I’ve also been collaborating with Trish who owns ‘The Mystic Blue Spice Company’ in Arizona. She’s got some unique spice combinations, and, of course, my Bohemian culinary spirit adores incorporating other ethnic cuisine, ingredients, spices, techniques, etc., into my everyday recipes. So, I got some ‘Berbere’ spice from Trish…know anything about it? No? Read on…but, first, take a gander at these couture ribs!
Berbere (Amharic: በርበሬ berberē, Tigrinya: በርበረ berbere) is a spice mixture, whose ingredients usually include chili peppers, garlic, ginger, dried basil, korarima, rue, white and black pepper and fenugreek. It is a key ingredient in the cuisines of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Berberé is made from a cupboard-full of herbs and spices, fresh-ground, pan-roasted, and then packed into jars for storage. Among Ethiopian cooks there are many variations of which spices and what amounts. (In the recipe below, ingredients marked “optional” seem to be the least common.) Basic berberé is made by combining roughly equal amounts of allspice, cardamom, cloves, fenugreek, ginger, black pepper, and salt with a much larger amount of hot red (cayenne) pepper. The combination of fenugreek and red pepper is essential to berberé; while one or two of the other ingredients may be left out, the fenugreek and red pepper are must-haves. Milder berberé can be made by substituting paprika for some or most of the red pepper. Berberé is sometimes made as a dry spice mix, and is sometimes made with oil or water to form a paste.
Source: Congo Cookbook
What you need:
3 tbl berbere
½ tsp hot paprika
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 ½ to 2 lb ribs
BBQ Sauce (your favorite store purchased)
What you do:
In a small bowl, mix together the berbere, paprika salt and pepper. Rub on both sides of the ribs. Wrap ribs in foil or paper (brown grocery store bag) and refrigerate for about 6 hours. Remove and let them come to rest at room temperature for about 30-45 minutes. Slather on top your favorite BBQ sauce and grill at a medium low temperature until done. The individual ribs will pull away from the bone without much effort. Let rest about 10 minutes and serve with more BBQ sauce if you like.
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