In the book Jared makes beef ribs with watermelon which are smoked. I am sadly not into smoking - I wish I was but have never had time to investigate this process properly. It is on my list of things to learn! Instead I adapted the recipe and made pork ribs roasted in the oven. Although I am sure that by smoking the flavour of these ribs would be even better, there were nevertheless delicious and you could actually taste the watermelon! Fruity and juicy - we will definitely be making these again!
Watermelon Pork Ribs
flesh of half watermelon, seeds removed and crushed with a fork
3 dried chillies, crushed
1 tsp ground allspice
1 stick cinnamon
3 tbsp pomegraneate molasses
4 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
2 bay leaves
2 tomatoes, seeds removed and finely chopped
2 tbsp brown sugar
16 pork ribs
1 inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
Place all the ingredients except the ribs into a large bowl and mix well. Add the ribs and leave to marinade over night. Remove the ribs from the marinade and place with a roasting tin with a drizzle of olive oil and bake in a hot oven for 2 hours, the turn the heat down and cook for a further 30 minutes until the ribs are cooked through. Baste often with the marinade whilst cooking. These would be equally good on the BBQ.