BBQ Pork Ribs with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

For BBQ Pork Ribs:

4 lbs spare ribs - cut into half slabs

6 cloves garlic - peeled and crushed

2 pcs bay leaves

1 tsp peppercorns

½ cup barbeque sauce

½ cup Hawaiian sauce

6 Tbsp olive oil

1½ Tbsp Tabasco pepper sauce

garlic powder

onion powder

salt and pepper

For mashed potatoes:

5 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and each cut into 6 chunks

1 head garlic, peeled and crushed

1 cup heavy whipping cream, warmed

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 tbsp parsley flakes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For gravy:

2 Tbsp butter

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 pc Knorr beef cube

1/8 tsp black pepper

1 can evaporated milk

1/2 cup water


For the ribs:

1. Sprinkle ribs with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The longer, the better. Best if done overnight. 

2. In a bowl, pour barbeque sauce, Hawaiian sauce, Tabasco sauce and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Stir until well mixed. Set aside.

3. Place ribs in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Remove the scum that will form on top. Add crushed garlic, bay leaves and peppercorns. Simmer for about 1 hour or until meat is tender. Drain well.

4. Heat grill to medium. Place the ribs on the grill and baste with BBQ & Hawaiian Sauce mixture. Grill covered for about 7 minutes, then turn and baste the other side and grill for another 7 minutes. Serve hot wish mashed potatoes.

For the mashed potatoes:

1. Place potatoes and garlic in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook for 25 minutes or until soft. Strain the potatoes and garlic into a colander. Return to pan and mash the potato mixture with a potato masher. Place over medium heat. Stir in milk, butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Keep warm until ready to serve.

For the gravy:

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter then stir in flour, beef cube, and pepper. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and water until mixture is smooth. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Serve over hot mashed potatoes. Makes 2 cups gravy.