Monday, April 17, 2017

Brown Sugar Ribs

Instead of guests and our traditional meal - ham, pineapple dressing,  candied yams - since we would be alone, I went with what I felt was a radically different dinner.  Pork, yes.  Ham, no. 

We had Brown Sugar Ribs, baked beans and cole slaw.  We met Brown Sugar Ribs at Hudson House (previously admired and reviewed) and it occurred to me to try to duplicate them.  I haven't cooked ribs in years, but I hadn't forgotten how to do it.

1 rack baby back pork ribs
brown sugar - enough to dry rub the number of ribs
2 T cayenne mixed into the brown sugar

Get out the Big Pot and boil the ribs to get rid of some of the fat. 
Drain and let them cool down a little; dry rub them and put them on a cookie sheet or pizza pan and bake at 325 for 2 hours.   They crisped up well and were juicy inside, too.  And they were minimally fatty.   But:  still greasy enough to make a supply of napkins necessary.

Easter's over, but summer hasn't started yet.  If you don't have a barbecue grill, inside the oven works just fine.   Put out a plate for the denuded bones, but never give them to your dog.  These bones splinter (as do chicken bones) and can lodge in the dog's throat.  If the dog's insistent, just rub his nose with the dry rub.  He/she won't be back for more.

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