There are cookbooks out there for any style of cooking. There are cookbooks dedicated to cakes. Cookbooks dedicated to pasta. Cookbooks dedicated to crockpots. It comes as no surprise that there are cookbooks dedicated to the great American past time, grilling. I was wondering just how many recipes there are for the grill. Most of the time people consider BBQ as the tangy, orangish colored sauce you put on the meat. So what else is out there? I found quite a few interesting recipes on the Food Network. Here are a couple I’m going to try.
The first one that caught my eye was “barbequed pork butt”; no giggling please. The recipe starts with an 8-10 pound pork butt. Are these actually in stores? I’ve never seen a pork butt, however, pigs do have butts so I guess anything is possible. The recipe is actually easy. It calls for 3 quarts of water, 12 ounces of kosher salt and 8 ounces of molasses. Place all the ingredients in a large container making sure the meat is totally covered. It then goes in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, take the meat out and pat it dry. It then goes in a smoker with wood chips at 225 degrees for 4 to 5 hours. After that, wrap the butt up in aluminum foil, and place in a pan in a 300 degree oven for 3 hours. Presto! You now have a pork butt to brag about!
The next recipe that looked interesting was the Sweet Cola Ribs. I am a cola fan and I think this will fit right in. It starts with 3 pounds of racked pork ribs. There is a rub and a sauce to make. The rub consists of 2 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper. This rub gets rubbed all over the racks of ribs and they are wrapped in plastic wrap for 4 to 12 hours, which will allow the flavors to soak into the ribs. Using hickory and charcoal heat your grill to 250 degrees using indirect heat. Close the cover and grill for an hour or so. Now brush on that cola sauce. It is made from 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 medium onion, finely chopped, 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 2 cups ketchup, 1 can cola, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper, 1/2 tablespoon onion powder, 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard, 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Cook for another 20 minutes. Remove from the grill, let the racks rest for 30 minutes and there you go; Sweet Cola Ribs.
As Julia Child would say, Bon Appetite!