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Food Sunday: Ribs

Most people who cook ribs will make the claim that their recipe is the most awesomest way to cook ribs that there evah was or could be.

Mmmm... ribs

Ribs

I will not say this as I know that I am not a great cooker of ribs. Instead, I will just bring a sampling of the varieties of ribs recipes that are available.

Now to start with, I guess we need to discuss just what exactly we mean when we use the term “ribs.” In my family when I was growing up, it was pork spare ribs. My father would often make ribs in the oven though occasionally he would cook them on a grill in the summer, usually when we’d been invited to a cook out at friends’ houses. A ribs purist would shudder in horror at the way he prepared the ribs but they were always tasty and tender so I will often follow his steps:

  • Take a slab of spare ribs and cut them into the individual ribs.
  • Par boil the ribs (I add some olive oil and salt to the water before boiling pretty much anything)
  • Remove the ribs from the water after say 3 or 4 minutes. Let cool.
  • Marinade the ribs in the barbecue sauce of your choice (I do like the Jack Daniels sauce myself).
  • Bake in the oven at 350 until ribs are falling off the bone or on the grill away from the direct heat.

As I say, the purists are probably shuddering at this point but for me, the purpose of cooking the ribs is to have a tasty, tender piece of meat and this method does work.

Here’s a bunch of ribs recipes from The Food Network.

This recipe claims to be the “Ultimate Barbecue Ribs.”

This web site is called Amazing Ribs and pretty much refutes everything I wrote above about how my father made ribs.

This is a Google search for “Ribs on the grill.”

This is a Google search for “Ribs in the oven.”

This a search for “cooking ribs.”

This search is for pork ribs.

This search is for beef ribs.

However you like your ribs, I hope you enjoy them during these hot summer days. Share your methods or any special places you might have found hidden away somewhere that is your go-to spot for great ribs.

Photo from Isaac Wedin licensed under Creative Commons

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dakine01

Small town Kentucky country boy lived all over the country. Currently in Ruskin, FL

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