A crunchy, mustard-laced bread crumb coating makes a particularly delectable contrast to the sweet and tender meat on pork baby backs. This recipe first appeared in our March 2012 issue, with Mei Chin's article Bone Gatherer.
Deviled Baby Back Ribs
A crunchy, mustard-laced bread crumb coating makes a particularly delectable contrast to the sweet and tender meat on pork baby backs.
Yield: serves 4-6
2 racks (3 lb.) pork baby back ribs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tbsp. heavy cream
3 tbsp. cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1⁄2 cup dried bread crumbs
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Heat oven to 375°. Season ribs generously with salt and pepper, place in a shallow roasting pan, and bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile, stir together cream, cayenne, and mustard in a small bowl; spread evenly over ribs. Sprinkle ribs with bread crumbs, and then drizzle with butter.
Heat broiler to high. Broil ribs until topping is browned and crusty, about 4 minutes. Flip ribs, and broil until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Cut ribs into individual bones to serve.