Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ribs!

These ribs may seem time consuming, but since they're cooked long and slow, you can throw them in and forget about them. Here's my secret recipe...
  1. Rub 'em
    Take a rack of pork spare ribs (3-4 lbs.) and coat them with 1-2 Tbsp. of your favorite rub. I like Williams Sonoma Memphis Rib Rub
  2. Smoke 'em
    Use a heaping Tbsp of Hickory chips in a stovetop smoker. (What's a stovetop smoker? Check it out on amazon.com) Smoke them on medium heat for 1 hour.
  3. Low 'n' slow cook 'em
    As soon as they're done smoking, transfer them to a slow cooker. Slather them with about 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce and then slow cook them on Low ehat for 3.5 hours. You can leave them alone or baste them from time to time. If you have to head to work, leave them. Just let your slow cooker turn off after 3.5 hours. (If your slow cooker is like mine, it switches to a keep warm setting. If this is the case, reduce the cooking time to 2.5 hours, then let them keep warm until you get home)
  4. Char 'em
    Throw them on a hot grill and baste them with some more sauce to char. About 3 minutes per side on high usually does the trick. Be gentle, they'll be falling-off-the-bone tender!

Enjoy - Serve them with your favorite sides. This week I made potato salad, but cole slaw, corn, a can of baked beans all do the trick too!

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