This Brazilian pork dish is one of Marilyn’s favorite dishes. She asks me all the time to make it because it’s very moist and the flavor is very different than what everybody usually gets in U.S restaurants. By the way, I said this before but usually I never order pork in a restaurant because I always get disappointed at how dry it is. I don’t remember eating dry pork at my house or my grandma’s…. I never had it…
I think one of the “secrets” is to marinate the pork in lime juice or passion fruit juice. Lime juice will give you citrus flavor and passion fruit would give you a tart and sweet flavor at the same time. I love both flavors. So, here is the recipe of my Brazilian pork that I learned with my grandma along with some of my favorite sides: Brazilian garlic rice, Brazilian style beans and mandioca.
1 onion chopped
5 limes -juiced
1 pound pork spare ribs cut into 2 inch sections
garlic, mashed with salt in a mortar and pestle
Let the pork marinate in the lime juice for 1 hour. Sauté onions, garlic and pork until golden in color. Add turmeric, salt and black pepper to your taste (watch the salt because it’s in the garlic you mashed). Add water to cover the pork and cook on high…. When it’s almost dry add the lime juice that you had leftover from the pork marinade. Let the lime juice cook with the pork until almost dry and golden in color. Add cilantro on top!
It’s very easy to make it and you can serve it along with your favorites sides. As you know already we have a short video on our Instagram.
Beijos e Tchau!