Memorial Day Ribs – The Tradition Continues

I know I said last year I was done with ribs. I know I should have read my blogs again to remind myself that me and ribs are not meant to be, but time heals all wounds and how quickly we forget.

This year I used a different technique hoping a avoid last year’s failure.

I bought 3 racks of St. Louis style ribs from Kroger’s. In hind sight I think I could have gotten away with 2 racks. We had baked beans, salad, and corn on the cob; never made it to the watermelon. Maybe we’ll turn the left overs into pulled pork via the slow cooker.

Defrost the ribs
Defrost the ribs.

First, marinate the ribs in apple juice for 2 hours.

Marinate in apple juice
Marinate in apple juice

Next, I coated both sides in Gulden’s spicy brown mustard.

Coat with mustard
Coat with mustard.

Next, I coated both sides in Nolan Ryan’s BBQ rub. It was spicy, but not too spicy.

Coat with rib rub
Coat with rib rub

Then, the ribs cooked on the grill – indirect heat of course – for 3 hours at between 200 and 300 degrees. (I think the unsteady temperature is the primary reason for my rib failures.)

Next, I bathed the ribs in sauce and wrapped them in aluminum foil. They went back on the grill for another 2 hours.

Bath in sauce
Bath in sauce.

Finally, I took them off the grill and let them rest for nearly an hour. They weren’t fall off the bone, but they weren’t tough either. I still haven’t found my holy grail, my fountain of youth, my….Maybe next year. (Maybe next year I’ll wise-up and buy the cooked ribs.)

Cut up the ribs and enjoy
Cut up the ribs and enjoy.

But seriously, temperature is the number one factor to affect tenderness. I think I need a good thermometer and I need to stabilize the temperature.

FCC Thinks You Should Pay for How Much Internet You Use

FCC Boss: You Should Pay for Internet By How Much You Use [POLL]. Source:

As of May 22, 2012, 69% said “It’s price gouging”; 14% said “It’s a free market, event if I don’t like it” and 14% said “Depends on the price.”

I said:

This sounds like the best way to shut down free market and small business and lower-than-middle income consumers. The Internet is my livelihood and my entertainment. I can’t live without it and I can’t live with higher prices.

I can understand higher prices for more bandwidth limits, but a per byte charge will change my life for the worse.

I hope internet companies lobby/fight this. Like Neal Bloome says, would you pay $200 per YouTube video? How about $50 to play Mafia Wars for 1 day on Facebook? No? Well Mr. Genachowski doesn’t care, but I hope Mr. Zuckerberg cares or Mr. Kamangar cares.

The 2012 Primary and Election in Texas

Primary and Election

Remember the old saying “Truth is stranger than fiction?” Why should this election-year be any different. In a strange twist of fate the congressional district maps were argued over and redrawn and fussed-with until we past our traditional Primary date in March. So, they set the new Primary date to May 29! Most of the other “winner takes all” (electorate) states had their primaries already so ours doesn’t mean much. That being said, I think there is still plenty to vote for.

U.S. President

2012 Candidates

* It’s 99% certain that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President.

U.S. Senate (Texas)

* Hutchison is retiring at the end of this term. As of May 1, the biggest candidates to replace her are former Texas Solicitor General, Ted Cruz (R) or Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R).

2012 Candidates

  • Ted Cruz (R)
  • David Dewhurst (R)
  • Grady Yarbrough (D)
  • Sean Hubbard (D)
  • Addie Dainell Allen (D)
  • Paul Sadler (D)

U.S. House of Representatives (District 17)

I find it interesting that Chet Edwards (D) lost to Flores in 2010 and now there is no Democrats opposing Flores, but there is one Republican from Austin opposing him – maybe.

2012 Candidates

Texas Senate (District 5)

2012 Candidates

* Ogden is retiring at the end of this term. He has already endorsed Dr. Schwertner, a current State Representative. Here is another race without a Democratic opponent. Maybe without an incumbent Bius has a chance.

Texas House of Representatives (District 14)

  • John Raney (R) Next Election: 2012

2012 Candidates

District Attorney – Brazos County

  • Bill Turner (D) Next Election: 2012*

2012 Candidates

* Turner is retiringat the end of his term. He said he will endorse Parsons. This will be the first time a Republican has presided over the DA office in 28 years.

Democratic Referenda

Ref. 1: Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously for the last year, should be eligible for in-state tuition at state supported colleges and universities and given the opportunity to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.

Ref. 2: Because a college education is increasingly necessary for jobs that allow our citizens to achieve middle class lifestyles and become the entrepreneurs who create the jobs that our economy relies on, we call on the Texas Legislature to fund colleges and universities such that tuition and fees can be affordable to all Texans.

Ref. 3: Should the Texas Legislature allow the people of Texas to vote to legalize casino gambling with all funds generated being used only for education

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There will be a runoff on July 31 for the following offices:

U.S. Senate (Texas)

District Attorney – Brazos County