Ribs and Sauce
'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.
mix together these dry spices and herbs:
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
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.!!
with the pepperment leaves in the blender and add:
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
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
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.