Monday, May 26, 2014

Adam's Ribs

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Farmland/Smithfield, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #ReadySetRibs

It is hard to get kids to try new things especially when it comes to food. My kids have been more on the conservative side when it comes to new cuisine but when it comes to ribs, my nine year old son eats them like a voracious T-Rex.  Ask most kids what is their favorite food and you will hear pizza or hamburgers. Not my Adam. He will say "a full rack of ribs" before you add the period to that sentence.

This is not one of those things where a kid goes through a phase either. He actively seeks out new rib recipes and his signature move at a restaurant, if they have ribs, is to give them the Adam test. He rates the ribs on flavor, the quality of the meat, and the all important sauce.

Recently, while at a restaurant he ordered for himself. "Full rack of ribs, please" he said and when the waitress balked at him and said "You mean off the children's menu?" He said "No, adult sized". The waitress looked at me skeptically but I said "When it comes to ribs, he doesn't mess around, you better do what he says"

This is a lot of pressure for a stay at home parent to live up to. He wants fall off the bone quality and he wants his taste buds to go on a journey.  So, occasionally, I throw him a bone and give him a rib extravaganza.

I was fortunate enough to try Smithfields' Baby Back Ribs from WalMart to put them to the ultimate test, my rib eating aficionado. So, I prepped my best recipe yet and spent most of the day preparing him some sweet ribs getting ready for the Boy Vs. Food showdown.

You can have your own special Ribstravaganza and save some money too by clipping this coupon for $1.00 off Farmland/Smithfield Baby Back Ribs and St. Louis Style Ribs while supplies last. Ready to see how I prepped my #ReadySetRibs? See my recipe below or head to for more ideas from the BBQ Pitmasters of Smithfield/Farmland.

Here's our recipe if you would like to follow suit.

Adam's Ribs

2 slabs of Farmland Baby Back Ribs
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 cup McCormick Grill Mates Pork Rub
2 cups Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ sauce

Baking sheet
Aluminum foil
Cooling Rack
Basting Brush

1. Prep the ribs right from the package. Give them a good rinse and pat dry
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set the cooling rack on top.  This allows the circulation of the warm air around the ribs while they are baking
3. Brush the Dijon mustard on both sides and then sprinkle generously with the dry rub making sure it adheres to the meat. Place the slabs on top of the cooling rack.
4. Heat the broiler on high and set the oven rack for a few inches away from the meat. Broil for 5 minutes to give it a nice char.
5. Set your oven to 300 degrees and move the rack back to the middle of the oven. Roast ribs for a total of 2 hours. The first hour cook them uncovered. Then, for 30 minutes, cover the ribs with aluminum foil to retain moisture and continue to bake.
6. While they are cooking, prep your grill and set it for medium to low heat.
7. At the end of the first covered cooking time decide how you want them finished. Prepare your grill by setting it at medium/low. If you don't have a grill, sauce your ribs, recover with foil, and finish cooking for 30 more minutes.
8. If you have a grill, remove them from the cooling rack and sauce underneath, then place on the grill. Proceed to use the rest of the sauce on the top of the ribs and allow them to cook with sauce on for about 20-30 minutes more.
9. After cooking, you can return them to the cooling rack or just baking sheet and let them rest a few minutes before cutting and serving.

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