Brews and Food: BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Racer 5 IPA

All right; gonna try something a bit new on the website just so stuff doesn’t get stale. Trying to think of things that I could add to the blog to go along with my passion of beer and here we have it. Now, the recipes that appear and the pictures that appear on here are all taken by me at the time of consumption.

The first pairing I tried out tonight was slow cooked baby back ribs and a Racer 5 IPA. I chose an IPA because I thought it would bring out the little spice that was in the ribs, and it did! Also, a hot day is perfect for an IPA. For my ribs, I’m not a fall of the bone kind of guy and I don’t liked them slopped in sauce either. I like to pick mine up by the bone and chew it off; still tender mind you, but not a mess. I found a recipe in the folder my wife and I keep recipes in, which is just ridiculously big, for Apple-Glazed BBQ Baby Back Ribs. The apple glaze kind of threw me off, but I’m an amateur at cooking ribs so I thought I would give it a shot. Nothing to lose.

Glad I tried it! The glaze was simple. You start by making a simple dry rub, and then a wet marinade. You rub the ribs with the dry rub, cook for 2 1/2 hours, dump the marinade on them, cook for another hour, remove, slather with sauce and then cook 15 minutes. Simple, but you have to have patience so they come out tender. A wonderful meal that I will definitely make again and the beer worked really well with the smokiness and spice of the ribs. Want the recipe? Send $5 to… kidding… here ya go! http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/apple-glazed-barbecued-baby-back-ribs  you try it please let me know how it turns out.

SIDE NOTE: I also a side dish of sliced baby mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Great stuff!

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