Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Weekend Events (Part II)

It was a good Father's Day!  Since our children are all far away (Kenny in Dallas, Kristina in Germany and Katie in Seattle), I took it upon myself to cater to my hubby and we spent the day doing his favorite things.
First:   Taco Bell  (an absolute must) where we grabbed a small snack!
Next:    To the local driving range to hit a basket of balls.   Mind you....this is the first time he has been able to hit some golf balls since he broke his back.   He was really excited!  I even got to hit a few!

Did some "guy" shopping at the local Cabela's.   Bought him some new fishing lures, lantern mantels, and new flashlight to clip onto his hunting hat (GEEK!).
Then, headed home to BBQ some of our family favorite....Root Beer Ribs!
If you are a rib fan....these are a MUST!   They are really simple, but they take a little bit of time to cook.  If you are a fan of Carolina style ribs....you'll love these.

ROOT BEER RIBS

2 packs of baby back pork ribs
1/4 cup dry spice rub (*recipe to follow)
2 onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1-2 liter bottle of A&W Root Beer
1 T vanilla

Preheat over to 325 degrees.  Using sharp knife, remove the membrane and score the backside of the ribs.  Season both sides of the ribs generously with dry spice rub.  Lay ribs (meat side down) on top of the sliced onions and garlic mixture.   Pour entire bottle of root beer (except reserve one cup for BBQ sauce) over ribs and add vanilla.   Cover tightly with foil.  Braise for 2-2 1/2 hours until meat is tender.   Meanwhile, make BBQ sauce.

BBQ Sauce  

1 cup ketcup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup root beer
4 T chopped fresh cilantro
2 T water
1 T Worcestershire sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

Dry Spice Rub

1/4 c paprika
1 1/2 T salt
1 T garlic powder
1 T curry powder
2 t black pepper
1 T dried thyme
1 t cayenne pepper
1/8 c. chili powder
1 T ground coriander
1 T sugar
1 T mustard powder
2 t. dried basil
2 t. ground cumin

Mix together and store in air tight container.

Preheat BBQ/grill on medium-high.  Remove ribs from oven and place racks onto BBQ/grill and grill for 6-8 minutes each side or until lightly charred while basting frequently with sauce.   ENJOY!   If you end up making these mouth watering treats, please let me know what you think!

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