Memorial Day Ribs 2015 – Don’t Mess With Success

I started thinking about my Memorial Day ribs back on May 1st. It’s a tradition now. I’ve made ribs on Memorial Day weekend for five years! I think last year’s ribs were the best, so I don’t want to mess with success. This year I’ll oven-bake them first, then finish them outside in a smoke-filled grill; weather permitting.

Although Memorial Day Memphis Style sounds cool, I can stop calling them Memphis style because they’re more of a combination of Central Texas style and dry, Memphis style ribs. There’ll be some kind of thick, tomato-based sauce on the table if we need it. We like Sweet Baby Ray’s.

The new phrase this year is “dry brining.” Basically dry brining is lightly salting the meat 1 to 2 hours before cooking. Last year, Meathead (remember him from AmazingRibs.com) removed the salt from his Memphis Dust rub recipe. Now he applies a dry brine for 2 hours then rubs the ribs with Memphis Dust.

Ingredients

(Meat)
3 slabs (~10 lbs) of St. Louis cut spare ribs

(Rub)
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 teaspoons cumin powder

(Charro beans)
1 lbs pinto beans
1 yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
1/2 lbs bacon

(Coleslaw)
1 lbs bag coleslaw mix
mayonnaise
buttermilk
white sugar
cider vinegar
lemon juice
salt
pepper

(Potato salad)
5 lbs Russet potatoes
mayonnaise
dill relish
sweet relish
yellow mustard

Make the sides

Vincent made charro beans.

Katie made coleslaw.

Barbie made potato salad.

Bake the ribs in the oven (4 hours)

Wash off the ribs, take off the membrane, and coat them with a thin layer of kosher salt; use about 1/4 teaspoon per pound. While the ribs are brining, mix the rub ingredients together. After an hour, apply the rub and put the ribs in a 250 F oven uncovered, bone-side down, for 2 hours.

Take the ribs out, brush them with barbecue sauce, wrap them in aluminum foil, and put them back in the oven for another 2 hours. Now take the ribs out, carefully unwrap them, and check if the bones pull away from the meat. If not, wrap them up, put them in the oven, and come back and check on them again in 15 minutes. When the bones start to slide they’re ready for the grill.

Finish them on the grill (15 minutes)

You can finish them under the broiler in the oven or in a covered grill (outside). If you want to finish them in the oven, paint them with sauce, lay them in a baking pan, bones down, uncovered, about 6 inches from the broiler for 10 minutes.

If you want to finish them with a smokey grill, prepare the grill for indirect heat. When the temperature stabilizes (no flames with charcoal) place wood chips on the coals/flames. Place the ribs on the opposite side the grill from the coals/flames. Smoke the ribs for at least 15 minutes (YMMV). Check internal temperature or pull on the bones every 5 minutes.

Remember – Memorial Day isn’t about sales, or parties, or bbq. Memorial Day is about remembering fallen veterans.

Vlog Everyday October 2014 | Day 30

“Three Bullet Points”

1] Our cyber security campaign was a success. It got nearly 6000 sessions. Tomorrow is the official end of the campaign, but we decided to let it roll over to Monday.

2] Speaking of tomorrow – Halloween – it’s the last day of October and thus the last day of Vlog Every Day (in) October. I can’t say I’ll miss having to come up with ideas of what to talk about or producing video.

3] OMG TripIt – the trip help app – is getting creepy close to me. The Wife made a hotel reservation today (using my Honor’s number & email address) and they sent me a confirmation email. Well TripIt “saw the email” and told me “we noticed your email and added it to your itinerary.” That’s a little too personal.

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Vlog Everyday October 2014 | Day 29

“One Bullet Point”

1] My busy week continues. I ate lunch at McDonalds – they ripped me off and I had a fly as a dining companion. I’m never going back to that place. Then I early voted. Then I sat for jury duty for over an hour on the hardest bench ever. The good news was they pleaded and I still got paid $6.

Vlog Everyday October 2014 | Day 28

“Three Bullet Points”

1] So many things are happening this week. I’m trying to write a blog to summarize my High Ed Web conference, and produce this vlog every day in October. I got a flu shot today. I plan on early voting before noon tomorrow, and I have jury duty in the afternoon.

2] Some TV shows are having their season finales while others just started their season a couple weeks ago. Fall sure is the season of change.

3] It’s the countdown to halloween – 3 nights left. It doesn’t feel like halloween. Next year, the Wife said, we’ll do something, but this year is too late – even to pass out candy.

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Vlog Everyday October 2014 | Day 27

“Three Bullet Points”

1] Temperatures in Texas are above “normal” for fall. In Oregon temps were averaging 50 – 60. In Texas we’re still in the 80’s. That’s one for moving to the northwest.

2] It was funny watching The Wife trying to recycle in Oregon/Washington. She tried so hard to separate trash from recyclables. That’s how Oregonians and Washingtonians are though – not like Texans.

3] We agreed that we need to see more of the northwest and the rest of the country. In order to get there we need to work out, lose weight and get healthy.

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Vlog Everyday October 2014 | Day 26

“Three Bullet Points”

1] That last 3 days we have been traveling. Please excuse the videos.

We came back and everything was fine (aside from the smell). We watched the the Purge 2 tonight. I figured now was a good time to purge old pictures and videos from my computer. I think the oldest was from 2010.

2] If your wife likes Oregon and your step-son like’s Washington – what do you do? Travel more! Both have seen a specific example of both states and neither has seen many examples of both states. More travels in both states will alleviate that problem.

3] Travel is cool but establishment is better. When we travel we see the here and now. When we rest we see the established order of things. Me and my wife both agree we like Astoria for its “wilderness” feel and not the Portland-city feel.

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Vlog Everyday October 2014 | Day 22

“Three Bullet Points”

1] Be human was kind of today’s theme. The Best of Track and the Best of Conference was won by David Cameron (Ithaca College) for his presentation, “Human at Work or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Get Better at My Job”

2] As predicted the rain came at noon, right when I was headed to the airport. Now they’re predicting good rain chances until 10-31.

3] We made it from PDX to the hotel – through the middle of Portland, on the Interstate, in pouring rain – in one piece. I’m in aww of Google maps & directions.

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Vlog Every Day October 2014 | Day 21

“Three Bullet Points”

1] Man, I thought Texas’ political ads are bad, but Oregon has a crazy numbers of ads. I’ve seen more “Measures” commercials in Portland than I’ve ever seen in Texas.

2] HighEdWeb sessions wrapped up today. I’m surprised I was able to think of Three Bullets while writing notes, tweeting, and going to sessions and events from 7am to 11pm. It was a good conference. I have a few takeaways that I’ll blog about when I get back home.

3] The good weather finally gave up the ghost tonight – tomorrow we will be back to the cold, wet blanket covering the state. It’ll be here the rest of the week and so will I.

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