Unemployment Ribs

by zydecopaws on July 20, 2011

Part of the fun of being gainfully unemployed is having more time to do things like cooking ribs on a weekday instead of having to wait until the weekend. All of you that spent your day in meetings can proceed to be jealous.

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Not only that, I’m free to experiment since my dinner guests tonight were Pigdog and another buddy that both appreciate my culinary efforts, especially when they involve pork of some sort. This batch was treated to a St. Louis trim, then rubbed with a light amount of my homemade rub mix and finished off with some generic “barbecue spice mix” (mainly because I was too lazy to make up a new batch of rub), then put on the WSM along with all the trimmings. The WSM was set for 225°F and the ribs left to cook for about 2.5 hours until they looked something like this.

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At this point the fun began. The ribs were removed from the grill, smeared with honey and some generic SBR BBQ sauce, then wrapped in foil and put back on the grill for another 1.5 hours. At that point, they were taken out of the foil, spread out on the grill, and brushed lightly with some Big Butz No Butz sauce. To give you an idea of how much was cooked, the picture above was the three St. Louis cut slabs, while the one below is all the trimmings (which I have special plans for, but can’t speak about now).

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The ribs spent about another hour on the grill, and then were joined on the dinner plate by some fresh homemade potato salad, green salad, and some more of those leftover beans. To be safe, we left the doors and windows open after dinner…

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Although I haven’t been a big fan of using the “Texas Crutch” (foil) in the past, I may have to rethink that based on how these ribs turned out. The appearance wasn’t competition quality, but the texture and taste were. In spite of using the No Butz sauce, the ribs weren’t too spicy given how much I backed off on the rib rub.

I’m sure they weren’t too spicy as there is still milk left in my refrigerator…

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Kevin "mmmeat" stewart July 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

that sounds fantastic, and i’ll be joining the club ( again) at the end of the month, last time this happened i built “GRUNTER” this time around maybe i’ll get the SMOKERATOR built!!


zydecopaws July 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

On one hand I’m sorry to hear about it, on the other watching you build the Smokerator ought to be lots of fun.


Bob July 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Wow, those look great, you are certainly working hard in your retirement test period.


zydecopaws July 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I don’t consider it work if I enjoy what I’m doing. Now if I could just find something I enjoy doing that pays…


Old Smoke July 21, 2011 at 9:31 am

Paul……that meal looks great!
Mom taught me to make “yeller” potato salad. It has soooooo much more flavor than that anemic lookin’ stuff…..

“Now if I could just find something I enjoy doing that pays…”

Open a BBQ restaurant….
OK! OK! maybe that was NOT such a great idea
I’m just trying to help ya….. :)


zydecopaws July 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

The yeller potato salad was the result of using very fresh eggs from the neighbor’s chickens (and a bit of dijon mustard). The yolks were extremely yellow when boiled and happily imparted the color to the rest of the dish. And you’re right, there is a lot more flavor than the boring white ones.

You aren’t the first that has suggested that “open a BBQ restaurant” thing, but I worked in fast food many moons ago and watch too many Restaurant Impossible and Kitchen Nightmares shows to go that route. Besides, it has to pay, not suck money out of all my bank accounts… ;)


PigDog July 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

I’d have to say… Those ribs were mighty tasty !!! As a matter of fact, some of the best you’ve made to date. I can’t wait until the next round :)


zydecopaws July 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

Should I take this as a warning that you’re going to come over later today and raid my refrigerator?


GYSC July 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Wonderful cook, but first thing in the morning craving ribs is probably not a good way to go….


zydecopaws July 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

It’s only bad when the cravings hit and you can’t satisfy them…


GYSC July 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

You have a mean streak me thinks….


zydecopaws July 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Tell you what… If you ever find yourself in the Pacific Northwet I’ll cook up a batch just for you.


Chris July 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

Ribs look great. I can take or leave foil. That potato salad looks quite good too, is it previously posted on here somewhere?

Glad you are enjoying retirement, it must be a great feeling.


zydecopaws July 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

I don’t think I ever posted the potato salad recipe, I should probably do that next time I make it.


Ethan August 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

I have found that my gainful unemployment has effected my breakfast as well. This is what happens on a Tuesday morning.


WHO AM I MAKING THAT PRESENTATION FOR? My 4 kids certainly don’t care, and my wife thinks I’m nuts.

Oh well, I liked it and it was really tasty.


zydecopaws August 10, 2011 at 7:26 am

My wife suspected I was nuts before we got married; several years later she is convinced of it, especially whenever the monthly 4-ingredient challenge rolls around. When will these women learn that presentation is part of making good food?


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