Santo Cilauro (born in Melbourne, Australia) is a film producer and comedian. One of the co-founders of The D-Generation, Santo wrote and performed in the show during the later half of the 1980s as well as a performer on the early 90s sketch comedy The Late Show. Not to mention co-authoring the Jetlag Travel Guides to Molvania, Phaic Tanand San Sombrero.
Zladko Vladcik (aka Zlad) is his fictitious version of a “Molvanîan” pop music artist. “Elektronik Supersonik” makes for a cheesy combination of Italo disco and Synthpop, with funny accents.
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.
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.
3 slabs (~10 lbs) of St. Louis cut spare ribs
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.