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Recipe: big bob gibson’s barbecue ribs

**Warning** It’s a long post, but there IS a recipe at the end.

The road to knowledge has never been so fun. My teaser from a few weeks ago was a quick glimpse into the Rigorous Studies that I and several food bloggers/writers endured in California. Kingsford University’s 3-day program took us from Oakland to Healdsburg for a thorough study in buttermilk fried chicken, charcoal, slow cooked pork insanity ecstasy, Zinfandel, spice rubs, and grilled pizza. As with any university experience, the journey with your classmates and what you learn from them is just as important as the knowledge gained. So let me hit upon the highlights or else we’ll be here all day and all night!

Orientation: Everyone boarded the bus outside The Claremont Hotel and rode to Picán for an evening that started with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres mixer on the patio. I was quite delighted in the parade of pecan and hickory smoked pork ribs, country ham and cheddar hushpuppies, chicken liver pâté and chow chow herbed biscuits, and Louisiana crab toasts because I had eaten one crunchy taco all day in my rush to the Denver Airport. [And thus my dirty little secret was revealed to my fellow food buffs: Jen ate Taco Bell Hell.]


i had never dined in oakland before

these biscuits were morsels of tender, melty wonderment



Eventually we were encouraged to mosey into the private dining room where Diane and I immediately scoped out the best seats for shooting – toward the back and against the wall. Priorities, kids. There was much conversation, much shooting of food porn, and of course heaps of phenomenal food. We were welcomed by Drew McGowan of The Clorox Company (parent company of Kingsford), Chef Dean Dupuis, and pitmaster Chris Lilly.

drew and dean introduce themselves and oakland to the group

first course: famous buttermilk fried chicken

first course: choice of shrimp and grits or southern caesar (this was diane’s shrimp and grits)

entrées: choice of grilled berkshire pork shoulder (that’s what i chose)

or grilled loch duarte salmon (what jen selected)

dessert: pear upside down cake

chris talks with picán’s fabulous event manager, miriam



On the bus ride back to the hotel, Chris Lilly sat next to me. I love Chris Lilly. He immediately struck me as a warm, friendly, and down-to-Earth kinda guy. Pitmaster. Wait a second, make that ten time world champion pitmaster and executive chef of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q. What does that title say to you? It says “badass” to me. He is the Yoda of barbecue, but he didn’t make us do handstands while sitting on our feet as we tried to levitate the X-wing fighter out of the swamp. Chris was a far kinder master and had Luke been hanging out with Chris instead of Yoda, he wouldn’t have complained about the food… not a peep.

Charcoal 101: The next morning, I managed to wake up early enough to squeak in a workout (after wandering about the grounds of the Claremont in search of the fitness facilities) before we had to load up onto the bus and head over to The Clorox Tech Center where we were greeted with breakfast before sitting down for presentations given by the Kingsford research and development team and an unveiling of their latest product. Our group wasn’t shy at all and many of us piped up with questions, engaged in good discussion with the Kingsford folks as well as with Chris (he’s not a pitmaster for nothing, kids). I’m a gas griller for many reasons the main one being fear of burning down the state of Colorado. My fear has always been rooted in ignorance – my ignorance of how to grill using charcoal properly. Every minute I learned about charcoal at a more fundamental level (think engineering and physics) and in terms of what cooks are looking for, the more comfortable I was with the idea of charcoal grilling.


i dig the lectures

chris discusses what he looks for in charcoal performance



After the presentations, we filed over to the test facilities where Kingsford checks product quality and tests small-scale production and then into the courtyard for a head to head grill off with a competitor charcoal.

