We have the Mr. to thank for today’s post as he made the most incredible BBQ ribs ever. The homemade sauce in particular was mind-blowing. Make sure to read the hilarious recipe.
Tennessee Whiskey BBQ Sauce: Source (modified slightly by the Mr.)
- 2 cups Jack Daniel’s Black Label or Bourbon
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
- 3 tablespoons dark molasses
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Taste the whiskey to make sure it is up to your standards.
- Pour 1 cup of whiskey into a saucepan and set aside the remaining whiskey.
- Bring the saucepan to a boil and reduce the liquid to about 2 tablespoons. Don’t let the alcohol flame.
- Taste the unused whiskey to make sure it hasn’t gone bad.
- Add 1/2 cup of the whiskey and the other ingredients.
- Simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes and reduce it by about 1/3.
- Use it immediately or bottle it and keep it in the refrigerator for a month or more.
- Drink the remaining whiskey.
Clearly after the Mr. had made this sauce, it was up to me to set the table. A little baker’s twine makes a nice napkin ring! I also made Food & Wine’s delicious Celery and Grilled Grape and Mushroom Salad, which I would highly recommend.
The Mr.’s Chili-Rubbed and Beer-Soaked Ribs. Source.
[Note that this is a bit of a shortcut recipe and that ideally, with a charcoal grill, you would cook them on the grill the whole time.]
- 2 tablespoons hot Mexican-style chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 pounds baby back pork ribs
- 1 12-ounce bottle dark beer
- *Key step* Remove membrane from the back of the ribs.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper in small bowl to blend. Rub spice mixture all over ribs.
- Place ribs in heavy large roasting pan.
- Boil beer in medium saucepan until reduced to 1 cup, about 5 minutes. Pour beer around ribs.Cover pan tightly with foil.
- Bake ribs until fork-tender, 2+hrs.
- If you’re limited to a small grill, prepare barbecue (medium heat). Brush ribs with barbecue sauce. Grill ribs long enough to produce nice crust on exterior, approx 5-10min.
- If you don’t have a grill, turn oven to broil. Brush ribs with bbq sauce. Broil ribs long enough to produce crust on exterior.
- Transfer ribs to platter. Brush ribs with more barbecue sauce.
The Mr.’s ribs obviously stole the show, but I ended the night on a sweet note, thanks to Cook’s Illustrated never fails cheesecake recipe–it’s all about a water bath (keeps it super moist and if you don’t know what that means: it’s when you put the cake pan inside a larger pan and fill it with boiling water while it’s baking) and turning the oven off after cooking and leaving it propped open for an hour with a spoon (prevents cracking).
I hope you all had a festive fourth! We had to work here in HK, but we got Friday off for HK SAR’s 14th anniversary so that was wonderful.