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Honey Agrodolce Ribs

Honey agrodolce ribs get a punchy sauce laced with aromatic rosemary and jalapeno heat. Leave the seeds in for an added kick.

Chef Peter Long
Maxime’s Restaurant

Agrodolce sauce
1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup sugar, caramelized
2 shallots, caramelized
1 1/2 cups Manitoba creamed honey
2/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp roasted garlic puree
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary, stem removed

Rub for ribs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cumin seed, toasted
1 Tbsp coriander
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed chiles
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tbsp ground coffee beans
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 16 oz pork back ribs, membrane removed
Rub for ribs
2 12 oz bottles of Indian Pale Ale
Agrodolce sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste

Honey lemon roasted potatoes
2 lemons, zest and juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp agrodolce sauce
2 lb yellow creamer potatoes

Honey garlic Swiss chard
1 lb Swiss chard
1/2 lb rhubarb stalks
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup arugula
1/2 orange, zest
1 Tbsp roasted garlic puree
2 Tbsp agrodolce sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup white wine

Agrodolce sauce

  1. In a saucepan, saute the jalapeno in olive oil on medium heat until soft.
  2. Reduce heat. Add caramelized sugar and shallots.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature.
  5. In a food processor, puree mixture until it resembles a sticky glaze.

Rub for ribs

  1. In a food processor, blend all ingredients into a paste.


  1. Apply rubs to ribs generously. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. In a 2″ deep roasting pan, pour in beer, then place ribs meaty side up.
  3. Cover with tin foil. Bake at 300°F for 90 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven. Let sit, covered, for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove ribs from pan and baste with agrodolce sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. On a grill heated to 350°F, barbeque ribs for 10 minutes per side, until the agrodolce has caramelized.

Honey lemon roasted potatoes

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except for potatoes.
  2. Mix in potatoes. Place on a roasting pan and cover with tin foil. Bake for 45 minutes at 350°F.

Honey garlic Swiss chard

  1. In a large pot, steam Swiss chard and rhubarb stalks for 5-8 minutes.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat oil. Add steamed chard and rhubarb, arugula, orange zest and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add agrodolce. Season with salt and pepper, and deglaze pan with wine.

Yield 4 servings honey agrodolce ribs


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