Sometimes you see spare ribs at the store and because you do not know how to cook them, you avoid them.
WARNING: This recipe is not for vegetarians!!!
Next time you go to the butcher or grocery store pick up a package.
Once at home, do the following:
Find a rectangular baking tray.
Cut 2 Potatoes in halves or quarters.
Cut 2 Onions in halves or quarters.
Slice 2 Celery stalks length-wise into 3-inch pieces
Carefully Cut 2 Carrots length-wise into 3-inch pieces.
Wash the Spare Ribs and place on the rectangular baking tray.
Surround and cover with the vegetables.
Pour 1 bottle of Kraft BBQ Original Sauce with Garlic Flavour, half a cup of
Mr. Goudas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mr. Goudas Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
Pour enough water to cover all ingredients.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven at 400 degrees for approximately 1hour and 30 minutes.
Carefully lift the edge of the foil.
Should the water be evaporated, your Spare Ribs are ready.
At that moment, remove the foil and turn oven indicator to broil to achieve colour (a minute or two).
Remove tray from oven.
This is the end of the story or so I thought.
Well, I have been cooking my Spare Ribs like this for years and I was quite happy with the final outcome, that is until, my assistant on this recipe, Sarah Dragon, (shown in the photo) surprised me with the same dish.
The meat was much softer, almost falling off the bones.
I questioned her as to how she did it.
She said, "Mr Goudas, in your instructions the meat was on the bottom, and the vegetable on the top.
The difference in my recipe is that I placed the vegetables on the bottom, and the Spare Ribs on the top.
This allowed the steam to cook the meat, not the water."
I told her that I was very proud of her and that when she finally opens a restaurant.
I would be a regular patron to admire her abilities in creation and presentation of the finest dishes I have ever tasted.
You may see Sarah Dragon in the picture with a million dollar smile.
Sarah Dragon is a volunteer in my effort in conjunction with Miss Belle Ganzon from the Filipino Seven Day Adventist Church in feeding the underprivileged and homeless people in downtown Toronto.
A small note here: Upon my arrival in Canada in 1967, I found myself homeless, with no food and sleeping on the streets in 1967.
You may read my story in my biography, titled, The Immigrant, in the Books and Articles Section of the mrgoudasbooks.com website.
Spyros Peter Goudas
Σπύρος Πήτερ Γούδας