Tag Archive for Ribs

Grilled Main Courses

Grilled chicken

Grilled main courses used to be something that I had only on the weekends when my husband was home to cook them. I was tired of always cleaning the kitchen after using the stove or oven to prepare dinner so I decided to “man up” and learn how to grill. I will say that it was one of the best things that I ever did in my cooking adventures. Not only is there less mess in the kitchen (I think I’ve said that lots this week), but grilled meat is typically healthier since there is less oil or butter used! For those you who have never grilled…give it a try. Just once!! It could change the way you eat and cook forever!!!


Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Mustard Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken Wrapped in Bacon and Rosemary

Beer Can Chicken

Ranch Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken in Garlic and White Wine Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce 


Pork Tenderloin

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Bone in BBQ Pork Chops


Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze


Beef Tenderloin

Blackened Steak Salad

Flank Steak with Lime, Honey and Garlic

Gourmet Burger Bar

Tri Tip Steak

Filet Mignon Stuffed with Spinach and Manchego


Spicy Grilled Shrimp



Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary

Turkey Breast with Garlic and Lemon








Beerfest Recap

Last night was Beerfest. We ended up having 15 people due to some people having to cancel. No worries, though. That always happens when you plan a large get together. As I mentioned before, I made ribs, drunk chicken, beer cheese soup and fried pickles. I will be honest and tell you that the chicken was probably the most moist chicken I have ever had. Despite my better judgement, I used Budweiser for the beer. The smell of that beer is not exactly pleasing to me and it brings back some bad memories, but a lighter beer in a can is what was needed, so I caved. Who knows, maybe that’s why the chicken was so moist?!!!!! The ribs were as good as our local BBQ joint if I do say so myself. I did two things differently 1) After an hour and 45 minutes in the oven, I turned the oven but kept the ribs covered in there for about another hour and a half 2) I used Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer. I will post the recipes for the fried pickles (amazing) and beer cheese soup (also wonderful) later this week.

We had a family bring beer cheese bread (that was great dipped in the soup or by itself) and beer bacon macaroni and cheese. Probably no explanation is needed for that!!! All sorts of goodness in one dish!!! They also brought 2 growlers of beer and a growler of root beer for the kids. One growler was hazelnut and one was pumpkin spiced. I was a little hesitant as I have never been one for flavored beer. HOWEVER, these were AMAZING!! If you have a place near you that sells growlers, I would highly recommend you trying it out!!

Another family went healthy and brought a nice leafy green salad with a beer vinaigrette dressing. It was really very good and the leafy greens added some nice color to our plates. No, I don’t have the recipe for that, but I will try to find one similar as I will use it as a regular homemade dressing.

The comedy of the night came from our friend who’s wife just had a baby. Remember….our one “rule” was everyone had to bring a food item with beer. He thought “out of the box” and brought a food item with a side of beer. He picked up some wings (always good with beer) and grabbed a 4 year old Busch beer camo can that he has had in his fridge for over 3 years. We kept teasing him that the person who gave it to him must not like him much. Busch? In a can? Really? We had some laughs and decided that the beer can will follow us to future get togethers and be our new “mascot”.


At some point through the course of the night, the conversation turned to “What fest is next?” We’ve down Baconfest and Beerfest. Brocollifest was obviously shot down and we quickly agreed on Bourbonfest!!! Lots of yummy recipes to choose from!!!! Stay tuned!


Melissa’a BBQ rib recipe for a gas grill

baby back pork ribs recipe

You may recall that Denise posted her Easy Rib Recipe a while back and we had a little ‘discussion’ on the best ribs. Well, I decided to go ahead and post mine so you can decide which one you like. They have similarities in that they are both baby back ribs, both start with a dry rub and sauce; however, that is about the end of the similarities. Try them both!! I think these are the best ribs not cooked on a smoker like a Big Green Egg. We’ll provide one of those recipes at another time.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – rub – 5 min, ribs – 5 min, sauce – 20min; Marinate time 2hr-overnight; Cook Time – 3 hours


4 racks of baby back ribs (Denise says count on 4-6 ribs per person – that’s crazy talk – count on 6-8 of these bad boys!)

