Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Secrets, BBQ and Men

I was shooed out of my own kitchen the other night. It was 9:40 P.M. and Mr. Incredible was concocting a version of his favorite BBQ sauce: Gates Bar B.Q. from Kansas City, Missouri, home of the best BBQ. Yes, I said it. Simmer down Texans. You make some awesome brisket. But let's save that for another post.

Was the secrecy really all that necessary? Sharing is caring I told him. And that's when I got lectured forever about BBQ and men. I'll spare you the details because I'm sure you're strapped for time and also because I was only partially listening. He explained that men judge other men on two things. One is their grilling ability slash BBQ-ing skills. Two are their chili making abilities. The rest of the skills, you know, like nunchuk skills, bow hunting skills, and computer hacking skills do not apply here. Those are reserved for impressing the opposite sex. Because everyone knows girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.

A man who already possesses decent grilling skills must then create a signature sauce. A sauce he can call his own and hopes that one day he can snicker in the faces of those who ask for this special recipe. "Alright, I get it," I said and had a taste. It was surprisingly good. Sweet, tangy, peppery with a bit of heat at the finish. It was the perfect accompaniment to the beef ribs I prepared the next night. Unfortunately, I was unable to coerce Mr. Incredible into giving me his recipe, so I'm hoping the pictures of these delectable beef ribs make up for it (fingers crossed). 

Ribs marinating in lemon juice, a little soy sauce, and pepper. The ribs are then covered and baked in a 350 degree oven for 1.5 to 2 hours until tender.

The ribs brushed with Mr. Incredible's signature sauce. Then placed under the broiler until the sauce is dark and caramelized. 

Ribs are turned over, sauced again and returned to broiler to brown.

Finished ribs served with jasmine rice and sauteed zucchini.


  1. I think the big secret is that men love BBQ, because I was mesmerized by your first picture and after a few minutes I came to and realized that I was hungry and wanted ribs for breakfast!! sigh...
    what an incredible rib recipe, and your images are spectacular!

  2. Thanks Chef Dennis! Mmmm...ribs for breakfast with garlic fried rice and an over easy egg on top. Sorry, just thinking out loud ;)

  3. "...also because I was only partially listening." Hilarious.

    I agree with Chef Dennis that the BBQ looks freaking delish and with you both that it would have made an excellent breakfast.

    Mmm...BBQ breakfast.

  4. WOW! This looks fabulous! My husband is always looking for and trying new rib recipes - I'll definitely be passing this along! I know he'll want to try it! Thanks :)

    Delightful Bitefuls

  5. These ribs look great! I just made some a few days ago for the second time ever. I wish I had the time to allow mine to cook for two hours in the oven, but I didn't. But, I did have mine with rice, too!

    I like marinating meats in lemon and soy sauce--reminds me of filipino beef steak, one of my favorites!

  6. Hello,

    What cut of beef did you use to prepare these ribs?


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