Showing posts with label ribs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ribs. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why Coffee is our Secret Ingredient to Making Amazing Baby Back or Spare Ribs by Cleo Coyle


Coffee? Yes! A quick bath in a few simple cups of coffee is our secret for making the most amazingly juicy, tender, and flavorful ribs. The reason? Most marinades contain some sort of acid—vinegar, lemon or other fruit juice, even alcohol. But too much acid makes meat mushy. (Likewise, boiling ribs robs them of flavor and destroys good texture.) But coffee contains just enough acidity to help the tenderizing process, yet preserve the meat’s texture. 


There are two additional ingredients that will help you create spectacular ribs. One is salt. It’s not only a flavor enhancer, it also breaks down the connective tissues, which creates tenderness. Sugar is the final ingredient that helps to evenly brown and caramelize the surface without drying it. Putting it all together, here is our quick and easy, one pan marinade for making heavenly pork ribs...


This recipe will work with baby back ribs (pictured above)
or spare ribs, shown in my photo below...


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A Note from Cleo...

My husband and I love the advantages of doing our ribs this way. A simple bath for one quick hour in a few cups of coffee not only provides a fast, foolproof marinade, it also allows us to have fun experimenting with new barbecue sauces every time we make the recipe. 

We might have a tangy sauce one week, a spicy sauce another week, or try a mustard-based sauce. We enjoy experimenting with new sauces and brands on the market and this recipe allows us to do just that. So have fun and eat with joy! ~ Cleo

Cleo Coyle's
Coffee Ribs

Ingredients:

2 - 4 pounds pork ribs (baby back or spareribs)

2 - 3 teaspoons coarsely ground sea salt or Kosher salt  


1 teaspoon white pepper


2 - 3 cups (or so) brewed coffee, cooled

1 cup (or so) barbecue sauce* with at least one key ingredient (*see below)

*Key Ingredient: Your barbeque sauce will provide the third secret to great ribs—some form of sugar, which promotes the caramelization of the meat’s surface. So look for a BBQ sauce that contains one of the following: sugar,
brown sugar, molasses, corn syrup, or honey.


(1) Right out of the refrigerator, the cold ribs should be placed into a large pan and sprinkled with half of the salt and pepper on all sides. Separate ¼ cup of your BBQ sauce and rub all over the ribs. 


(2) Add the cooled brewed coffee to the pan (as shown below, enough for the rib rack’s bottom to be soaking in it), cover with cling wrap and marinate at room temperature for one hour. At the thirty minute mark, flip the ribs to coat evenly. Do not marinate for longer than 1 hour.




(3) Preheat your oven to 350° F. Place a grilling rack over a roasting pan (as shown in my photo below). Coat your grilling rack with nonstick spray. Remove ribs from marinade, and discard the liquid. Do not rinse the ribs. Once again, you salt and pepper both sides, then place ribs on the grilling rack, fat side up. 

This recipe will work for baby back ribs or spare ribs.
The photo above shows spare ribs ready for the oven...

Cooking process (total time 90 to 100 minutes):

1 - Cook for 20 minutes, fat side up, and flip.

2 - Cook for 20 more minutes, fat side down

3 - Flip ribs over (fat side up again), paint with BBQ sauce, and cook for a third 20 minute period.

4 - Flip the ribs again, paint with sauce, and continue cooking for a fourth 20 minute period.

5 - Flip one more time (fat side up) and apply the rest of your sauce. Kick up the oven to 375° F. and cook 10 to 20 minutes more. 

Coffee Spare Ribs
resting before cutting...

Coffee Baby Back Ribs
resting before cutting... 





WHEN IS IT DONE?

Many pitmasters advise that correctly cooked pork ribs should not have meat falling off the bone (don’t shoot the messenger, but this means they’re over-cooked). When you take a bite, the meat should come off with a slight tug, leaving a clean bone (as shown below)...


The meat should be tender and juicy with a gentle chew (like a good steak). After the ribs are done, let them rest for 15 minutes before cutting to allow juices inside the meat to re-collect, and...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rosemary Barbecue Seasoning #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber + GRILLING THE SUBJECT book #giveaway


Rosemary barbecue seasoning recipe
GRILLING THE SUBJECT Giveaway. See below

But first!

From: Daryl aka Avery

Throughout this year, I have been perfecting my barbecue skills. I had to because Grilling the Subject was coming out in August and it contained barbecue-style recipes: a variety of sauces, barbecue "muffins", Cowboy cookies, and more. I had so much fun taste testing.

But here's one of the reasons I love to barbecue. I don't have to stay in the kitchen to cook. Oh, sure, prep is in the kitchen, but then I get to sit outdoors and read. If you cook slowly, like you have to for ribs so they don't char to smithereens, you get a lot of down time. I adore down time. Reading, sipping wine, thinking about the day, plotting my next murder -- fictional murder,  in a book, not in real life.  Heh-heh.

I find that sitting outdoors really clears my head. I hear the birds. I hear the wind whispering through my wind chimes. I enjoy the changing colors of flowers and such. And Sparky loves it. He doesn't read, but he gets to watch bugs, hug his favorite ball, you get the idea.

For your viewing pleasure, a few photos to help you breathe easier.







By the way, I'm learning a new type of gardening. Succulents. I'm not very good at it yet. I think I overwatered at the beginning, but I'm getting the hang of it. You're supposed to ignore them!  I'm pretty good at ignoring things when it suits me.   LOL



Today, what I'm sharing is the barbecue seasoning recipe that is my go-to recipe. I use it all the time. You can make the dry part of the "seasoning" ahead of time and keep sealed. You add the liquid at the very last. The spices alone will keep for a long time. Enjoy!


ROSEMARY Barbecue Seasoning

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon orange rind
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice (do not add until ready to use)

Directions:

Mix all the seasonings until blended. {This may be stored for quite a while.}

**Do NOT add the lemon juice until ready to use that day. [If you don't have lemon juice, use orange juice.]

For Ribs:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Set your choice of meat (I use 1 ½  to 2 pounds of baby back ribs, but chicken or pork chops will do) on large sheet of foil. Set on top of a long flat baking pan.



Mix the dry seasoning with the lemonade (juice). Rub the wet seasoning on the top of the meat and wrap the foil tightly around it.



  
Set the baking pan in the oven for 2 hours and bake slowly.

Remove from the oven. Remove the ribs the foil.

Then, if you'd like, the ribs can be either be grilled on the barbecue to add extra flavor or broiled to crisp up.  (About 10 minutes - 5 minutes per side.)




The meat will pull apart with your fingers.


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