One of the days with my brother, Kevin and his wife Julie; the day was spent smoking ribs. As many of you know, my brothers are incredible cooks and specialize in the area of smoking/BBQ. Therefore, Kevin was kind enough to show Ryan "the ropes" of BBQ!
So we delved into a new cooking adventure this week....twice! This week Ryan went out and purchased a Weber charcoal grill, wood chips, a rib rack, and the whole works. He also recieved a Beer Can Chicken cooker for Christmas -- which is actually one made specially by one of my brother Chad's friends.
So Saturday, after Ryan returned home from guard; we started with our first barbeque experience: Beer Can Chicken!
About an hour worth of prep went into it; just measuring out, and grinding up our herbs & spices! After completing the rubs. The BBQ began! Below is a picture of the chicken ready to go on the grill for a few hours!
Unfortunately, we were so excited to cut into this bird by the time it came off the grill; that we forgot to take pictures! But the flavor was incredible. I will be bold to say this is the best way to do chicken!
Since this was a success, and we knew this is a weekend that we still have lives (Ryan starts classes up this weekend--so "life" will be coming to a mild halt again). We decided to go ahead and do ribs! This time, I spent the afternoon while Ryan was a work preparing the rubs and marinade.
In fact, I was so engrained in doing the marinade, some if it ended up in my hair (I'm not sure how). And I definitely made a trip to the grocery store, not knowing I had rib marinade in my hair. Lovely.
In addition to the ribs, I made a healthy version of baked beans. No bacon in these beans! Just pinto, red, kidney, & garbanzo beans; with some tomato juices, brown sugar, onions, peppers, and habenero. Tasted delicious. And, of course, we had a side of spinach salad. Leafy greens are mandatory with every meal!
After about 6 hours of different varieties of cooking, smoking, baking, grilling -- the ribs were done and our mouths were definitely watering. They tasted incredible!! And, I remembered to snap a photo of the finished product this time!
This has definitely become a new hobby. Ryan is skilled the grilling/cooking department of the meat. And I take care of the rub-mixing and the side dishes :) We are now ready to cook for others -- so family is more than welcome to escape your winter temps to visit and we promise delicious food!!!