Turn Your Grill into a Smoker and ROCK these Ribs!!!

Happy Father’s Day! Today is the perfect day to do some outdoor “smoking”.  I have owned a propane grill for years, just love it.  But I have always wanted a charcoal grill to get the real charcoal flavor for some types of food. A few weeks ago, I finally made that leap to a charcoal grill!  Last night I attempted my first ever (yes its true) smoked ribs.

Weber Grill

Weber Grill

This has always been my son’s tradition (I think because it gives him an excuse to drink beer….hehehe)

Rob & Cecile smoking ribs

Rob & Cecile smoking ribs

I found this great blog about smoking ribs without a traditional smoker.  See below.  I prefer to use “baby back ribs” instead of “St. Louis” style, also I love Wickers instead of apple juice, has a LOT more flavor.  And here is my recipe for the “rub”:

2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pasilla Chile Powder
½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Cayenne Powder
1 tablespoon Webers® Smokey Mesquite Seasoning
½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Black Pepper
½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Salt

I also prefer to leave the rub on as long as possible, preferably overnight.  One more thing, I wrap my ribs in foil or the first couple of hours of cooking, this is known as Crunching”.

The Texas Crunch

The Texas Crunch

Memphis Style Smoked Ribs

Memphis Style Smoked Ribs

Buon Appetito!

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The secret to great barbecue in your own backyard isn’t necessarily going out and buying all sorts of special equipment. You don’t require a smoker, and you don’t need the huge barbecue…

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BEST Way to Cut a Watermelon

I LOVE watermelon….now with the seedless varieties its even more desirable, no more “spitting the seeds out”! Here is a little history thanks to Wikipedia

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus, family Cucurbitaceae) is a vine-like (scrambler and trailer) flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary, and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

A watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 91% water by weight. As with many other fruits, it is a source of vitamin C.

The amino-acid citrulline was first extracted from watermelon and analyzed.[10] Watermelons contain a significant amount of citrulline and after consumption of several kilograms, an elevated concentration is measured in the blood plasma; this could be mistaken for citrullinaemia or other urea cycle disorders.[11]

Watermelon rinds, usually a light green or white color, are also edible and contain many hidden nutrients[vague], but most people avoid eating them due to their unappealing flavor. They are sometimes used as a vegetable.[12] In China, they are stir-fried, stewed or more often pickled. When stir-fried, the skin and fruit is removed, and the rind is cooked with olive oil, garlic, chili peppers, scallions, sugar and rum. Pickled watermelon rind is also commonly consumed in the Southern US.[13] Watermelon juice can be made into wine.[14]

Watermelon is mildly diuretic[15] and contains large amounts of carotenoids.[16] Watermelon with red flesh is a significant source of lycopene. Preliminary research indicates the consumption of watermelon may have antihypertensive effects.[17]

Now, what’s the BEST way to cut up a watermelon you might ask?  Well, this has been on Facebook and I thought it was brilliant..so here you go.  Start out with a cutting board and a sharp knife.   Cut your watermelon in half lengthwise, then cut widthwise.

Watermelon

Watermelon

Next, make one-inch slices widthwise and then lengthwise, see below….photo 2You now have a watermelon that is so easy to eat, a great snack for anyone to grab and go.

Grab and Go Watermelon

Grab and Go Watermelon

Boun Appetito!