All low calorie diets were cast aside last night as the new 2009 "Rib King" was crowned! After all of the guests had sampled the four, delectable, tasty, mouth-watering entries-- a color coded ballot was filled in with each person's vote for the best all around ribs.
The winner's ribs were s-l-o-w-l-y cooked on the grill using indirect heat for 7-8 hours. The winner's name is Al and he is, besides being Dave's friend and golf buddy....in actuality, a chef by trade (he had worked at Emeril's in New Orleans before heading to New York for more training)....so, he had a bit of an advantage over the rest of us "amateurs".
While three of the entries were baby back ribs, Al cooked regular spare ribs. They were really cooked to perfection with a light coating of his incredible sauce dripping off of the tender and juicy ribs. "So much for my cholesterol readings," I thought to myself as I chowed down on Al's ribs. Mmmm, they were good.
That is not to take away from the rest of the pack...each entry was pretty delicious and unique. Dave's were so tender that the meat just fell off of the bone when he tried to cut them apart. Very tasty, as usual for him. He's still my Rib King! : )
We had an array of sauces to compliment, not only the ribs, but the pork butt that Dave slow- cooked for hours. It was "melt-in-you-mouth".
The other side dishes were broccoli slaw, potato salad, cheese bread and good old baked beans. For dessert I baked some huge chocolate chip cookies and made ice cream sandwiches with them. It was quite a feast...and, a lot of fun!
...back to our normal, healthy diets.......
...as soon as we finish the leftovers! (tough job, but someone's got to do it!)
(tough job, but someone's got to do it!)