WRITTEN ON September 14th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Pork

Hello, my long lost friends!  I’m sorry to have been away for so long.  Two whole weeks.  I have the most horrible case of Irish guilt right now.  Did you think I’d forgotten you?  Never!  It’s just that, well, I’d forgotten you.  I was on vacation and left technology behind. Have you ever tried that?  If not, I’d highly recommend it.  No email, no computer, no phones…I didn’t even turn on the news.  It was perfect.  One thing I did not leave behind, however, was eating well.  Like these ribs, for instance. They are easy as pie and perfect for a crowd.  They fall off the bone and leave you delightfully messy and looking for more. You can leave them in the oven all day and head out to the beach.  When you come back for cocktails, dinner is almost ready.  Talk about max relaxation…serve with fresh slaw and a farmstand pie and you have a mouth-watering, easy meal that tastes great and requires minimal effort.  Try them this week as a farewell to summer. Fall officially arrives on the 22nd!  And make sure to look for lots of new posts from yours truly. I’m back in action!

Melt in your mouth

Melt in your mouth

St. Louis Style Ribs (serves 2)
1 rack St. Louis style pork ribs (this refers to the way they are cut.  Ask your butcher to trim a rack of spare ribs for you to make them St. Louis style.  You can use baby back, but they are leaner and have less meat, so will not be as tender or flavorful)
¼ cup dark brown sugar
2 tbsp paprika
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
½ cup BBQ Sauce
2 tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 325. Combine all dry ingredients to create a rub.  Place ribs in two layers of heavy duty aluminum foil, rub all sides with dry rub.  Wrap tightly in foil, place on a sheet tray.   Bake in oven for 3.5-4 hours.  Remove from oven, check to see that they are tender and falling off the bone.  Heat grill to medium.  Unwrap ribs but leave in foil (just open the top of the foil so that air can get in).  Combine BBQ sauce and butter, baste ribs liberally with sauce using a brush.  Place on grill, still in foil but with top opened.  Close lid of grill, cook about 5 minutes.  Baste with more sauce, cook 5 minutes more, until the sauce is sticky and glaze-like on the ribs.  Serve with lots of napkins.

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