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BackstoryThe grill is something we're taking advantage of these days. It's just been too hot inside to cook on the stovetop so having the grill makes cooking in the hot summer nights so much easier. One of the things I enjoy about grilling is learning more about various marinades for meats. Having marinades to try out for meats allows me to grill up various things with a variety of flavor. Besides, after a while grilled meats without any really accenting flavor can get boring. The most recent marinade I tried is this one for Chipotle Lime Pork Ribs. Fresh lime zest and juice paired with chipotle chili pepper makes for a refreshing flavor and a slight kick! It went especially well with pork and I'm sure it would work for chicken just as well too...
Making marinades is so easy and often times, you may have the ingredients already in your pantry. For this recipe, fresh limes, chipotle chili pepper, olive oil, garlic powder and salt is all you'll need! If you have trouble finding chipotle chili pepper, you can use canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce - just 1 tablespoon, finely minced. For those that don't like too much heat, reduce the amount of pepper down to 1 1/2 teaspoons or less.
- 3 medium-sized limes, juice and zest
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbls. chipotle chili pepper
- 1 Tbls. kosher salt
- 1 Tbls. garlic powder
- 3 pounds pork ribs
- Combine all the ingredients except the ribs in a bowl. Whisk to fully combine.
- Place the ribs in a large storage bag and pour the marinade in. Seal the bag and chill for 2 hours for the meat to marinate.
- Start an outdoor grill using hardwood charcoal, such as hickory. When coals are white and glowing, arrange for high heat.
- Place ribs onto grill, and cook until cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes depending on thickness of meat. Turn over, and continue cooking until golden on the other side, 5 to 10 minutes more. When finished, place ribs onto a platter, and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with lime wedges.