Of course, I always approach things with some skepticism – that’s how I’ve been trained. And now we come to it: charcoal or gas? I don’t think anyone disputes which one produces better flavor, that would be charcoal. It’s hard to beat a gas grill for ease of cleanup and maintenance. But let’s talk about environmental concerns both at the source and at the output. Before we can address the source, I should give a little background information.


waiting to reach 70% ash-coated

discussing ideal grilling techniques



The Kingsford process for making charcoal starts with waste wood which are byproducts of other industries. From that waste wood, they produce char under a controlled environment that minimizes the release of volatiles into the air and recycles water and heat. The traditional way of making char and the main method used in South America is to cut down trees and burn the wood in kilns until it has become char. Not only is this method inefficient and damaging to the environment, but it produces char that doesn’t burn efficiently. The majority of other charcoal producers source their char from other countries where restrictions on cutting forests are loose to non-existent. The bulk of Kingsford’s charcoal is char, but it is also mixed with coal (I’m not sure of the percentage), and small amounts of borax, sodium nitrate, cornstarch, and limestone.

kingsford going head to head with the competitor charcoal

the “other” brand couldn’t even move the temperature gauge



Wood is a renewable resource, coal is not. Propane is not a renewable resource. So in terms of renewability, charcoal has the advantage. However some folks use lighter fluid to get their charcoal started which is the same class as propane – not renewable (I am not a fan of lighter fluid, I have always used a chimney to light my coals in the past). Now let’s look at the byproducts. Propane burns more cleanly than charcoal. When propane burns completely, its byproducts are water vapor and carbon dioxide. Charcoal produces ash, soot (airborne carbon), and trace heavy metals (from the coal, although I don’t recall if Kingsford volatilizes their coal before incorporation into the charcoal) in addition to water vapor and carbon dioxide. It’s not surprising that charcoal doesn’t burn as cleanly, because it is intended for burning at lower temperatures, it is not a pure hydrocarbon, and it is not aerosolized. Keep in mind, water vapor and carbon dioxide are greenhouse gases. The difference between the carbon released by burning charcoal and the carbon released by burning propane is that the charcoal-sourced carbon is adding substantially less net carbon into the carbon cycle than propane-sourced carbon.

brooke documents the grill-off



Another byproduct of charcoal is ash. I had originally thought that the ash would be great to add to our compost, but the general consensus among gardeners is that you shouldn’t add charcoal ash to compost unless it is 100% wood char. Coal and other additives in charcoal can alter the pH of your soil and coal also has a nasty habit of carrying trace heavy metals which you probably don’t want to be adding to your soil.

the new product produces less ash



Which is more efficient? Hands down propane is more efficient which means it produces more energy (heat) than charcoal per unit mass. Which should you choose? Well, it’s probably far more complicated than the few points I’ve touched on here. From a cook’s point of view, charcoal is the time-honored way to go. There are many other factors to weigh when making your decision.

That said, Kingsford’s latest product (to be released in January 2010) is a new formula that uses more wood char, less coal, and produces less ash. They claim their new formula “reduces CO2 emissions by 11,000 metric tons per year… uses 57 fewer tons of coal per day or 10% less non-renewable resources per year.” Kingsford dominates the US charcoal market (something on the order of 70-80%); they could conceivably do whatever they wanted and purchase cheap char (at a high environmental cost) from abroad. I’m impressed that the company invests as much time and resources in finding as sustainable a solution as possible while juggling customer demands and their bottom line.

In wine country: After a lunch of fried chicken and brisket sandwiches, the whole gang shipped off for Healdsburg, California. I got to bond with the cool kids in the back of the bus for the two-hour trip like Todd and Diane, Shauna and Danny, and John and Michele. When we arrived at the Hotel Healdsburg, we were given our keys and a few hours of free time before we had to meet up again.


in the lobby

a quiet little courtyard on my floor

why hello, big big bathtub!

i’ve shown the room before, but it’s simply too lovely not to share again



Reminiscent of the scene from The Graduate when Dustin Hoffman pounds on the glass over the chapel as Elaine is getting married, I spied from a glass walkway Todd, Diane, and Brooke hanging out in one of the courtyards below. We burned up an hour walking around the charming town center. By dusk, the lot of us walked over to Seghesio Family Vineyards. We were warmly greeted at the door by their fine staff, members of the Seghesio family, and a 2008 Arneis.

