Plum Good Baby Back Ribs
4 racks pork baby back ribs, each about 1 pound
12 whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
10 whole star anise
2 cinnamon sticks, each 3 inches long
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 12 ounce jar plum jam
1 tablespoon grated, peeled gingerroot
1 garlic clove, crushed with garlic press
In 8 quart saucepot, heat ribs, peppercorns, bay leaves, 4 star
anise, 1 cinnamon stick and enough water to cover to boiling over
high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 50 minutes to 1 hour
until ribs are fork tender. Remove ribs to platter. If not serving
right away, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Prepare glaze: In 1 quart saucepan, heat soy sauce, remaining star
anise and cinnamon stick to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to
low; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand,
covered, 5 minutes. Strain mixture into bowl; discard star anise and
cinnamon. Stir in plum jam, grated ginger, and garlic.
Place ribs on grill over medium heat. Cook 10 minutes, turning once,
until browned. Brush ribs with some glaze and cook 5 to 10 minutes,
brushing with remaining glaze and turning frequently.