Recently I saw these Nektar Honey Crystals advertised. They look like sugar granules, but are actually dried honey. No sticky mess? I HAD to learn more. So I wrote to the company to see if I could try them. They sent me a package right away.
In a nutshell, these things are GREAT.
I opened the first packet and dipped my finger in to see what they taste like. Yep, you guessed it. They taste like honey. I started putting them in everything...
The ribs turned out AWESOME. Here's the recipe:
Sweet & Spicy Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs
1tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp dried minced onion
2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
2 tsp coarse salt
4 packets of Nektar Honey Crystals
Mix all the above ingredients in a small bowl. Rub into one large rack of ribs or two small ones. Place the ribs onto a jelly roll pan.
*Here's a trick: before putting the ribs in the pan, place a layer of thick onion rings on the bottom. They will help keep the heat circulating around the ribs and give a nice flavor at the same time.
Put the ribs in a warm 275 degree oven for about 3 hours, flipping them once.
Slather the ribs with your favorite barbeque sauce and stick them on the grill long enough to seal in the flavors- about 4-5 minutes on each side. Take the ribs off the grill and let them sit for about 10 minutes. Cut the ribs individually and get ready to get messy!
The Nektar Honey Crystals really gave these ribs a sweet flavor that matched well with the spicy cayenne pepper. We loved them!
Disclosure- I was given a box of Nektar Honey Crystals free of charge. All opinions on this post are my own.