the shop front

barrels in the cellar



Peter Seghesio, the CEO of the winery, invited us upstairs for a dinner prepared by their executive chef, Jon Helquist. The meal included Chris Lilly’s barbecued pineapple sweet ribs, grilled Tuscan-style young hens, slow roasted butternut squash, Sonoma Coast wild mushrooms and leeks in parchment, grilled fingerling potatoes, autumn lettuces, and garden carrots with Chioggia beets. On the table were three Zinfandels: 2007 Rockpile, 2007 Home Ranch, and 2007 Old Vine.

pineapple sweet ribs

dear jen poses the hens for me

delectably sweet vegetables



There were many welcomes, toasts, and a great story told by Uncle Ed before we finished the meal and slowly wandered out onto the deck then down into the courtyard where a tent had been set up. School was in session and this time Chris Lilly was going to instruct us on how to make flawless pork butt (shoulder). He had about 70 pounds of pork butt on the table and explained his method for low and slow cooking (low temperature for 12-14 hours).

watching as the master reveals some secrets

injecting liquid into the pork

chris sprinkles the rub while eric looks on

loading up the coal



The rest of the evening was spent roasting marshmallows over pit fires and eating s’mores while the Steve Pile band played. Back at the hotel room, there was a package on my bed including a cookbook by Chris Lilly. I can’t tell you how giddy I felt flipping through that book despite having stuffed myself of barbecue, vegetables, and s’mores that night. With a few hours the following morning, Jen and I walked down to the local bakery to join our pals and then we were back to the Seghesio Winery for class.

perfect fall weather in california



Split into two groups, my group went to the wine blending class first where we tasted and then blended our own Zinfandel under the instruction of Peter and the Seghesio enologist, Andrew. We bottled and sealed our wine to keep (not to open for at least 6 months)!

tasting

corking

peter and cathy, a charming and delightful couple



Come lunchtime, everyone gathered around the table to watch as Chris presented us with the pork butts that had been slow cooking overnight. To see and appreciate the entire process, you really need to view John’s video!

removing the bone while brooke and shauna take pictures

gently pushing the pork into a pile of tender, juicy, goodness



We all ate the pork in slider buns with coleslaw. If pork butt was not my favorite part of the pig already, it certainly was by the end of this trip. When lunch was over, we swapped classrooms and my group went upstairs for a class on spice rubs taught by Chris. He gave us basic guidelines and then let us loose at the five stations to make our own, tasting a pinch of each one to assess if we had done right by our master. I got a thumbs up!

my spice rub had hints of star anise, ginger, garlic, and onion



There were a few hours of free time and several of us decided to visit some of the local wineries. I forgot that while our leaves in Colorado were pretty much changed and stripped by the end of September, it was peak fall colors in California wine country. We were driven through fields of vines painted in greens, golds, and brilliant reds until we arrived at Michel Schlumberger Wine Estate. Jim Morris graciously gave us a tour of the grounds and then a tasting of their organic wines.

brooke in the courtyard

my second autumn this year

tasting



On the ride back to the hotel, Tamar, Jen, Lenny, and I laughed and joked with our driver while Brooke fell asleep on my shoulder (she falls asleep in moving cars). For our final night in Healdsburg, we trickled onto the grounds of the Seghesio winery after sunset to see a grilled pizza demo by Chris. I think he worked harder than anybody else this whole trip, but Chris never made it look like work – he always made it look like art. After he grilled and served up a phenomenally good Indonesian-inspired grilled shrimp pizza, we were led to a half dozen pizza stations to grill our own.

chris preps

everyone films or photographs

eric, the pro



As our pizzas came off the grill, staff members invited us into the cellar for a veritable feast of our grilled pizzas, butter lettuce and smoked trout salad, grilled fennel with capers and green olives, barbecued fresh shelling beans, and radicchio and pear salad with hazelnuts and blue cheese. The accompanying wines: 2008 Fiona, 2007 Cortina Zinfandel, 2007 Barbera, and a 2006 Venom. The table extended nearly the entire length of the cellar. The space vibrated with energy, friendship, and toast after toast.

sitting down to our last meal together

salute!



