Good Monday Morning everybody! I hope this finds you having had an extravagant weekend of fun festivities! This weekend was a little tumultuous for me. First, I hurt my ankle on Friday during some freak – not – wanting – to – fall – so – I – used – my – ankle – to – stay – standing accident. It was the size of three ankles; that is no joke. Then on Saturday we took our puppy for a checkup at the vet and to update his vaccinations. We found out that he has two very small ear infections [I knew it!!!] and he has not been himself since the visit. He has strokes of Pipsqueak behavior but then he goes back to glaring at us and moping around. We are giving him medication, which he hates and I’m positive it irritates his ears even more. He cried yesterday when Nick rubbed his ears! Seriously, I almost cried. And, finally I am feeling pretty under the weather. It’s much more than a cold and it is worrying me. I’m hoping to be diagnosed and/or fixed today.
Why don’t we talk about something a little less crummy and a little tastier? Well today I have something pretty awesome for any summer picnic, dinner or weekend meal! However, this particular meal was not designed or prepared by me. It was prepared by Nick last weekend when my mom was in town for the holiday! Memorial Day is one of Nick’s favorite holidays. Memorial Day has a very special place in my heart because of Nick’s service in the military so we wanted to celebrate with an awesome dish! So are you ready to know what I have for you today?? Today I have for you amazing Sweet and Smoked Barbeque Ribs!!
For his birthday Nick received an awesome smoker from my mom! He has not been able to use it enough in the days since his birthday! There was no doubt that he was going to whip his smoker out for Memorial Day weekend and get down to business, especially with my mom around. The last time we cooked ribs there was a spicy kick to them, but my mom is not a huge fan of too much spice so he kept it on the sweet side of things this time around.
He tells me the right ribs start with the right rubs. So let’s start there.
Here is what you will need:
- 3 Tablespoons of Paprika
- 3 Tablespoons of ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoons salt (also as stated previously Nick tries to limit salt in the rub)
- ¼ cup of white sugar
- ¾ cup of brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder (add to taste)
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder (add to taste)
- ½ cub of honey
- You can also add: (pretty much to taste)
- ½ teaspoon of cayenne powered or chili powder
- Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until there is a slurry
- Thoroughly rub the mixture all over your ribs
- Vacuum seal the ribs or cover them tightly with foil and allow the ribs to marinate in the refrigerator over night
- If you don’t have that much time then allow at least an hour to marinate!
- After the meet is marinated pre heat your grill or smoker. If you are grilling put the outer burners on low. Like has been stated, “low and slow” is the best for ribs and most bbq. We set the smoker at 225 degrees F.
- Then cook for 1 ½ hours flip and cook until internal temperature is 165 degrees F
Then cut into individual servings and eat away!! It’s pretty easy. I mean, it was really easy for me because I did not prepare or cook them. The smoker is Nick’s baby and I do not trump in! It’s fun to cook and create meals with Nick! He took the reins with this particular part of the meal and it turned out phenomenally.
If you’re interested in a wet rub and don’t have anything in your kitchen except for some brand-name bottle of barbeque sauce [much like we did] it is easy to make it your own and add flavors. We had two racks of ribs so half of them got the dry rub and half of them got the wet rub. Here is what you will need: barbeque sauce, lemon juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, paprika! Mix it all up and add the sauce after the ribs hit an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. After the mixture is lathered on the ribs just cook for another 30 minutes! Simple, right? I know!
I hope you all give this a try! It is super easy and super yummy!
Until Next Time,
Happy Rubbin’ Ribs