2014 Zinfandel + Balsamic Ribs

Holidays, barbeque, and zin. These Balsamic Glazed Ribs are one of our favorite holiday party appetizers. Prep them early and slow roast them to perfection and then throw them on the grill and mop with a sticky sweet balsamic glaze and plate.  They're a showstopper and pair great with our 2014 Zinfandel Block 1. 

We use the tried and true recipe from Epicurious and add a few sprigs of thyme and rosemary while roasting.  Get the original recipe here or see below.

We are currently offering our 2014 Zinfandel in the following Holiday Sale Cases: Italian Case, Mixed Reds, Red & White Mixed Case, and Reserve Mixed Case.

For ribs:

8 large garlic cloves
2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon cayenne
8 pounds baby back pork ribs (8 racks; see cooks' note, below)
1 cup water
For glaze:
2 cups hot water
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
Equipment: 2 large roasting pans

Marinate and roast ribs:
Mince and mash garlic to a paste with 1 teaspoon salt. Stir together with rosemary, brown sugar, vinegar, cayenne, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Rub evenly all over ribs and transfer to roasting pans. Marinate, chilled, 8 to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 425°F with racks in upper and lower thirds.
Pour 1/2 cup water into each roasting pan and tightly cover pans with foil. Roast ribs, switching position of pans halfway through, until meat is very tender, about 1 3/4 hours. Remove pans from oven and transfer ribs to a platter.
Make glaze and grill ribs:
Add 1 cup hot water to each roasting pan and scrape up brown bits. Skim off and discard fat, then transfer liquid to a 10-inch skillet. Add vinegar and brown sugar and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil until reduced to about 1 cup, about 15 minutes.
Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas).

Brush some of glaze onto both sides of racks of ribs. Grill, turning occasionally, until ribs are hot and grill marks appear, about 6 minutes.
Brush ribs with more glaze and serve remaining glaze on the side.

Cooks' notes:
•If you can only get larger ribs (4 racks), you will need more glaze; use 12 large garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary, 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne, 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper.
•Ribs can be roasted and glaze can be made 1 day ahead and chilled separately (covered once cool). Bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes, before glazing and grilling.
•Ribs can be broiled 3 to 4 inches from heat (instead of grilled) about 8 minutes.