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Babyback Pork Ribs With Mushroom-Blackberry Glaze by Oba!'s Chef Scott Neuman

Makes one quart-enough for eight full racks of ribs.
Chef Scott Neuman
Pairs well with:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Chef Scott Neuman is a genius in creating flavors to work the menu with wine. Dinners at Oba!, his restaurant in Portland, Oregon are full of complex and nuanced flavors that always have us coming back for more. Plus, he is one of the nicest, hardworking people we have ever met. Enjoy this special Babyback Pork Ribs recipe with our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon anytime, summer or winter!


Mushroom Blackberry Glaze
4 T. olive oil
1 ea. white onion - diced 1/4"
1 lb. mushrooms - sliced 1/4"
4 T. garlic - minced
1/2 tsp. chili flakes
1 1/4 c. red wine
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1 c. ketchup
6 T. tomato paste
9 T. brown sugar
2 T. soy sauce
3 T. molasses
2 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp cumin
2 T. blackberry preserves
2 T, cherry preserves
1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
1/2 c. pork braising liquid
2 c. water
1/2 ea. whole lemon juice

Dry Cure
2 T. paprika
1 1/2 T. celery salt
1 1/2 T. granulated garlic
1 T. black pepper
1 T. chili powder blend
1 T. cumin-ground
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. kosher salt
1 tsp. white sugar
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Roasted Fingerling Potato and Shaved Fennel Salad
2 1/2 lbs. fingerling potatoes - sliced 1/3" on a diagonal
4 oz. weight fennel bulb - root trimmed out, shaved 1/16"
1 T. fennel fronds - chopped 1/2"
3/4 c. to 1 c. dressing (below)
salt and pepper

1 c. mayonnaise
2 T. stone ground dijon mustard
2 T. buttermilk
3/2 tsp. tobasco
3/4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper

Mushroom Blackberry Glaze:

Sauté the onions in the olive oil until they begin to caramelize. Add the mushrooms, garlic and chili flakes, and continue cooking until the mushrooms are tender. Do not burn the garlic. De glaze the pan with the red wine. Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.Cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 20 minutes. Strain and season to taste with salt.

Dry Cure:

Using a serrated knife, score the back side of each rack 2-3 times across the bones. Rub the top of each rack with 1-2 tablespoons of the dry cure. Let stand 1-2 hours. Place in a roasting pan, standing on one bone. Add a cup of water and cover completely with foil. Bake in a 300º convection oven for approximately 2 hours or until meat is beginning to pull away from the bone (about 1/3"). Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Remove and strain the pork jus and use to make the glaze. Store refrigerated overnight before using.

Prior to Serving: Place the pre-cooked ribs on the grate of a hot wood or charcoal broiler, top side down, and cook for approximately 1-2 minutes to crisp the exterior of the meat. Baste the underside with the glaze.Turn the ribs over, cook an additional 3-4 minutes to ensure penetration of the heat as well as render the rest of the fat off the bottom of the ribs. Baste the top of the ribs with the glaze. Remove from the grill and baste a final time with the glaze. Serve with fingerling potato salad and garnish the ribs with roasted corn if desired.

Roasted Fingerling Potato and Shaved Fennel Salad:

Toss the potatoes with enough olive oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper and roast on a cookie sheet in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly caramelized and tender. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, mustard, buttermilk, Tabasco and lemon juice. Season to taste.

Slice the fennel bulb in half and trim out the root. Shave the fennel with a sharp knife or utilizing a mandolin. Chop the fennel fronds and add to the fennel. Add the warm potatoes and toss with enough dressing to coat all the vegetables. Season to taste. Potato salad can be served immediately or it can be served cold or at room temperature. If not serving right away, more dressing may be needed to moisten the potatoes as they will absorb some of the dressing when it is warm.

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