Argentinean-Style Ribs with Homemade Chimichurri

Argentinean preparation is simple but is all about the cooking technique. These ribs cook better on a rotisserie as they self-baste for maximum flavor and juiciness. If you're going to cook this recipe on a grill, add some charcoal or hardwood to add more flavor to the ribs. If you do not have a rotisserie set-up, you can simply cook these directly on the grill. Allow the chimichurri to rest at least 2 hours before serving – this will allow time for the flavors to marry together. The chimichurri is a delicious spread that adds a zest to any Argentinian style dish, and this makes a great topping for the slow roasted ribs. This can also be a great topping for grilled chicken breast, lamb or fish.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Homemade Chimichurri:

1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley

2 tablespoons chopped basil

2 tablespoons chopped oregano

1/4 cup chopped white onion

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper

1 tablespoon lime zest

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Argentinean-Style Ribs:

2 1/2 pounds baby back pork ribs

6 tablespoons kosher salt

6 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. For the chimichurri: Add the parsley, basil, oregano, onion, garlic, bell pepper, lime zest, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to a food processor. Pulse together till your desired texture is reached. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  2. For the ribs: Set up a grill with charcoal. Once the coals are white-hot, place some smoked hardwood on top of the coals to create some smoke. 
  3. Sprinkle the ribs liberally with the salt and pepper on both sides. If using a rotisserie, thread the ribs on spit/skewers so they are stacked up and threaded neatly. 
  4. Once the fire has settled, place the ribs over the fire and turn on the rotisserie. Cook for 1 to 2 hours until desired doneness and the ribs have an internal temp of 190 degrees F. Serve immediately off the rotisserie with the chimichurri sauce. 
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