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FHM's Weekend Cooking Challenge: Brandy And Five-Spice Ribs

The kind of ribs your baby will come back for
by Mars Salazar | Apr 2, 2016
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Congratulations—you've made it to the weekend!

All those deadlines, paperwork, hours spent toiling in the must be really tired, and craving for good food. Obviously, we're not talking about boring fast food grub or the tipid meals you've been living on since Monday. Your hard work deserves something way more special.

Sure, you can go to a nice restaurant, but why not whip up your gastronomic reward yourself? It might require a bit more effort, but think of this as another validation of you being a true man, because a true man knows his way inside the kitchen. That and girls love guys who cook. Plus, the rewarding feeling of you tasting your own masterpiece is all worth it.

Don't worry—we'll spare you the hassle of sifting through your mom's Del Monte Kitchenomics pamphlets for the right recipe. In this weekly series called FHM's Weekend Cooking Challenge, we'll pick a dish you can do for your girl or folks that's both delicious and doable, but still special enough that you'll feel a profound sense of pride after you've successfully accomplished it.

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Going back to work after a long weekend is never fun, and we bet you're tired after catching up on all your post-Holy Week deliverables. Round up the crew this weekend for a relaxing evening, and blow them away with this recipe for Brandy And Five-Spice Ribs. This needs a few hours to cook, but it's worth it for a meal your guests will never forget!

What you’ll need:

1 kilo baby back ribs
2 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon five-spice powder
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the barbecue sauce:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup tomato ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons brandy (optional)

Prepare it:

1. Combine all the ingredients except for the ribs in a bowl. Pat the ribs dry and spread the mixture all over the meat.
2. Wrap the ribs with foil, wrap it again in plastic wrap, then wrap it in another layer of foil. (Yes, it’s a three-part wrapping process!)
3. Cook the ribs for three hours in an oven preheated to 250o
4. Make the barbecue sauce by combining all the listed ingredients in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to let it simmer. Cook it for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
5. Brush the sauce on the ribs before serving. Serve the extra sauce on the side.

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The end product should look something like this:

Enjoy it with:

- Red wine
- Sweeter beers
- Mashed potato
- Corn on the cob

Pro tip:

When baking ribs, keep the temperature as low as you can. Yes, your ribs will take a couple of hours to bake, but a low temperature decreases the chances of the meat drying out, resulting in succulent, fall-off-the-bone meaty perfection.

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