Or maybe Dinner and a tutorial.
If you are not a foodie you may want to scroll down....
....but you will miss out on the most fantastic ribs ever!
As soon as the weather is warm enough to keep the horse out for longer than 10 minutes
It's BBQ time here!
What better way to kick off the BBQ season than with ribs?
I stick those bad boys in a big pot still frozen even.
My secret marinade. Shhhhh....
I don't know why, but it HAS to be A & W root beer. Don't skimp here. Just pour it on and let em soak all day!
Now don't even reach for that! We got something waaaaay better!
Home made sauce!
Roll up 2 thick slices of smoked bacon around rosemary. You can use twine to hold the bundle together or toothpicks like I did cause the kids used my twine for "something"
I don't even want to know!
Now brown it for about 3 minutes in 2 Tbs of olive oil.
Cut an onion in half and peel. Peel 2 cloves of garlic also. Add this to the pot. I use a big pot. You'll see why later. Cook this til the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
Add 2 cups ketchup, 1/4 cup molasses and dark brown sugar, 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp each dry mustard, smoked oregano and cumin. Little pepper for taste.
Bring it all to a boil over medium heat and then lower to a simmer.
Simmer 20 mins until all the flavors have married to a wonderful taste!
Now parboil those ribs in the root beer while your sauce is thickening up.
I take the whole pot of sauce out to the grill. Dunk one side in the sauce and put on the grill. Slather lots of sauce on the other side and let her cook!
Hey! Get out of my sauce munchkin!
She loves my sauce. Along with everyone else. I got 5 orders for a jug of sauce already!
Grilled to perfection!
Some of Yvonne from Stone Gables Roasted Asparagus
Some Baked Macaroni from Giada DeLaurentiis
And my killer awesome Lime Margheritas!
The trick to them is to make your own sour mix.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup lime juice
Add the water and sugar. Stir til blended. Add lemon and lime juice and chill.
To make a margherita?
4 oz sour mix
3/4 oz triple sec
Pour over crushed ice (my new fridge makes crushed ice!)
Pour into a sugar rimmed glass.
I need all the sweetening up I can get!
Now that I got ya all lickered up!
Onto the tutorial!
I used 2-1"x4"x2' boards
Artwork courtesy of the bitty one.
Some small nails, 2 sawtooth hangers and a hammer
Now into the snakeden of dispair to do some painting.
Don't get jealous over my gorgeous laundry room.
I guess now you know why I hate doing laundry!
Anyways.... paint one side of all the boards.
Nail the two boards into an "L" shape.
Now I glued a piece of trim molding to keep the books from sliding off.
I dug this out of the snake den of dispair.
Nail the 2 sawtooth hangers to the back....