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Killer Ribs - Costillas de la Matanza | Kita Roberts GirlCarnivore.com

Killer Ribs – Costillas de la Matanza

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cure 1 day 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 4
Calories 1190kcal


  • 2 racks pork ribs fresh from your butcher if possible
  • 4 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 dried bay leaves crumbled
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup oloroso sherry
  • Rinds of 4 lemons peeled in long strips
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves garlic smashed
  • 3 whole fresh bay leaves
  • Rendered pork fat to cover
  • ½ cup Pedro Ximénez PX sherry (a good Marsala can be substituted)
  • 1 cup Pedro Ximénex PX sherry vinegar


  • In a large baking dish, combine the salt, black pepper, sugar, crumbled bay leaves, and ground cinnamon, creating a cure.
  • Place the ribs in the baking dish and toss them with the cure, coating them evenly. Sprinkle with the oloroso sherry. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 250F.
  • Remove the ribs from the cure. Rinse well and pat dry with paper towels. 
  • Place the ribs in a large Dutch oven with the lemon rind, cinnamon sticks, garlic, and whole bay leaves. Cover with the rendered pork fat.
  • Place the Dutch oven over medium heat and bring the fat to a bare simmer. Remove from the heat.
  • Cover and place in the oven for 2 hours, until the ribs are fork tender and the bones pull easily away for the meat. Remove from the oven.
  • Allow the ribs to cool to room temperature in the Dutch oven, and then place in the refrigerator to chill in the confit overnight.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the PX sherry and the PX sherry vinegar. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. 
  • Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, until the sauce’s volume is reduced to ⅓ cup. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Light a charcoal grill or heat a broiler on high heat (fair warning: The ribs will splatter a lot in an oven, so use caution!). Remove the ribs from the fat, wiping off any excess. Place the ribs, meat-side down, and cook them for 10 minutes, until cooked through and staring to brown.
  • Glaze the ribs with the sauce on the bone side. Flip them over and glaze the other side. 
  • Continue cooking for 5 minutes, until nicely glazed and just charred a little in spots. Remove from the heat and serve."
  • I broke this down to one night for rub, baked in Dutch oven the next morning, chilled again then finished off on the grill when we were ready to eat


Calories: 1190kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 92g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 316mg | Sodium: 7306mg | Potassium: 1089mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 4.8mg