Italian Sausage Spiced Ribs

Italian Sausage X Smoked Ribs? Yes, please! This recipe for Italian Sausage Spiced Ribs popped up in my YouTube feed and immediately piqued my interest. It sounded delicious, so I gave it a go.

Gather the ingredients.

Let’s go to work.

  1. Preheat Joule to 167 °F.
  2. Mix salt and pink salt and make sure they are combined.
  3. Cut the rack in half and season each half evenly. The pink salt is optional but is essential to creating a “smoke ring.”
  4. Let the ribs rest in the salt brine for about 10 minutes.
  5. Combine honey and liquid smoke in a bowl or cup, mix well, then add 2 tbsp. to each bag.
  6. Place the ribs in Ziplock-style bags and cook for four hours at 167 °F.
  7. Remove the sous vide ribs from the bags, and mop again with more of that smokey honey glaze.
  8. Use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to reduce the fennel seeds to a fine grind and combine with other spices in a shake, mix well, then dust the ribs all over, being sure to get it in all the cracks and crevices.
  9. Combine the brown sugar, orange juice, vinegar, and pepper flakes in a saucepan on medium heat, reduce by half and set aside.
  10. Preheat the Ninja Foodi Grill to “Air Fry” at 400 °F; however, you can also do this in the oven under the broiler.
  11. Set the ribs in the air fry basket and let them crisp up until they develop a beautiful bark, about 5–10 minutes.
  12. Remove the ribs, slice them up, then toss in the brown sugar / orange juice glaze.
  13. Air-fry the ribs one more time for 3-5 minutes to set the glaze.
  14. ‘Nuff said! Pull those Italian Sausage Spiced Ribs out of the Foodi/oven, let them rest for a few minutes, then enjoy!
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