My son, Marc, is home for a visit from Victoria. I thought he might like ribs for dinner, since his girlfriend is a vegetarian and he probably doesn’t cook ribs for himself that often. I pulled some beef ribs out of the freezer, looked up a recipe, and proceeded with preparations for Crushed Peppercorn and Orange Glazed Ribs. There was a dry rub involved, and then a marinade.  The ribs were supposed to cook slowly with occasional basting. Sounded simple enough.

I put the ribs on the bar-b-que and noticed them smoking a bit, but figured they were just burning off a little of the sugar in the marinade. WRONG. I didn’t check them because

1. they were on med. heat,

2. they were supposed to cook for 90 minutes, and

3. I got busy doing something else!

So after 30 minutes when I went to baste the the ribs, imagine my surprise when I lifted the lid to find 2 racks of roaring firewood. At least that’s what it looked like!  It wasn’t a flare up fire burning from below that would char the bottom of the ribs. No – this was 2 racks of ribs burning for all they were worth. I havent seen anything like it since bonfires at Camp Inuspi. All I could do was turn off the heat and laugh.  Then I went to the grocery store and picked up some nice boneless pork chops to throw into the remaining marinade. They took 8 – 10 minutes to cook, which I managed without incident. I left the ribs outside until they quit smoking and then brought them inside for their photo shoot. Here’s what they looked like:-

beef ribs burned beyond recognition
these were beef ribs just 30 minutes earlier

I believe the expression is, “You Win Some, You Lose Some.”

3 thoughts

  1. Hi,

    I work for The Food Network on the show The Kitchen and would like to ask to potentially use your charred ribs photo on one of our segments. The segment is called #foodfails, this is where the hosts are shown photos of failed recipes and they give tips on why it happened and how to correct it.

    If you would be interested in helping us out please email me at for more information.


    Josh King
    Production Assistant
    The Food Network


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