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Rustie Lee's saucy ribs and Jamaican dumplings

We’re welcoming Rustie Lee back to the kitchen, and today she’s whipping up a dish perfect for the weekend. She’s making her sticky spare ribs, with homemade coleslaw and as an extra treat - her Jamaican dumplings!

Saucy spare ribs

Serves 4


1kg pork spare ribs

1 large onion, chopped

3 tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

3 tbsp clear honey

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp tomato puree

4 tbsp soy sauce

½ tbsp salt

150ml vinegar

 600ml water

1 tbsp cornflour, mixed with 2 tbsp cold water


1. Separate the spareribs and put into a deep, ovenproof dish. 

2. Mix together the onion, ginger, garlic, honey, brown sugar, tomato puree and soy sauce. Add to the ribs and turn the meat in the mixture, coating all over. Sprinkle over the vinegar then cook in a slow oven at 160C for 1 - 1 ½ hours. 

3. After the meat is cooked, remove from the oven. Place the ribs on a plate, and spoon the cooking juices from the baking dish into a pan.

4. Add 600ml of hot water and bring to a simmer. Add the cornflour mixture and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Serve with the ribs.


Serves 4


450g self raising flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

55g butter

200 - 250ml water

Oil for frying


1. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder together and rub in the butter. 

2. Make into a dough with the water. 

3. Roll small amounts of the mixture into little balls with the hands. Flatten the tops. 

4. Heat the oil and deep-fry until golden brown, for approximately 8-10 minutes.


Serves 6


For the dressing

Juice of 1 large lime

1 tbsp cider vinegar

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Sugar, to taste

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the slaw

2 carrots, coarsely grated

Half a small red cabbage, finely shredded

Half a white cabbage, finely shredded

1 small red onion, finely sliced

1 bunch coriander, chopped


1. To make the dressing, pour the lime juice and cider vinegar into a small bowl and whisk in the oil. Taste and adjust to taste with sugar, salt and pepper.

2. Place the carrots, cabbages, onion and coriander into a large bowl

3. Pour over the dressing and mix to evenly coat.

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