SPARERIBS


4 racks baby back pork ribs

Marinate –
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 / 2 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons worchestire sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 / 4 cup chopped onion
3 / 4 cup ketchup
1 / 4 cup brown sugar
1 1 / 2 tablespoon mustard (yellow )
1 / 2 teaspoon chili powder
Tabasco sauce to taste

1. Pre heat grill on medium. If possible use hickory flavor chips for smoking the
ribs.
2. Add ribs without cutting into separate pieces. Keep them together for cooking
and marinating. Brown the whole strips on indirect low heat slowly. Keep
turning until browned on all sides.
3. Meanwhile warm oil in a pot and onion and garlic until translucent. Add all
other ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Mix well. Brush on marinate
on both sides of ribs. Return to grill and cook until done inside and out.
4. ENJOY! – This is what I am talking about…a real bar-b-que!

Smokin’ Spareribs that are literally smoked. My husband used flavored smoked wood chips on the grill when cooking these ribs. This must be a primal male thing because my husband really made the whole recipe. Meat on bones and men go crazy. It was my idea to have ribs for a party, and I was the one who found the recipe. But then my husband took over and took charge. This day he bought the ribs at the store, he made the rib marinade, he borrowed the wood chips, he cooked the ribs slowly and lastly, he took all the credit. Of course, a well-deserved credit because he did everything from the preparation to the cooking of these ribs. I kept making suggestions and was politely told to MYOB (mind your own business!). It’s just like a man to take over the one part of the house that I claim as my own space, the kitchen.

When men cook they make a mess in the kitchen! Ladies, are you with me on this one? My husband gets sauce on the walls, the floor and usually whatever dish towel is on the counter. Don’t ask me how he gets food spills across the kitchen to the other side, but he does. You don’t even want to know about the stove. That is a day’s cleanup in itself. Just recently, my husband cooked some homemade spaghetti sauce on the stove and burned the bottom of my pot. I was really upset. I take very good care of my pots and pans. I tried everything to scrape the burnt bottom out. This turned into a very heated argument. Well, my husband has more elbow grease power than I do, and he scrubbed and scrubbed and got the burnt bottom cleaned. Another marriage saved over a burnt pot. It sounds crazy, but I am sure there is some couple out there who have divorced over a silly thing like a burnt pot that couldn’t be saved. Just a note; his sauce came out really good aside from the burnt pot. Maybe that was his secret flavoring ingredient. I’ll never admit it.

This recipe is from my neighbor, Charlie, who is a good friend, neighbor and cook. My husband, changed it around and made it his own. Funny thing about my two close friends and neighbors; their husbands and my husband are all cooks. What I mean is that the husbands all pitch in and cook when entertaining company. They might not make dinner every night of the week, but they definitely contribute on the weekends. My dad cooked occasionally when I was growing up, but my Uncle Dom always had a hand in the kitchen when my aunt cooked and entertained. My brother also cooks as does my son. So, the men doing the cooking is very common in my family.

Whoever cooks in your home, just enjoy that they do. Whether the mom, the dad, the kids or the grandma or granddad, just be happy and don’t cry over a burnt pot! Eventually it will come clean and if not, throw it out and get a new one. Remember it’s only a pot.

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