Harness the incredible natural color of Flor de Jamaica (dried hibiscus flowers) to create these vividly glazed pork ribs.
Recently, I took a trip to Mexico City & Monterrey on a mission for culinary inspiration. Yes, I ate a ton of tacos (and it did not suck). But I also got to explore markets, find new ingredients, discover unusual flavors and even eat a couple grasshoppers.
Mexico has incredible and varied traditions of barbecue and live fire cooking (cabrito, barbacoa, asada etc). But there are some hardcore local parilleros who are super obsessed with recreating the type of BBQ made famous just north of the border, in Texas. They’re not alone, course, as this phenomena is happening all over the world.
As I got to meet some of these barbecuenthusiasts, I found it amusing that I had travelled to their country to explore their cuisines, yet they were trying to recreate the food of my home state. But, why bring both worlds together? Use the incredible wealth of Mexican ingredients with the knowhow and technique of Texas BBQ? ¡Si se puede!
Flor de Jamaica (pronounced ha-MIKE-a) are the dried flowers of the hibiscus plant. They are most commonly used to brew an incredibly refreshing tea. I think it actually tastes pretty similar to rosehip. But the real wow factor of Jamaica is the incredible color – a deep and vivid fuschia shade.
You can purchase Flor de Jamaica from Mexican groceries (or a lot of regular groceries here in Texas). And of course, you can always easily buy them online.
I am always looking for ways to bring a bright pop of red to my pork ribs. In the past, I experimented with a Big Red glaze which looked amazing, but I didn’t love that it was all thanks to artificial coloring. Then, I developed my Hardcore Carnivore Red seasoning, which is an all-natural bright red. Here’s how HC Red ribs look before cooking:
But, I always love finishing my ribs with a sauce or glaze. Preferably one that boosts not only the flavor, but appearance. Enter: Flor de Jamaica rib glaze to finish off this amazing and exotic rack of bbq ribs.Print