Make your own dry rub: I change this up every time and never measure it. But, here are the basic ingredients. Change quantities and spices to vary yours to be sweeter or spicier.

bbq dry rub for ribs

Oregano (~2T)
Garlic Powder (~4T)
Chili Powder (~5T)
Onion Powder (~2T)
Cumin Powder (~1 1/2 T)
Cayenne (~1 1/2 T)
Brown Sugar (~ 1/2 cup)
Coarse Kosher Salt (~6T)
Black Pepper (~2T)

These are the kinds of quantities I used. Starting at 12:00, you have Chili powder, Kosher Salt, Cayenne, Onion powder, Oregano, Garlic powder and in the middle you have black pepper and cumin.

Dry rub ingredients

Make your own sauce – worth it and it’s easy. Here is my base recipe to help get you started.

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Gas Grill

How to make BBQ ribs on a gas grill:

Make your dry rub the way you like it. The rub above will be a bit on the sassy side. Tone it down by reducing the 3 pepper powders. Mix it all together.

Take your ribs, place on top of some aluminum foil and rub the dry rub onto both sides and really rub it into the meat, don’t just sprinkle it on top. Again, it’s your choice on how coated you want them. I coated these pretty heavily and man, did they have a kick!

best ever bbq rib recipe

Wrap them up, put back in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to let those flavors really sink in!

When ready to cook, take the ribs out of the fridge and let rest. Preheat your gas grill to medium-high heat. When hot, place the ribs over the heat for about 2-3 minutes per side to get some good grill marks and char on the exterior, turn off half of the grill and place ribs over indirect heat for another 20 minutes (10 minutes per side).
awesome bbq rib recipe

Remove the ribs from the grill, place on top of some aluminum foil, fold up the edges partially, pour a liquid into the foil (beer, chicken broth or apple juice are my favorites) and wrap them up tightly in the foil. IMG_1412Return the wrapped ribs to the grill over indirect heat turned down to medium for another 2- 2 1/2 hours. The ribs are done when you can pull the meat away from the bone with a tug but you went too far if the ribs just fall off the bone.  You’ll also notice that the exposed bones stick out a bit from the rack.

baby back pork ribs recipe

Remove from foil but keep on the grill, sauce them up on both sides for a couple of minutes and serve!


Important Tips:

Great dry rub + great sauce + low and slow = Awesome ribs!

Easy Delicious Ribs

BBQ Ribs
Everyone who cooks ribs will tell you that they know how to make the best ribs. They boil them, steam them, grill them…you name it. I’m not going to tell you I make the best ribs (mostly because Melissa will tell you she makes the best), but I will say they are damn good…and easy!! The most important thing to do is to strip the membrane. I know it sounds gross, but doing this will make the ribs nice and tender! It’s the most time consuming part, but well worth it!!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 30min; Cook Time – 2 hours


Rack of ribs (estimate 4-6 ribs per person)
Dark Beer or Coke (Do NOT use light beer, diet coke, or even worse…Pepsi)
Your favorite Rib Rubs
Garlic Salt
BBQ Sauce (We are currently in a Sweet Baby Ray’s phase)

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Pastry Brush
8 ½ x 11 Baking Dish

How to make Easy Delicious Ribs:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the rack of ribs in half using a very sharp chef’s knife. Trim any excess fat that you see. Starting from a corner on the back side of the ribs, peel off the top layer (membrane) using a paper towel. The paper towel makes it easier to grip. You might have to help get the membrane up with a small paring knife at first. Don’t get frustrated. This is the part that makes a world of difference.
Once you’ve done that to all of the ribs, start seasoning both sides!! We always make a rack with just garlic salt since it’s the most kid friendly. We try to mix up the rest between sweet and spicy.
Once the ribs are seasoned place them in the baking dish. You should be able to get at least 3 half racks per dish. Add the beer or coke to the pan. Don’t pour directly over the ribs or the seasoning might come off. Try to find a little hole to pour it through. You will use about ¾ – 1 can or bottle per pan. You want the ribs only about ⅓ covered with the liquid.
Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and pop in the oven for about 1 hr 45 minutes. You want to be able to bend the ribs easily, but not break them totally in half.
Take the ribs out when they are done and place on a flat baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush on the BBQ sauce generously to both sides. Place on a grill at medium heat for about 5 minutes per side, just enough to give the ribs that wonderful BBQ flavor!! Let sit for about 10 minutes before cutting. Serve, enjoy, and make sure you have a WHOLE lot of napkins!!
BBQ Ribs

Amazing BBQ Ribs

I love Denise but this is where we may have to throw down the gauntlet. Watch for an upcoming recipe for MY ribs and special sauce. You can try them both and decide which one you prefer…just remember though…I may know where you live 😉
– Melissa

Here is a link to Melissa’s rib recipe!!