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Barbeque Ribs and Sauce

Lets get 'em first! Go to the store and pick out the slab o'ribs you want! Then, go back home. Lets prep them! I always pull off the skin on the back of the ribs and then score between the bones with a small paring knife.

In bowl mix together these dry spices and herbs:

1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. thyme

Mix and slap that slab all over the place with the stuff! Make sure you get every nook and cranny! While the rub is just a seaping in them juicy ribs, we are going to have some fun. Find a patch of peppermint in the yard, or your neighbors yard, or go back to the store and get a good handful. Clean it, take off the leaves and and put them in the blender. Now, I have never measured this, but in Sicilian its called "MOGLIO", which means BETTER, but its the BEST.!!

You put with the pepperment leaves in the blender and add:

2 peeled cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1/8 cup of wine vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil (or vegetable oil)
pinch of salt and pepper

Puree these ingredients together. Place your ribs directly over the heat for 5 minutes making sure there is no fire.Then turn for 4 minutes. Take ribs off heat and close or put on the lid to BBQ pit. They are going to cook slow and you can begin to put that mint, moglio, mixture on the ribs after they have been cooking, and you have been turning occasionally, for about 45 minutes. When the ribs are done, if you have a good voice, sing a song, because you will be too choked up with emotion to sing while you are eating. Imagine yourself as Tiny Tim when Bob Crachet bought home the Christmas goose. Well, you are bringing Kietos' Famous St. Louies' Italian Style Ribs to the table....SMILE like Tiny Tim!!

The Sauce

A 1/2 quart of ketchup, 1/2 cup of vinegar, squeeze the juice of two lemons, put in 1 tbsp. dry mustard, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, a pinch of cayene pepper, salt and pepper to taste, *and simmer slowly! And wow, you have one heck of a sauce. Or you can just go to the store and buy a bottle. Its not the same thing though when you make your own from scratch. After you make it, taste it, play with it,and maybe even add a few things to it. You know, the fun comes in when you experiment. The only thing you need now is a BBQ pit or two chicken cages tied together.


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