With Memorial Day coming next Monday, a lot of ribs will be on the barbeque. Keep in mind that with hot dry days, fire restrictions are in force at all local parks and campgrounds. Even Granite Creek Park has a no fire rule. If you are having a back yard barbeque please be sure to exercise extreme caution, especially with charcoal or wood fires. But gas grills should be safe with reasonable care.
The best ribs are cooked at a very low temperature, only 200 to 250 degrees. If your grill doesn’t have a built in thermometer use an oven thermometer. Prepare your ribs by pulling off the tough membrane on one side (if needed.) Place some wood chips in an aluminum pie plate, cover with foil, and poke some holes in the foil. Make sure your propane tank is full when you start, it will be going for a long time.
Prepare a spice rub, or use a commercial rub. Rub on both sides of the meat. Preheat your grill, then adjust so the temperature stays around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Set up your grill for indirect heat, turn off one or more of your burners to create a space where there is no heat directly underneath the meat. Place your chips on the hot side, place the meat on the cool side, then close the lid and keep it closed. Check the heat a few times at first. Once you have the temperature properly adjusted, only open about every half hour to turn the rib rack. To keep the ribs moist you can baste with a thin sauce, mostly containing vinegar and water, with a few spices, a little paprika and garlic powder. After 2-4 hours, depending on the type and size of the ribs they will be done. If you lift up the rack and it droops down and the meat is pulling away from the bone a little, they are done. When they are about 20 minutes from being done, coat with barbeque sauce, then again about 10 minutes before they are done. Remove from heat, let sit a few minutes covered, serve with extra sauce, and side dishes of your choice.
Another tasty item to grill is corn. Try it East Indian style (charcoal grilled unripe field corn is sold on every street corner in Indian cities during the season.) We have delicious sweet corn for most of the summer. Just remove the husk and silks, leaving as long a stalk as possible. Simply place on grill and turn until all sides turn a slightly darker color, and some kernels look toasted. Serve hot with wedges of lime and salt. Squeeze a lime wedge slightly, dip in salt and rub on the corn. No butter necessary. A low fat, delicious treat.
Petite sirloin steaks are on sale at Albertsons this week, buy one get two free.
For an unusual burger, have the butchers grind the meat. Add about two tablespoons of red wine per pound. Mix thoroughly and let it sit for a half hour or so. Divide into 1/3 to 1/2 pound balls. Make a depression in each ball, place a good sized chunk of blue cheese in each depression and flatten the balls into patties. Grill as usual, serve on toasted buns with grilled onions.
Another way to use the petite sirloin steaks is to cut them into chunks, marinate in a marinade containing citrus, fresh pineapple or papaya, then thread them on soaked wooden skewers and grill, turning frequently. Don’t let them overcook, the inside should still be quite pink. Baste with additional marinade as you turn them. Also grill skewers of whole mushrooms, pineapple, small onions, baby tomatoes or whatever else suits your fancy. If you place four or five cubes of only one type of meat or vegetable per skewer, you won’t have to be worried about some items being overcooked and some undercooked, and your guests can choose only the foods they like.
And, of course, Fry's has NY Strip steaks for $4.67 lb. They're always great on the grill.
Comparing Prices this Week
Albertsons: St Louis style ribs BOGO*
Fry’s: St Louis style ribs, previously frozen $2.67/lb
Safeway: Beef back ribs, previously frozen $1.29/lb
Albertsons: New crop California $1/ 8 ears
Safeway: White of yellow, $.96/ 6 ears
Best Prices on Everyday Items
Milk: No sales on milk this week
Bread: Loaves: Safeway, Home Pride, $1.99
Buns: Albertsons, fresh baked, hot dog or hamburger $2.49/ 8ct; Safeway, Ballpark brand, $2/ 8ct; Fry’s, selected varieties, $1/ 8ct
Eggs: No sales on eggs this week
Best Bargains this Week
Special Coupon on Hunt’s canned food items, select varieties including pasta sauce and diced tomatoes. Buy 10 items get two free. Final price $.83/item.
Meat and Seafood
- Petite sirloin steak, Buy One Get Two Free (equal or lesser value)
- Chicken breast b/s $1.88/lb
- Chicken, leg quarters, drumsticks or thighs, Jumbo pack $1.29/lb
- Deli Meats, select varieties $4.99/lb
- Ground beef, fresh, 93% lean $2.88/lb
- Red or green grapes $1.99/lb
- Cherries, new crop $4.99/lb
- Fresh Express cole slaw $1.50/pkg
- Plastic cutlery, party plates, clear cups, aluminum foil, storage bags $1/pkg
- Hefty plates, cups, bowls, 15-50 count $2/pkg
- Albertsons purified drinking water $2.27/case
- Albertsons pizza sauce $1.49
Many items for $1 each including Kroger brand sour cream and Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque sauce
Meat and Seafood
- Chicken Breasts, boneless skinless, Kroger brand $1.67/lb
- NY Strip, bone in, $4.67/lb
- Beef franks, Hebrew National, BOGO*
- Ground Beef, 3 lb. chub, 85% lean $2.49/lb
- Johnsonville smoked sausages, select varieties $3/pkg
- Cherries, California new crop $2.47/lb
- Watermelon, mini size, seedless $1.50/each
- Broccoli or Cauliflower $.99/lb
- Kroger cheese, select varieties $1.87/each
- Kroger sour cream or dip $1/each
- Breyer’s ice cream, 48oz $2.49
- Coke, Pepsi, or 7-up, 12 pack Buy 4 for $8.88 (with $25 minimum purchase, must buy 4, limit 1 reward per transaction)
- Kroger cream cheese, 8 oz bar $1.25
- $5 Friday—S’mores package, 6 Hershey’s chocolate bars, select Honey Maid graham crackers, Jet Puffed marshmallows $5
- 4 day sale, Friday – Monday, Best Foods Mayo, 22-30 oz, select varieties $2.77/jar
Meat and Seafood
- Beef ribs, previously frozen, extreme value pack $1.29/lb
- Ground turkey, Safeway brand, 20 oz package BOGO*
- Hormel pork tenderloins, select varieties BOGO*
- Hebrew national beef franks, 12 oz package BOGO*
- Cherries, new crop $2.88/lb
- Red seedless grapes $2.88/lb
- Mangoes $1/each
- Seedless Watermelon $1.77/each
- A wide variety of condiments, spices, pickles and marinades, Mix and Match BOGO*
- Coke, Pepsi and 7-up, 12 pack Buy 2 get 3 free, must buy 5
- Bush’s grillin beans, 22 oz. can $1.59
- Lucerne ice cream, 1.5 qt $1.99
*BOGO—Buy one at regular price, get another of equal or lesser value free
Recipes Around the Web
Finding Grilled Rib recipes is pretty easy to do, but they're mostly all from the same folks!
Here's a Howcast on prepping your ribs:
The BBQ Pit Boys have several - as is evidenced by their 26+ million video views. Wow.
Two Hour Spare Ribs
Finally, then there's the Cooking With Jack Show.
Want more? Check out the YouTube Grilling page.