Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Anything can be cooked on BBQ - start with RIBS

BBQ Anything..

Yes .. I have proved that anything can be cooked on the BBQ. This was not tested by myself, as a test or study - but due to fact that oven was out of commission for 6 months. Why 6 months? Because we had a the kitchen renovated, that was to take a week, and well .. so far it has been 4 years, 3 months and 2 days (not that I am counting). The oven was reconnected after 6 months, in time to cook Christmas dinner.

I would like to feature BBQ ribs to start, since they are one of the most logical foods to cook on a BBQ.


BBQ Ribs are one of the easiest recipes and bring the greatest pleasure to eat, and get rave reviews.
There is no need to boil the ribs - this is what I used to do, until I managed to get this recipe. Quite by accident we came into possession of this recipe. K's mother made ribs that we had the good chance to have when we visited her for lunch. They were delightful - flavorful, fell off the bones so  nicely, not tough and well, just perfect. So, I asked her for the recipe and we both almost fell off our chairs - so easy. After many decades of trying to make ribs exactly like this - we had the secret.

1) To start - Pork Back Ribs - we wait for them to be on sale, and often purchase in the vacuum pack.
I buy at least 2, but usually 4 strips - vacuum packed contain 2.

2) Next cut into portions - your choice, but not too large. Season with minced garlic - lots if you like, or less. Rub into ribs with your hands. Use season salt to salt thoroughly. All are placed in large roasting pan - same one I use for Christmas turkey. Put in about 1 1/2 cups water.

3) Put into oven - 350 degrees and cook for 1 hr

4) Now ready to add sauce

1 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp mustard

 Brush sauce on liberally - completely coat each rib portion - I use tongs to get down to the bottom, flipping ribs over and use a silicone brush to get the sauce everywhere. Be sloppy this is not cake decorating - neatness does not count.

5) Put back in oven or can be done on BBQ (in roaster) and cook for 2 hrs. Check every 30 minutes and add sauce as required - usually once more at 1 hr mark. Do not let burn, as if gets too dry, ribs on top layer will start to blacken.

6) Once cooked - serve and save any extra for the week. They heat up nicely and taste better each time.



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