Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mike's Bar-B-Q Ribs

We picked up a rack of baby back ribs last week and fired up the Weber on the roof deck tonight. I confess that I am no pro at grilling and have never made great ribs . . . . until tonight.

Here is the magic recipe:

(1) Slice the rib rack into two-rib sections.

(2) Coat with extra virgin olive oil.

(3) Rub with store bought pork rub (I used McCormick's) and let sit for a couple of hours. If you are adventurous or a do-it-yourselfer, I think a mix of paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and brown sugar would work great.

(4) Mix together juice from one lemon, a cup or so of chicken stock, a cup or so of cider vinegar, a minced shallot (or red onion) and salt and pepper.

(5) Bake the ribs in an oven at 250 degrees and baste with the lemon/stock/vinegar solution every 20 minutes for 2 1/2 hours.

(6) Fire up a charcoal grill, throw in some hickory chips for smoke, and grill the ribs until they are nice and charred on the outside -- maybe another 30 minutes. Turn them a time or two so the grilling is even.

(7) Pour a glass of wine, spoon up some slaw and enjoy!

Our friends Matt, Josh and Joanna joined us and brought some summer salads, kebabs and sausage and yummy cupcakes. We're loving the summer grilling season.

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