry piglets, pork ribs are the little luxury we all need sometimes.

In celebration of our annual Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, here are nine pork rib dishes to stick to your ribs:

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Warming Red Pozole by monkeymom


Huevos Rancheros (Country-Style Eggs Topped with Pork and Green Chile) by cookinginvictoria


Chinese Style Honey Hoisin Sticky Ribs by thirschfeld


Salt & Pepper Babyback Ribs by lisina


Diana Kennedy's Carnitas by Genius Recipes


Asian Dry Rub Baby Back Pork Ribs by cucina di mammina


Chinese Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Kale and Apple Slaw by vvvanessa


Seriously Delicious Ribs by Jennifer Perillo


Ian Knauer’s Sticky Balsamic Ribs by Genius Recipes

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I love oysters and unfussy sandwiches.


cucina D. March 10, 2015
Thanks SO much for this wonderful article and for featuring my Asian Dry Rub Ribs. My famiglia loves this easy weeknight go-to recipe, they ask for it every week :)
grazie tante, love being a part of the FOOD52 famiglia.
dymnyno March 9, 2015
These are all making me mighty hungry!!!