BBQ Ribs


Ribs II

  • Servings: “4-8”
  • Difficulty: “Easy”
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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
― Hippocrates

Ribs and grilling go together like pizza and beer, Hepburn and Bogart, sandy beaches and sunburns….. you get the idea….. so when the opportunity presented itself as it did this past long weekend I decided that racks of ribs were the perfect way to celebrate.

Like everything else most people have their own way of doing ribs but I think there is one common denominator and that is they need to be done low and slow and if at all possible cooked over charcoal. My plan then was to brine the ribs over night before putting them in my smoker with some nice Apple wood chunks. Alas (nice word eh?) mother nature had other plans and proceeded to rain all day on my parade so I had to resort to Plan “B”—– low and slow in the oven and then finish on the propane BBQ and I know to some that’s sacrilegious so don’t tell Patrons of the Pit okay??—- only kidding.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping List:

  • 4 racks of Ribs (side or back)
  • 12 ounces Lager Beer
  • 2 tablespoons ground Pepper
  • 6 Garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons dry Thyme
  • 4 tablespoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Seasoned Salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Chipotle powder
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika

Putting it all together:

  1. Dress the  ribs by peeling the silver skin off the bone side of the rack and place in a large airtight container and refrigerate over night.
  2. Mix the last 7 ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
  3. Remove the ribs from the brine and discard the liquid. Liberally season the ribs with the dry rub and place in a 300° oven for 2 hours.


4. Remove the ribs from the oven and put on the grill at 375° for 20 minutes. Baste with your favourite BBQ sauce.

There you have it “another simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time………

                         Bon Appetit


Entertaining and Tasty

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This recipe was originally posted about a year ago but since it’s a great one and it’s BBQ season again it bares repeating and it is easy and fun.

Now as I said this recipe for Beer Butt Chicken or if you have little ones around Beer Can Chicken is easy and fun but it is also very tasty and only requires a few ingredients and one of the main ones, as you can see from the photo, is a beer can chicken holder. This particular piece of equipment is vital because prior to its invention it was very tricky to try and balance a beer can stuffed chicken on a bbq grill without it toppling over and getting ruined. Since the arrival of the holder it’s a simple matter of stuff the can up the birds butt and put it on the grill oh and…. one of the great things about this recipe is it gives you an excuse to go purchase some beer but then again as a guy do I really ever need an excuse for beer? The other thing you can see from the photo is the tray on the bottom where you can put your veggies and grill them at the same time. The other thing that goes really well with this dish is Grilled Corn on the Cob ( see sides).

So here’s how we put the whole thing together.


One Beer Can Chicken holder

One 4 to 5 pound chicken

Four to six un-husked ears of corn for grilling (see sides for grilled corn on the cob recipe)

One can of beer…… I prefer a Red. It just seems to add flavor

Your favorite chicken rub (see dry rubs and marinades)

Garlic, Rosemary and Thyme


Empty one third of the beer can, preferably into a glass for yourself

Put Garlic, Rosemary and Thyme in the beer can

Rub your favorite chicken rub on the bird making sure to really cover it (see rubs and marinades for my favorite)

Place the beer can in the holder and then place the chicken on the beer can

Put into a pre heated 350 degree BBQ and sit back and relax.

The chicken is done when the internal temperature hits 160 degrees Fahrenheit


People may laugh at you the very first time they see this being made but trust me once they taste how juicy and tender the chicken comes out they will never laugh again……. they will just hound you to keep making it.

So there you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond”

Until next time……….

                                                Bon Appetite

Beer butt chicken


I just love this dish because it is so “simple and tasty”  but apparently not as wide known as I originally thought because when I mentioned it to relatives in England they wanted to have me committed since they had never heard of it and they thought I was insane.

Well nuts or not…… here goes.


–          1 4kg Roaster chicken

–          1 Can of your favorite beer (less 25% for the chef)

–          2 Sprigs of Rosemary and Thyme

–          2 Peeled garlic cloves

–          Chicken dry rub (see rubs and marinades)


–          Drink 25% of the beer

–          Put the Rosemary, Thyme and Garlic in the beer can

–          Liberally “hit” the chicken with the dry rub making sure to get the rub into all the nooks and crannies.

–          Place the beer can into the chickens “butt”

–          Put the chicken et al on a baking sheet, this makes the bird easier to place on the grill, and put on a grill that has been pre heated to 350 degrees.

–          Leave the bird for 45 to 60 minutes or until the juices run clear or the bird hits 165 degrees internal temperature.

–          Serve with your favorite side.


Bon Appetit