Dessert came in the form of a perfectly delicate quince and huckleberry crostada with crème fraiche. I was leaving on the 6 am bus for San Francisco in the morning, so we bid one another good-bye, safe travels, and promises to stay in touch. I crawled into my hotel bed (which, I have to say, is the BEST freaking bed I have ever slept in) feeling very fortunate to have connected with so many wonderful people – friends. AND I actually remembered to bring my book to dinner to have Chris sign it. Thanks to Kingsford, Chris Lilly, and Seghesio Winery for this terrific and educational trip.

For other recaps on Kingsford University, do visit:
The Bachelor Guy
Food Wishes
Food Woolf
Pork, Knife, and Spoon
White On Rice Couple

Full disclosure: My trip (all transportation, lodging, meals) was paid and/or provided courtesy of Kingsford.

So this past weekend, I felt justified in trying a barbecue recipe from Chris’ book seeing as I totally blew off Thanksgiving. We haven’t purchased a charcoal grill yet because we have entered our eight months of Crazy Wind Season. Maybe this summer. In the meantime, we made due with our crappy gas grill.


memorize this cover and then go out and get yerself a copy

mixing up the spice rub



I couldn’t conceivably justify slow cooking a pork shoulder for 12 hours, but a rack of ribs for 4 hours? Hell yeah! I chose the Big Bob Gibson bar-b-q ribs – nothing fancy, just pure barbecue. It calls for a straightforward spice rub and a Memphis-style red sauce. That would be Chris’ championship red sauce.

seasoning with the rub

slow cook over indirect heat in a 250°F grill



For an instant I thought, “I have some extra Mutha sauce in the fridge, maybe I should use that up.” Some little voice inside my head told me to stop screwing around and just try the Memphis red sauce and I’m so glad I did.

mixing up the red sauce

after four hours, the ribs are ready for a paintin’



I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, people get religious about their barbecue. There are so many styles of barbecue in the South: vinegar-based, tomato-based, sweet, spicy, or no sauce at all. I grew up in Virginia and Jeremy’s mom grew up in Tennessee. If there is one thing to get a couple of Southerners chattering away, it is pork. But I’m not the type to go and get my shotgun if someone says one style of ‘cue is better than another. Well, first off, I don’t own a shotgun. The point is I am an equal opportunity lover of barbecue even though I do have my preferences. The love of the pig (and cow and bird) should unite us all… except, I guess for the veggies (I love my veggies too). Besides, I’m CHINESE, how can I be Chinese and not love pork?

juicy and tender



The ribs weren’t quite the meat-falling-off-the-bone tender as I like, but I think that’s because we were gas grilling on our deck in 40°F weather with a breeze. Still, they were pretty spanking good and the rub and sauce were a perfect combination of sweet and spice. You should have seen the smile on Jeremy’s face. Kaweah sat by my chair extending her neck and nose as high into the air as possible to sniff the heavenly aromas. That’s what barbecue is. Heaven. I cannot wait to try more recipes from this awesome book. It’s not just a cookbook, but it’s barbecue wisdom and barbecue lore imparted by the great ten time world champion pitmaster, Chris Lilly. Thank you, Chris.

i’d fight you for this plate



Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Ribs
[print recipe]
from Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book by world-champion pitmaster Chris Lilly

