Y’all remember a while ago, when Whitney Houston was on some award show (Grammys?) and she won some award and she came out and performed before she accepted it… I think this was the one where her voice was starting to go and she couldn’t hit the high notes on “I Will Always Love You” and she passed the mic to a girl in the audience. But anyway, remember in her acceptance speech she wanted to thank her then husband the legendary Bobby Brown and she dubbed him the “King of R&B” and everybody was like
It’s funny how life works. As I gradually try to reclaim some of my former self- the one I gave up to go back to school, I’m starting to start to remember. You know, #neverforget? Yeah, now I remember chial. I hadn’t fully forgotten, but a part of me had to fade into the background in order to develop in certain areas. I hope that makes sense, if not then too bad. But anyway, I’m remembering why I’m even bothering doing all of this in the first place. Why I’m willingly subjecting myself to discomfort and going through voluntary pain and suffering.
On the flip side of that, I also realize just how fucked up the last few years of my life have been. Like, literally y’all, losing my mom was among the lesser of all of the bullshit that I’ve had to deal with (although it makes it all amplified without her support) if you can even begin to imagine that. Growing up is hard y’all.
So in getting back to me, I’m curious to see how this all works out. The familiarity that I felt although comforting is on a lot of levels foreign to me. That’s because it’s not the same, I’m not the same. I have a purpose that’s much greater than myself, and if I can only stay focused on that then I know that everything will not be in vain.
But yeah girl, since it’s summer time and all and cook out season is in full effect here go a way to cook some ribs.
(No Boil) Ribs & Barbeque
- Rib Rub (you can use whatever recipe you want, hell you can even buy some)
- Barbeque Sauce (again, same thing applies)
- 1 or 2 slabs of pork spare ribs or baby back ribs
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Make sure you wash the ribs and remove the membrane (I know, but just in case ppl is outchea not washing they meat before they cook it). Also, make sure the ribs are at room temperature. I mean, they don’t have to be but it’s always better that way.
Dry the ribs with paper towel and rub em down with the rib rub. I mean, make sure you get all up and thru the crevices and stuff. And rub them on both sides too because like Emeril used to say (kind of) ain’t nobody got time for one-sided tasting ass food lol!
Wrap them in aluminum foil (the heavy duty kind) and bake them on a cookie sheet until they are cooked, but not over done, for about 2.5 hours or so, checking around 2 hours.
This is the point where you’re throw them jants on the grill- if you want to. You don’t have to you can just put some sauce on them (or not if you like them sans the sauce) and throw them back in the oven for 20 mins or so. Either way they go hard and they’ll be tender like you boiled them ribs. But you aint boil them ribs! Haaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
Wet Rib Rub
- 1/3 c smoked paprika
- 1/4 c dry mustard
- 3 tbsp onion powder
- 3 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 c dark brown sugar
- 2 tbsp crushed hot pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp crown apple whiskey (or plain whiskey if you’d like)
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a bowl adding the wet ingredients last and store in an airtight container if you have any left. I wouldn’t personally keep this for too long as opposed to like a dry rub. If it’s too thick then add more wet ingredients. You can adjust the cayenne to your desired heat level, I don’t really do a lot of heat but it added a nice after spice to the ribs when they were done. Keep this in mind depending on your sauce.