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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summer + Grill = Easy Dinner

That is the kind of math I like. I've still never used AP Calculus. We love grilling in the summer, especially when we actually plan ahead for dinner (which seems to never happen). I thought ahead this time and decided to do a super simple dinner of baby back pork ribs with a brown sugar rub and glaze, grilled asparagus and grilled peaches with maple syrup and cinnamon.

Grilled Asparagus

Costco to the rescue here. I always pick up a bag of asparagus when I am there and this was very easy to do. I trimmed the bottom 2 inches off and then peel the remaining bottom third with a vegetable peeler (it's too fibrous otherwise - and you will look like a cow chewing its cud). Sprinkle with salt, pepper and powdered garlic to taste and grill for 5 minutes until tender-crisp. If you are looking for a good salt-pepper-garlic mix, I used Paula Deen's "House Seasoning" (1 cup kosher salt, 1/4 cup of garlic powder and 1/4 cup black pepper) and make it up in batches and store it in an empty spice canister.

Brown Sugar Rubbed Baby Back Ribs (say that three times fast)

I totally feel like Fred Flintstone eating a brontosaurus every time I make these, but they are sooooo good, that I just learn to live with my carnivorous tendencies. For the rub (for 2 racks of ribs), I used this recipe as a base and tripled it. Since I have never found a recipe online that I haven't screwed around with somehow, I added more brown sugar than the recipe called for and also added some dried minced onion, powdered ginger and whole allspice. After an hour in the fridge, I threw the ribs onto a hot grill and turned the heat WAY DOWN, to cook them low and slow. I basted them with some barbecue sauce that we had on hand for about an hour and TA-DA!

Grilled Peaches

This doesn't really need a recipe. Just halve some ripe peaches, grill on low heat for 5-7 minutes (depending on the ripeness) and drizzle with real maple syrup and dust with cinnamon. We added a scoop of plain yogurt for ours. FYI, it would probably have helped if we had cleaned the grill before we grilled our peaches. The had a certain eau de pork about them. Not a dealbreaker, but just a tip...

And if I hear that you use anything but real maple syrup on these, I will smack you into next week AND give you a wedgie. I like my Mrs. Butterworth's as much as the next person on my pancakes, but she has no business on these!


Jamie and Jennifer Cope said...

Tobi, Never knew you were so into cooking. I got into it in med school and haven't looked back! However, I have been living in a hotel for a month and I am so missing my kitchen! your pictures are fabulous. Might have to try those ribs in the near future. Keep up the posts!
Jenn (Rittenhouse) Cope

Chloe said...

Hahaha! And give us a wedgie, eh? You crack me up. :D

I really, really, really need to try grilling more things aside from chicken and cheese hot dogs. *sigh*

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