1 slab St. Louis-cut pork spareribs
1 batch dry rub
2 cups Memphis-style championship red sauce

dry rub
2 tbsps (14 g) brown sugar
1 tbsp (7 g) paprika
1 1/2 tsps (9 g) kosher salt
1 tsp (2 g) black pepper
1/2 tsp (3 g) garlic salt
1/2 tsp (3 g) onion salt
1/2 tsp (2 g) celery salt
1/2 tsp (1 g) cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp (1 g) ground cumin

memphis-style championship red sauce
1 1/4 cups (12.5 oz/355 g) ketchup
1 cup water (8 oz/235 g) water
3/4 cup (6 oz/170 g) vinegar
3/4 cup (6 oz/170 g) tomato paste
3/4 cup (4.5 oz/135 g) brown sugar
2/3 cup (7.75 oz/220 g) corn syrup
1/2 cup (4 oz/ 170 g) pure maple syrup
4 tbsps (1.5 oz/100 g) honey
3 tbsps (2.25 oz/60 g) molasses
4 tsps (25 g) salt
4 tsps (.75 oz/20 g) Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp (.75 oz/25 g) applesauce
1 1/2 tsps (.25 oz/8 g) soy sauce
1 1/2 tsps (.25 oz/5 g) liquid smoke
1 tsp (4 g) onion powder
3/4 tsp (2 g) cornstarch
1/2 tsp (1 g) dried mustard powder
1/2 tsp (1 g) cayenne powder
1/2 tsp (1 g) black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp celery seed
1/8 tsp ground cumin

Make the rub: Combine all rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well. I like to put the rub in a shaker with large holes (because the brown sugar always clumps) to shake onto the meat.

Make the red sauce: Place all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and stir with a whisk to mix well. Bring the pot to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let the sauce cool. You can store it in a tightly covered jar or container in a refrigerator for up to two weeks. Makes 4 cups.

Make the ribs: Remove membrane from the back of the ribs. Shake the rub onto the ribs – don’t be stingy! I used all of the rub on one rack of ribs. Be sure to press the rub onto the ribs so that it sticks. If using charcoal or wood, place the coals on one side of the grill leaving the other side empty. If using gas, turn on only one side of burners. Heat your gas or charcoal grill to 250°F. Put the rack of ribs on the part of the grill that isn’t over direct heat with the meat side up. Cook with this indirect heat method (covered) for 4 hours or until the ribs are tender. Remove the ribs to a plate or pan and paint them with the red sauce. Return the rack (or racks – speaking from experience, if you have the space, by all means cook more than one!) to the grill, again over indirect heat, and cook for another 20 minutes at the same temperature. When the ribs are ready, remove them, slice them up and serve.

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  1. Memoria says:

    Man, that sauce and rub look intense. I must bookmark this recipe. I don’t make much bbq, but this recipe just might change my mind.

    Lovely photos. It looks like you had a great time. I love the photo of the long table in the cellar. Wow.

  2. Nate says:

    I don’t know whether to kiss you or curse you for sharing your weekend with us. Because while it certainly looked amazing and wonderful, it really, really hurts me to not have been there. Maybe even more than not being at the Foodbuzz Festival.

    Anyway, the ribs look great but they’re missing the smoke ring. Next time, try adding a foil pouch or two of smoke wood chips on top of the burners. Hope you do get that charcoal grill (or better yet, a Weber Smokey Mountain) next year!

  3. Y says:

    *groan* What a mouthwatering post. The ribs, my ribs, those ribs, my god, those ribs..! (yes, babbling incoherently now)

  4. emhuze says:

    Thanks for the great tour!

  5. The Italian Dish says:

    What a post. Totally enjoyed the whole thing.

  6. Kristin says:

    Wow. That looks like an amazing trip. I don’t usually want to call an airline & make reservations after looking at people’s pictures, but this time I do. That pork butt Chris had is much prettier than mine is when it’s raw, but the end product looked the same…whew! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Fiona says:

    Excellent! We had ribs for TG, and they were only ok – perhaps I should go buy a book.

