Baby Back Ribs BBQ

12 Feb

I have been sick all week. Coughing, runny nose, sore throat, can’t sleep sick. And the weather has been more beautiful than it has been in over two months (as far as I can remember). So of course I’m a little bit bitter. Today I decided to take advantage of the weather and tough out the runny nose and BBQ some ribs.

Now, we by no means eat everything organic or local. I wish. We don’t have the money or the time to really be able to cook every night or buy everything from farmers markets or CSAs.  But we try. One way we try is to buy most of our red meats or special occasion meats from the meat market. The Meat Market is on the UC Davis campus. It’s a program where the animal science majors raise the animals on campus, and then butcher them for units. Since it’s an expensive program, they sell the meat and all the money goes back into the program. So not only are you supporting locally raised meat, but also education! So there is my little plug for meat markets. They aren’t much more than the grocery store and I wouldn’t be surprised if every university with an animal science program has one.

So on this beautiful sunny Friday afternoon I stopped by the meat market and picked up some ribs and used my special super easy sauce to BBQ them up. We actually ate it with the “Chicken and Everything Else Salad” without the chicken in it. Pretty pretty good.

Recipe adapted from Weber’s Real Grilling book.

Baby Back Ribs BBQ

  • 1 tablesppon EVOO
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon pure chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cola
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • rack of baby back ribs
  1. Clean up the ribs if there is excessive fat or the membrane in the back if it’s there.
  2. Spread sauce all over the ribs-focusing mainly on the meaty side.
  3. Grill over direct medium heat for 35-40 minutes, flipping twice. Reapply sauce as needed/wanted.
  4. Transfer the ribs to a plate and cover with aluminum foil, let stand for 10-15 minutes.


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