Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Yes, it is that time of year for outdoor barbecues!  Why, you ask?  Well, where I live….it is nearing “hell” temperatures, and if you don’t know what that means……it is time to cook outside, so the heat of the oven inside the house doesn’t make it uncomfortable.  The poor air conditioner (or in our case air conditioners), are working at full capacity….just to keep the temperature at a somewhat comfortable 77 degrees.

Now back to the cooking.  As you may or may not know, I have a love/hate relationship regarding cooking….sometimes I love it, most of the time I hate it.  To explain that, I have been cooking for longer than I would like to admit

(because I made the mistake of marrying someone who doesn’t cook at all….not even the barbecue thing, which is usually the mens’ specialty…..ah…but not mine).

So….I am also the expert barbecuer besides being the full-time chef.   And I have to admit, I am an excellent cook (think about all those years of practice and experience).

Side note:  I’m a book lover, so of course have many different cookbooks at my disposal.

When I do feel the mood to cook, I like to try new spices, sauces, and actually prefer to make my own marinades, as I don’t like  a lot of additives in my food, am really big on organic, and I don’t want alot of crap in my body.

Another side note:  I am skeptical of new “sweetners” that the FDA approves, and I avoid them whenever possible (because they put that stuff in all the pre-made easy mixes, cookies, chips and whatever else they can think of).  I am certain that I get headaches from whatever is in “Splenda“.  I’m getting off subject, and will need to do a different post addressing this at another time.

Back to barbecuing!  I have an excellent marinade and sauce that can be used for Pork, Beef, or Chicken.  Because I don’t eat red meat, the meat I chose was pork ribs.

Meat:  3 1/2 pounds pork spareribs


  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (whatever your favorite, like Louisiana or Tabasco)
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar

When making the sauce, mix the liquid ingredients then add the spices.  Cook stirring over low to medium heat for 5 minutes until well blended.  Let it cool, then separate half  in a bowl or jar for later.

Use remaining sauce to coat the ribs and marinate for several hours (for best results, marinate over night in refrigerator).

The ingredients before mixing

Barbecue sauce done cooking

I decided not to use the gas grill, and opted for the charcoal grill, as I wanted to cook over low and indirect heat.

The meat will take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours to cook completely, and should be at a temperature between 225 to 235 degrees Fahrenheit.

The spareribs covered in barbecue sauce.

Because I didn’t marinate over night, I chose to grill the ribs wrapped in foil with some sauce on them.  You may barbecue the ribs bones facing down without the sauce, then when they are almost done, add sauce to help flavor and keep it moist. If you cook the ribs directly (not in foil), you will want to turn them frequently.

Right before the meat is done, warm up the sauce that you saved for dipping the meat in when eating it.

Voila! They are done!

They look  yummy!!!

Ready to eat.....

Bon Appetit!

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7 things about me.

So I was one of twelve people elected by Redriverpak to provide some interesting details about myself. I don’t know that I have as many “humiliating” things as he had on his list, but I would say my list falls under “quirky” or “weird” facts about me. So here you go….

    1. I am a germ-o-phobe – I don’t like shaking hands with people, or touching door knobs, or coughing, hacking, sneezing people….I avoid them like a plague. Because of my obsession with germs, I am constantly washing my hands. You too would be obsessed if you read this book, “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston. It is based on a true story.

    2. I am a true believer in the following: Great minds discuss ideas, Average minds discuss events, Small minds discuss people.

    The “discuss people” thing is referring to gossip, and gossip is not important news of any kind.  People who are fascinated by such aren’t very smart.

    3. I’m afraid of scorpions…..as sometimes I find them in our home. They probably look more menacing than they really are (I’m assuming this), but I have been fortunate to have not been stung by one yet..…(knock on wood). I am also afraid of sharks….you will never find me surfing in the ocean, or even kayaking in the ocean…..yes….people get eaten by great white sharks while kayaking.

    4. I am disillusioned by my thinking that I will someday be very successful as an artist, or author. I am somewhat talented with graphic arts, but REAL art….hmmmm….I doubt it , and writing….well, other than having some articles published in local newspapers….nobody is pounding on my door with any great offers.

    5. I have never, and probably will never buy a Starbucks coffee. I refuse to pay $5 for a cup of coffee, that is just like throwing money away. The same thing applies to purses….I don’t have a Dooney & Burke, and probably never will….I refuse to pay $400 or $500 for a purse. I also believe it is a waste of money to pay someone to do your fingernails.
    6. The things I would spend money on If I were rich, someone to clean my house, do my grocery shopping, and if I have tons of money to blow….then I would pay someone to cook every once in awhile too. I don’t mind cooking….just not everyday. I really get tired of having to figure out what to cook.

    Another thing I don’t mind spending money on is fine writing instruments….or fountain pens.  There’s something about a fine pen that I cannot explain….but if you haven’t tried one, you just don’t know what you are missing out on.

    7.  I like men to have deep voices….that is sexy to me.  I cant think of a bigger turn-off when a cute guy/man…. starts talking and sounds like a girl….you know what I’m talking about so quit laughing.  This guy here has a sexy voice:

There you go….not really embarrassing things, but like I said earlier, kind of quirky stuff about me.

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