Chipotle Mango Baby Back Ribs


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In the ideal world, we’d all have a smoker, a stock of hardwood and endless free time to create toothesome treats. However, most of us have none of the above. So, this is a quick and dirty way to make tender ribs that are hands off and wholesome.

You can finish these in the oven (as I do in the video) or on the stove top. The goal is to simmer them lightly in a flavorful broth until tender. I like to use pickling spice, but it can get messy and pebbly spices often stick to the surface of the ribs. So, although I didn’t do this in the video, you can simmer the pickling spice for awhile and then strain it off and save the flavored broth for cooking the ribs. You can also use a sachetto contain the pickling spice. Whatever you choose to do, be creative with your sauce and be sure to share with your friends!

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Chipotle Mango Baby Back Ribs


  • 3 racks baby back ribs, rinsed and scored on the back side
  • 6 quarts Water
  • 1 handful kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pickling spice
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 mango, peeled and pitted
  • 1 chipotle pepper plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (to your liking)
  • Ponzu, to taste (optional)
  • Honey, to garnish
  • 5 scallions, Asian Bias Cut (ABC)
  • Toasted sesame seeds (Ajonjoli), to garnish

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Bring water, Kosher salt and pickling spice to a simmer.
  2. Lay ribs in a 2” hotel pan and pour simmering water/spice mixture over ribs.
  3. Cover pan with foil and roast in the oven at 350° F for 90-120 minutes or until tender.
  4. Remove ribs from oven and allow them to cool in the liquid for 20 minutes.
  5. While ribs are cooking prepare the sauce by combining tomato sauce, garlic, onion, mango, chipotle in adobo, and ponzu in a blender. Blend until smooth and season to your liking with honey, salt and pepper.
  6. Remove ribs from liquid and cut between each bone.
  7. Place ribs on a foil lined sheet pan and dress with sauce.
  8. Return to the oven and broil on high for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, stack ribs like Lincoln Logs on a plate and garnish with scallions, honey and ajonjoli (sesame seeds). Say ajonjoli over and over because it is fun!
  10. Share these with your friends and if you don’t have any friends, bring some to your neighbors in order to make friends.
  11. Enjoy!

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:
Protein: (67)
3 racks of ribs, about 9 pounds total before they were cooked, cooks down to about 100oz once the bones are removed. With 1.5oz equaling one block, that leaves us with 67 blocks of protein.
Carbohydrates: (8)
We have 8 total carbs in this recipe. We have 2 blocks from the tomato sauce, where ½ cup equals one block. Next we get one block from the onion where ½ cup equals one block. Next we will say that ½ mango fills almost 1.5 cups when cut up. With 1/3 of a cup equaling one block, we will count this as 4 blocks. And finally we will count the pepper and adobo sauce as one block giving us a total of 8 carb blocks.
Fats: (0)
There are no added fats to this recipe.
Balancing Act:
This recipe is primarily about the meat and the rest is for flavoring so therefore we will really count the meat blocks. We have about 67 protein blocks along with 8 carb blocks. Pair this meat up with some carbs and fats to balance out the meal.



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