Pork ribs with pickled watermelon

Pork ribs with pickled watermelon

Breddos Tacos
Kris kirkham

I make these ribs when I cook up a belly and save the belly ribs for the staff meal. They’re great for when you have a barbecue or big gathering planned.


Quantity Ingredient

For the pork+

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2kg pork belly ribs
1 bottle corona or dos equis beer
1 teaspoon allspice
1 head garlic, separated into cloves
2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
8 Corn tortillas

For the watermelon

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 watermelon, cut into 3cm cubes
100ml cider vinegar
2 long red chillies, finely sliced
pinch sea salt
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1 teaspoon coriander seeds


  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C.
  2. Place a roasting tray over a medium heat. Add the oil and, when hot, add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the carrot and celery. Add the pork belly ribs and the beer, allspice, garlic, agave, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then cover tightly with foil and place in the oven for 4 hours.
  3. In the meantime, pickle the watermelon. Place the vinegar, chillies, salt, pepper, agave and coriander seeds in a saucepan, bring to the boil then remove from the heat and immediately pour over the watermelon cubes. Set aside for at least 1 hour to pickle.
  4. After 4 hours, the pork should be fork-tender – take the foil off the tray and turn the oven up to 200°C for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the ribs and place on a serving tray, then put the roasting tray over a medium heat and boil to reduce the sauce by a third.
  5. Pour the sauce over the ribs or into a bowl. Scatter the watermelon over the pork. Serve with warm tortillas.
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