    It’s been Use Real Butter Freakout over here, BTW. I’ve made your chocolate-hazelnut biscotti and the dough for the raspberry thumbprint cookies (have to make those today) and I made short ribs from your recipe last night. So our tummies thank you for the weekend of bliss.

  8. Phoo-D says:

    What an incredible trip! Such great food, wine, and company! We recently switched over to 100% wood char and a ceramic grill and I’ll never go back. The ribs and cookbook look awesome. I think they’ll make a perfect x-mas gift for Mr. B!

  9. Bri says:

    What a wonderful trip! So glad you were able to go and had such a fantastic time!

  10. Diane says:

    Brilliant re-cap of an extraordinary trip Jen! You helping us relive every educational and delicious moment. Every wonderful photograph brings back the memories. Let go again!! xoxo
    Chimney is definitely our way to grill, certainly can’t stand the taste of lighter fluid. Todd smoked two turkeys for thanksgiving, one with mesquite wood char and the other with the Kingsford competition briquettes. There was definitely a big difference in cooking performance.
    The ribs look amazing, I keep poking my fork into the computer for them ribs!

  11. Iam511 says:

    I really enjoyed the information on coal VS gas, and the tour of all the interesting places you visited. It’s also nice to know how down to earth everyone is, and not just being a “food snob” Even though I wasn’t there, you made this experience seem like I was. I am very happy for you!!!

  12. Laura B. says:

    Thanks for taking us with you on your wonderful journey! I love the Healdsburg area. I recently got married there this past summer. Did the local bakery you visited happen to be Costeaux French Bakery? Thats where we had our wedding cake made and it was the most heavenly thing on earth!

    Anyway, so glad you had an awesome time! I’m hoping to convince my husband soon to go charcoal, but he loves the simplicity of propane.

  13. tigerfish says:

    There is just so much into food and cooking. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it.

  14. Rosa says:

    OMG, I’m drooling! What a great event. Those ribs look fantastic!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  15. Eileen says:

    great write-up, thank you for sharing! I’ve been living in the south for 7 years now – I have yet to attempt any kind of pork bbq… I’m skeert! So thanks for the inspiration :)

  16. Emperatriz says:

    I am a follower of your pretty blog and a big fan of Kaweah!!! Your photos are amazing, I am very impressed because you have the skill to do that everybody looks handsome in your pics, everything in them is really beautiful. Sorry for my English… it is a little hard for me to do redaction. I hope you are very well, and I send a big kiss to the gorgeous Kaweah!

  17. Melissa says:

    What a beautiful opportunity, and such a fabulous trip. Thanks for taking the time to write it up. I too was fascinated by the info from Kingsford regarding the coal. I can’t have a charcoal grill where I live right now (boooo) but it is still my standing preference. I did spend a whoooole lotta years in Texas after all! Someday soon I’ll have one again… *sigh* That sauce for the ribs is somethin’ else and I’d love to be able to really barbecue like that again.

    P.S. Love the post title and the SW refs. Hee.

  18. Stacey Snacks says:

    Wow! that was a long post, but worth it!
    Great pics…thanks for sharing that wonderful BBQ experience with us Jen!

    Stacey Snacks

  19. Erin says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! My husband and I would love those ribs!

  20. Valérie says:

    Wow, this sounds epic! As do your BBQ ribs!

  21. Shoshanna says:

    I learned something about charcoal today; thank you for imparting your knowledge! Will have to buy the book for my husband for Christmas.

  22. Pinky says:

    Those ribs look so mouthwatering! It looks like you had a great trip to our neck of the woods. You were even right across the street from the bakery where I work! The Claremont is such a beautiful place from the outside, I hope it was as lovely inside!

  23. Lori says:

    I love our Weber charcoal grill. So i particularly enjoyed this post. Thank you.

  24. JessW says:

    Oh my heavens, what a wonderful trip! Thank you so much for sharing it with us :)
    Those ribs look simply amazing; I think I am going to change up Christmas tradition and make these this year! Yeah!!

