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Jul 4, 2011 06:33 PM

July 4 Barbecue Epic Fail - Ribs

I had a nice little 4th of July cookout this weekend, just some family and friends.

One of my favorite things to make on the grill is pork ribs. I went to a good meat store and asked the butcher to saw a huge slab of ribs in half lengthwise. This makes smaller ribs, easy to eat. I like them this way.

The morning of the barbecue I cooked the ribs in the oven in water and whole peppercorns for about an hour. This makes them good and tender.

Chilled them for about two hours to get the meat good and ready for grilling, then slathered them in red Ah So Sauce, which makes them pinkish and taste like Chinese restaurant spare ribs. Since many people are unfamiliar with Ah So sauce it is treat to have ribs this way, and I was looking forwarded to serving my guests something they may not have had before.

I had two grills going, one gas, one charcoal. My husband came into the kitchen and said the charcoal was ready. I told him I would cook the ribs on t he grill, but he insisted. He was having fun drinking some Old Speckled Hen beer and you know boys with fire....

So I said ok but don't cook them long they are pretty much precooked...

Here are the before and after pictures... as Lucy Ricardo once said, "Charcoal is good for your teeth..."

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  1. Hang his head in shame.

    1. Totally worth the tragedy considering the ammunition you now have against him.

      1. You know, the worst part of this scenario is he denied at the time there was anything wrong with them.

        You are right. I have plenty of ammunition for another time when I need it. And from now on I am Grill Girl, end of story! ;-)

        4 Replies
        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          you should cut the guy some slack. We've all had our moments. At least he enjoyed his OSH (hopefully).
          BTW, what is the object in the lower right hand portion of the plate with the "well-done" ribs?

          1. re: TroyTempest

            He enjoyed his Old Speckled Hen indeed...

            That object is a fatty part of a rib, upside down, char on the bottom.

            1. re: TrishUntrapped

              Oh my goodness! Any type of sauce should only be added in the last five minutes of cooking. Looks like he added it an hour and five minutes earlier :=( Soooo sad, especially since the meat wasn't cheap!!

              1. re: pilotgirl210

                The ribs were pre-cooked in the oven in water and peppercorns. The sauce was brushed on but not cooked until the ribs went on the grill. Although the end results look they were cooking on the grill for hours, sadly it was only minutes. The grill was too hot and I think that was the main problem.

        2. Sorry to see that. I'm guessin' he is pretty hungover today? :-)

          1. as a man..and a fairly decent griller...i apologize on behalf of men everywhere...

            u should take away his grilling tools,and send him back to grill school for some makeup lessons...