St. Louis Spare Ribs

Ribs on the grill at 12 noon

This Memorial Day weekend (2011) I wanted to do something different than last year’s Memorial Day Memphis Style. I was inspired by a video on YouTube called “St Louis Spare Ribs” and the information I read on the BBQ Pit Boys website, Barbecue Web.


I started by buying 9 lbs (2 slabs) of spare ribs from the butcher on Friday before Memorial Day. I had them trim the ribs “St. Louis style” which means they cut off the “knuckles” or the gristly rib tips on the edge opposite the “baby back” cut.

On Sunday, I started at 8 AM by trimming the flap of meat and fat off the meat side and removing the membrane on the bone side. I also cut each slabs in half. Then I spread on a thin layer of regular yellow mustard – the key ingredient to tangy St. Louis barbecue taste – and the rub.  Then I put the ribs in the refrigerator at 9 AM to let them get happy for 3 hours. I planned on starting the low and slow cooking at 12 noon.

For my rub I made a variation of the Amazing Ribs, Meathead’s Memphis Dust Rub Recipe:

3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ground ginger powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 teaspoons rosemary powder

I set up my grill with the left burner on low and a 13×10 drip pan on the right. I filled the pan with about 1/2 inch of apple juice, put the ribs in a rib stand, and put the rib stand into the pan. I added the rib stand this year because I thought the tilted grate method last year didn’t expose the ribs enough to the heat and moisture. This year I found the perfect sized pan, but the problem with the stand is that it’s too big to go into the pan the correct way – so that the ribs rest on the sides of the stand. So, I had to improvise and I put a strip of tin foil down the middle of the inverted stand and let the ribs drape over the strip.


Ribs at 5 PM

The key is 225°F for five to six hours. Open the lid sparingly (get it spare ribs, sparingly). As Meathead says, if the lid is open, you aint cooking.

My grill isn’t the most consistent thing on the market and I admit I’m cheap when it comes to thermometers so I just use an oven thermometer. My grill will vary by as much as 50 degrees with less than a 1/4 inch turn of the dial. I have to check it every 1/2 hour to make sure it’s not too hot or too cool.


I cooked the ribs for a total of 5 hours. I flipped the ribs in the stand at 2 hours in and 4 hours. In hour 4 I added some locally made, but pre-cooked, sausage. At 5 PM I took a knife to the ribs to test the tenderness – they weren’t tender.

I took the ribs in and put them in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. That didn’t help. They came out tough.

All that work and money up in smoke, literally. I give up. No more ribs from me.

On the flip side, the sausage was tough but good. The corn wasn’t quite what my wife was aiming for, but the pinto beans came out pretty good.

Phish Warning! Police Dept #225

By the looks of it this phish email has been around for years. I Googled it and found it back in 2005. Don’t click on any links you see in this email if you get it. The link that says CLICKINGHERE points to (I’ve disabled it here.)

The best part is the first few words – webmail police!

FROM: Police Dept #225 <>

SUBJECT: Restore Your Web-Account Access.


We the webmail police investigating department recently reviewed your account, and suspect that your Mail Account might have been accessed by an unauthorized third party.

Protecting the security of your account is our primary concern.Therefore, as a preventive measure,we have temporarily limited access to sensitive account features and we need information from you to enable us curb the crime rate in identity theft in internet.You have to restore your account with your webmail account management.

To restore your account access, we need you to confirm your identity by  CLICKINGHERE.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to protect your account.

Thank you.

System Administrator And Police Department.

It’s 5-22-11, the world didn’t end [UPDATE]

Maybe it’s because “Macho Man” Randy Savage stopped Jesus from initiating the Rapture. Randy, a professional wrestler, died Friday, May 20, in a car accident in Florida. He had the means and the opportunity. Just saying. If they can predict the end of the world, then Randy could stop it (or delay it) – one theory is just as crazy as the other.

We haven’t heard from Harold Camping or Family Radio about why we are still here. Maybe they left us behind. Maybe they went first on purpose or accidentally. Until we hear from them we’ll never know. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Maybe He took Harold and his followers and left the rest of the Christians as a sort of Darwin Award for Harold.


OAKLAND, Calif. – A California preacher who foretold of the world’s end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21. Source:

I’m starting to think this was a publicity stunt. So mark your calendars (again) on October 21, 2011, the world will be obliterated. Note to self…try to get back all the worldly possessions I gave away, at least for the next 5 months.

Sorry for the late news, but the world ends tomorrow

World Ends 5-21-11

Sorry I didn’t tell you sooner, but the world is going to end tomorrow (according to Harold Camping). Actually, he says the apocalypse starts May 21, 2011, and judgement day is 5 months later on October 21, 2011.


Be sure to drop by their website and leave a parting message or see if anyone’s around after May 21.

So if the apocalypse happens and no one is there to witness, does it actually happen? Tweet me tomorrow and let me know.

The magic number I’m still betting on is 12.21.12. It’s a number that’s been around longer. I trust old stuff.

Extra $1.2B found for Texas budget

No surprises – yet – but hearing that education is the highest expense is not good news for a college town.

Lawmakers battling the multibillion-dollar shortfall have agreed on all major parts of the budget except education. House and Senate negotiators are working to craft a compromise version of each chamber’s proposal. So far, they’ve agreed to all parts of the budget except the portion that funds public and higher education, Texas’ biggest expense. Source: Extra $1.2B found for Texas budget | Bryan/College Station, Texas – The Eagle.

That extra money comes from increases in sales tax collections, oil production tax, and motor vehicle sales tax. I also think property taxes are helping. The city pushed mine up 20%! I plan to protest, but I need to do it soon. The deadline to protest is June 1.

Most of the higher revenue estimate comes from a dramatic rise in sales tax receipts over the last year. The high price of oil also has helped fill the state coffers. Source: Extra $1.2B found for Texas budget | Bryan/College Station, Texas – The Eagle.