Did you know that a rib bone is a great teething toy for a toddler? We discovered this primitive tusk sharpening tool one day whilst having Sunday lunch with my in-laws. My baby who was around 10 months at the time and was sitting on my lap when she picked up a leftover bone from a rack of lamb and proceeded to happily gnaw on it.
Ever since then, she has been happily chomping away on any rib bone we give her. A great example of this was her first birthday. At the time, she wasn’t a big fan of anything sweet, so we stuck a birthday candle into a pork rib instead. Once she realized not to play with the fire, she happily started nibbling away.
As my daughter is still young and not yet developed a liking for spice and heat, I make two different versions of these pork ribs : one spicy, one not. Both are equally delicious so the choice is up to you as well. Besides, these ribs are easy to make (coat them in mustard and seasoning then slowly cook for 2 hours) so it’s not difficult to make two different versions of them for the family. At least this way, you draw a clear line of demarcation over whose ribs are whose and, as we all know, when it comes to ribs, you need to set those limits.