Orange Five Spice Pork Riblets

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

3-4 lbs. pork riblets
5 star anise, whole
2 cinnamon sticks
2 slices fresh ginger root
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup orange marmalade
1 cup apple juice
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp Gochujang chili paste
3/4 tsp Chinese five spice seasoning
1 cup green onion, sliced + garnish
1 1/2 cups red onion, quartered
1 tsp soy sauce
pinch black sesame

Cooking Tools
Stock pot
Large skillet
Parchment lined sheet tray
Basting brush

In a large stock pot, add; pork riblets (intact), enough cold water to cover ribs, star anise, sliced ginger root and cinnamon sticks.  Bring water to a boil and reduce heat to medium low and cook ribs for 1 hour 30 minutes. Cook pork until tender but not falling off the bone.  Skim off foam throughout the boiling process.  While the pork is cooking, in the skillet add oil, red onions, garlic and saute for a few minutes.  Add to the skillet, orange marmalade, apple juice, grated ginger, Gochujang paste, Chinese five spice, soy sauce, black sesame seeds and pepper.  Cook sauce on low heat until sauce is reduced and thickened.  Toss in green onion and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.  Once pork is cooked, remove from liquid to a cutting board and slice into 1-2 bone riblets and place the ribs fat side up on parchment lined sheet pan and baste with a little of the orange five spice sauce and place in oven for 10 minutes.  Place the oven on broil and brown until the fat side is slightly rendered and crispy.  Remove riblets from the oven and place in serving bowls and spoon orange five spice sauce on top of the riblets and garnish with sliced green onions.
Serves 4

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