Special Guest Blogger……………..

by jerseygirl on July 6, 2009 · 27 comments

Hi! This is not Lisa, its “THE HUBBY”, and “THE HUBBY” loves to barbecue. Ribs are one of my favorite foods to cook, and eat. I’m in way over my head here, but I’m going to try to tell you why I love to BBQ while walking you through my process of making ribs. Let’s do it!

I start with making a dry rub. This is not rocket science and a recipe is not needed. Use ingredients that you like and try this formula. One part sugar, one part spices, and at most, two thirds part of salt. I mix turbinado and brown sugar. I combine garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chile powder, crushed black pepper, and a little cumin for my spices. I then dump in a mixture of kosher and celery salts. Like I said, use stuff that you like and dabble until it tastes right to you. I made three cups for 6 racks of ribs.

I then take my ribs outside and prep them. I prefer the meatier spare ribs over baby backs but both are delicious. Trim them so they are somewhat uniform. I cut off the top just above the rib bones and I cut off the back flap. Save these parts, rub them, and cook them as tasters. Use a butter knife and a paper towel to remove the film on the back of the rack of ribs. Use the knife to peel the film from the ends and the paper towel makes it easier to grip the film so you can peel it off. Just get as much as you can. The reason I take the ribs outside is to avoid the inevitable “Don’t you think you should clean up when you’re done” lecture. The garden hose works well on the patio. The kitchen countertops, not so well.

To cook ribs, I use a Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker, also called the bullet, which ” THE WIFE” bought me for Father’s Day a few years back. I add hickory, cherry, and oak wood. You don’t need too much, just enough to give it a nice smokey flavor. Take my word for it, too much wood equals a rack of bacon. If you do not have a smoker, it’s not a problem. I light one burner on my gas grill after I have spread a sheet of tin foil over most of that burner. Leave a spot uncovered so you can put your smoker box on it. No smoker box? Just wrap the wood up in tin foil, punch holes in it, and lay it on the burner. My grill has a thermometer and I try to keep the temperature between 225 and 245. Usually one burner between low and medium heat gives you a good temperature. Put the ribs on the grill away from the heat, not directly over it.

The next step is very important. You have to yell over your fence to a neighbor, one that is preferably named Frank ( I call him Francis because he doesn’t like that). When he comes over, sit on your patio and have a drink made with bourbon. After two hours, or when Frank gets up to make some more drinks, spray the ribs with apple juice. After four to five hours (the ribs should bend easily and the ends of the bones should be sticking out) send Frank home. I would offer Frank some but he keeps a Kosher diet anyway and the ribs should be done. Let them sit a couple of minutes and then cut them as you like. Take a bottle of BBQ sauce, add some beer and different spices, then simmer until the desired thickness. Brush over the ribs and enjoy.

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Mila July 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Well Hubby…I think you did a great job! And those ribs look sooo yummy!


Chef Fresco July 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Hahah love the guest post! Looks delicious!


Sharon July 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Hi Hubby! You've done a great job! I need to get my hubby one of those smokers.


Flourchild July 7, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Nice ribs!My husband ahd that same smoker and we could never figure out how to use it!


Donna-FFW July 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Hubby did a wonderful job.. both on the posts and the ribs. Dont you love neighbors like Frank?


Jamie July 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Thanks for sharing your barbecue tips. I call my husband The Grill Man. We love to barbecue but we only have a gas grill. Those ribs looked really good.


Adam July 8, 2009 at 9:00 am

Excellent job BBQ man. Thanks for the dry rub tips… and let's not forget the most important part of the cue… drinks and a friend to shoot the stuff with 🙂


kat July 8, 2009 at 9:54 am

those look like some finger licking ribs


Maria July 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Great guest post!


Wonderful July 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

You're making me hungry!


Clumbsy Cookie July 8, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Hi "Hubby"! And aren't you a skilled "barbecuer"! The ribs are fantastic!


Pam July 9, 2009 at 1:50 am

You did a fantastic job, Hubby. The ribs look mouth watering good!


Emily July 9, 2009 at 3:00 am

Interesting stuff! Good job, special guest blogger.

Why do you use some turbinado? Does it give the ribs a pretty appearance? I guess pretty isn't the right word, but hey, I'm a girl.


black eyed susans kitchen July 9, 2009 at 11:22 am

Well, the ribs look great and clearly you have a good sense of humor. Lucky Lisa…a man who cooks and is funny.


♥Rosie♥ July 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Those ribs look fantastic – you did a great job!


Jan July 9, 2009 at 11:12 pm

LOL! Your hubby is a hoot. You couldn't send him round could you? 🙂


The Japanese Redneck July 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

Good job hubby. Look great.


Stacey Snacks July 10, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Now we have to get Henry to do a "guest post".
I guess he would make cereal w/ milk.
Nice ribs hubby!


Acai Berries July 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

ou've done a great job! I need to get my hubby one of those smokers.

Acai Berry


JodieFields August 8, 2009 at 12:59 am

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Jill's Comfort Zone October 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

LOL! Looking good! I bet it was as delicious as it looks!!!


Anonymous November 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Hi all. How are you?


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Nancy @ The Sensitive Pantry February 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm

It's definitely BBQ weather today in NJ. I probably live within driving distance and can smell those ribs…what time should I be there?


miss February 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

Ribs on the grill are divine! Can't wait for warmer weather so my hubby can grill!


marla {Family Fresh Cooking} February 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Great grilling by the hubs!! Love it 🙂


Beth @ Hungry Happenings June 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Oh, how I love ribs, but would sure like it for someone else to make them for me. Lucky you! My hubby doesn't grill – or cook for that matter unless you count heating up a chicken patty in the microwave.

Lisa, I wanted to let you know that this post was listed in my featured Stumble Upon posts in my weekly e-mail. Congrats and hope you get lots of traffic!


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