An il Fustino recipe

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Author: James R. Kirkley, IV

This recipe combines the sweet and tangy flavor of American barbeque with Middle Eastern seasonings like pomegranate, and molasses.

Serves: 4

Cumin-and-Coriander Grilled Lamb Ribs


1/4 cup, kosher salt
2 tablespoons, light brown sugar
1 tablespoon, ground cumin
1 tablespoon, ground coriander
1 teaspoon, freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon, ground cinnamon
Two 2 1/2- to 3-pound racks of lamb ribs
1 cup, il Fustino Pomegranate vinegar
2 tablespoons, molasses


  1. In a bowl, mix the salt with the sugar, cumin, coriander, pepper and cinnamon. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the rub to a medium bowl. In a large, shallow baking dish, sprinkle the remaining rub over the lamb ribs, massaging it into the meat. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Light a gas grill. Whisk the pomegranage vinegar and molasses into the reserved 2 tablespoons of rub.
  3. Transfer the lamb ribs meaty side down to the grill and cook over moderately low heat, turning once, until lightly charred all over, 7 to 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and grill, turning and basting with the sauce every 10 minutes, until the meat is very tender and nicely charred, 1 hour and 30 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a carving board, tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut the ribs between the bones and serve.