  25. dave says:

    What a post! Whew, and all of it exciting! Thank you for sharing

  26. barbara says:

    Interesting about the charcoal. I once saw an English tv programme on an small back yard producer in the UK. My Webber is charcoal. I have finally found a free range pork producer here so pulled pork is on the menu soon. I discovered most pork in Australia is from pigs in stalls. In NZ I could buy pork with an RSPCA stamp of approval (the pigs were treated humanely). Australia doesn’t have the same system.

  27. Ceiting says:

    that red sauce looks amazing. such a coincidence that i have to prepare the harvard business case about kingsford charcoal for class tomorrow and you’re posting about your fun experience with them!

  28. Mrs Ergül says:

    What a fun and educational trip all in one!! It sure seems like you have picked up many great tips from it! Very cool and very memorable!

    This bbq looks good!

    Oh! I would say 80% of the population here grill with charcoal! But not with any fanciful gadgets. It just a pit with charcoal glowing away with a wire gauze fitted above and people grill away!

  29. Caitlin says:

    I’ll totally fight you for that plate. Hell, I’m scrappy. I could totally take you.

  30. Tamar says:

    Jen! After all that, you gotta get yourself a charcoal grill! (But, I have to say, your ribs look pretty tasty regardless.) What a great trip it was.

  31. Manggy says:

    Oh my gosh, thanks so much for the summary of what you learned about grills. Truth is I’ve never really thought about it, but then again neither do I use grills all that often. In the Philippines the only option for most households is charcoal, but I doubt producers care about the environment (we lose a lot of rainforest). I wish they could be as conscientious as Kingsford.
    Lighter fluid, I’ve heard, gives food a weird taste. Haven’t done a side-by-side though! Ash can be used to make lye water for dim sum use. Haven’t tried that either :)
    I am all for the sweet (molasses)-spicy (a MUST)-fruity-Asian sauces! :)

  32. Adelina says:

    HOLY SMOKE!!! I’m infinitely jealous of what you had learned here!!! The last picture probably summed up your trip pretty well!

  33. jenyu says:

    Nate – without having been at the FoodBuzz festival, I can assure you that THIS kicked FoodBuzz in the ‘nads.

    Fiona – I have a couple of bbq books and I dare say this one is probably my favorite.

    Diane – if you’re there, then yes, I will go again and again :)

    Laura B – it was the Downtown Bakery, but now I know of another to visit next time I’m there. What a gorgeous little town! Congrats on your recent wedding!

    Emperatriz – thank you :) Kaweah sends kisses right back (she’s very friendly like that)

    Melissa – ah yes, my sister in geekdom :) xoxo

    Barbara – pork is certainly tougher to get similar stamps than beef and chicken in our country too.

    Tamar – we totally will, after wind season ends in May!

    Manggy – they say if the lighter fluid burns completely, there shouldn’t be any odd tastes to the food, but… having seen a lot of people douse their charcoal with far too much lighter fluid, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did get a funny taste.

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  35. Kaitlin says:

    When my grandma told me that she wanted to serve ribs at her Memorial Day party, I thought of this recipe immediately. I was so happy she agreed that they looked good and that she asked me to make them because they turned out so well! The sauce did perfectly compliment the saltiness of the meat, and I was thrilled when mine came off the grill completely fall-off-the-bone tender. Not that this is a difficult recipe, but I must say – that was very gratifying :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! It really made Grandma’s day :)

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    I printed the recipe for Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Ribs. Then I went to the supermarket to get all of the ingredients not available in my kitchen. This isn’t a half-hour job – it took me most of the day to get everything and make the sauce, prep the ribs, etc. I fired up my Weber Q 320 Gas Grill and cooked them as specified. For the first time with this recipe, they came out pretty good. Maybe better the next time. No, I didn’t cook them with charcoal,but they still turned out ok. Thanks for this outstanding post.

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