Spiced Pork Spare Ribs

(Can be made with chicken, but is not so flavoursome)

Spiced Pork Spare Ribs

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes (4-5 hours if using slow cooker)
Serves 4


4 x pork spare ribs chops or shoulder steaks (much more flavour than loin chops)
1 x onion, peeled and diced
1 x clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
4 x button mushrooms, sliced
1 x red pepper, deseeded and diced
2 x tbsp tomato purée
2 x tbsp vinegar
1 x tbsp honey
¼ pint/140ml x stock made from chicken stock cube
Good pinch of chilli powder
Good pinch oregano
Olive oil for frying


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the pork and fry for 5 minutes, turning occasionally.
  3. While pork is frying, make up 1/4 pint stock using boiling water in a jug. To this add the purée, vinegar, oregano, chilli powder and honey and stir well till honey dissolves.
  4. Remove pork and keep warm.
  5. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms and red pepper to the pan and fry for 5 minutes or until onions are soft and pale golden.
  6. Return pork to pan and pour over the stock mixture.
  7. Stir carefully, cover and simmer on a gentle heat for further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally or place in a slow cooker on low for 4-5 hours after which the meat will fall off the bone.
  8. Check seasoning and remove bones if required.
  9. Serve immediately on a bed of boiled rice.