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Mom's Stovetop Pork Ribs

Rated as 4.55 out of 5 Stars

"This is how my Brazilian mom prepares pork ribs. Boiling the ribs with the seasonings ensures that the meat will remain moist and juicy, and that the flavors will fully penetrate the meat. I hope you like these as much as I always have! Serve with lime wedges, rice and a fresh green salad."
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1 h servings 461 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place the spareribs into a large pot, and fill with just enough water to cover. Add the soy sauce, garlic, rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, lime juice and 3/4 of the parsley. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered over medium heat until the water has completely evaporated, about 25 minutes.
  2. When all of the water is gone, remove the bay leaves, and allow meat to brown, turning occasionally. Use a spatula to scrape up browned bits and softened garlic from the bottom of the pot, and toss them with the pork. The garlic will dissolve onto the meat. Remove the meat, and drain on paper towels. Season with black pepper and garnish with lime wedges and remaining parsley.


  • Notes
  • If you wish to use fresh herbs in place of the dry, double the amounts.
  • Cilantro may be used in place of the parsley.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 461 calories; 32 g fat; 10.7 g carbohydrates; 33.5 g protein; 125 mg cholesterol; 1327 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Wow, so happy to see all of the positive reviews. My mom says thanks everyone. Just a note. The recipe that I submitted says to use PARSLEY, with a small note at the bottom that cilantro may be ...

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Wow, so happy to see all of the positive reviews. My mom says thanks everyone. Just a note. The recipe that I submitted says to use PARSLEY, with a small note at the bottom that cilantro may be ...

Oh my, these were wonderful. I've never tried this cooking technique before and just thought I would give it a try. To be quite frank, I wasn't expecting much. But they were just too good. A...

Yummy!! This was a hit at my house. I used 2 lbs. of bone-in country style pork ribs and just cut the recipie exactly in half. It was perfect. If the water takes too long to boil down turn the h...

This recipe was a huge hit, even with my terribly fussy husband and teenaged daughter. We love barbecuing ribs in the summer, and this recipe is a close second and an easy way to cook ribs duri...

Very good. Made them twice in a week. Having never boiled ribs I found out what others did, that a big pile of ribs (I at least doubled the qty) in a big pot will take hours to boil the water ...

This was great! I just made it with country style pork ribs. I was looking for a simple recipe that didn't take all day to cook. I used lite soy sauce and reduced the amount as suggested and ...

This is by far, the best pork rib recipe ever. It is a MUST-TRY. I, too, cut down the soy sauce to about 1/4 cup, which was perfect. The slightly garlicy coating is awesome. I almost quit co...

These are awesome. Even my veryyy picky boyfriend thought they were a keeper. I lessened the soy and the water, as other's suggested but otherwised followed the recipe to a T. One note thoug...

We had these ribs last nite and were in heaven! They were very easy to prepare. I may have put a little too much water because it took an hour for the water to evaporate. I didn't have cilant...