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