Cooking Girl NY

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Summertime July 10, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurenzo @ 8:42 pm

Well I haven’t written in a while but I find that in the summer I rarely cook substantial meals. Its too darn hot to cook in my unventilated kitchen! So after weeks of making quick and easy meals that haven’t really been satisfying to my craving , I woke up hungry.. hungry to cook!

I find when the temperature rises the best thing to do is take the cooking outside. Matt and I have BBQ’d a few times this summer so far – I have to say on Father’s Day he made a mean Porterhouse. So with my eyes barely open I sauntered into the living room plopped down on the couch and said.. ” I feel like cooking today” .. I looked over to Matt’s half smile and shaking his head he said “Ok….” So before my morning coffee I was already determined to BBQ. Now I don’t really like to throw on just hamburgers and hot dogs…its too easy, although we always end up making them along with an array of other meats and fish. So I thought to myself..what haven’t I made lately? Then it hit me .. I’ve never made Poppy’s ribs.. or as everyone else calls them, Uncle Joe’s ribs.. In all my years of grilling how have I never made these famous ribs? I feverishly dialed the phone to get the secret recipe.

Now I have partaken in consuming these ribs at least 5 times a summer for as long as I can remember and as I have picked up so many other recipes while watching Poppy cook , somehow I had no idea how these ribs got these delicious sweet flavor. They always came out so crisp and caramelized on the outside and  the meat remained juicy falling right off the bone.. yum. After recieving the simple ingredient list and proper cooking technique I was surprised to find that all it took was 3 simple ingredients (seriously). Those three ingredients you ask? Dark Brown Sugar, Salt and Pepper..who would have thunk it! No wet ingredients , no need to slather on BBQ sauce or spritz with water ever hour, dry rub, slow cook and enjoy.

I have to say they came out amazing.. just like I remember them and I have to say I’m proud of myself for mastering Poppy’s ribs on the very fist try ( insert pat on the back) . Now although some people may feel that it’s taboo to share secret recipes I feel that good things , esepcially good recipes need to be shared, so here goes.


Ingredient list:

1 rack of ribs

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon kosher salt


Unpackage ribs and pat dry. Flip to the underside and cut a piece of the skin ( at least thats what i call it) pull off entire rack and disgard. Mix the dark brown sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Rub all over rack of ribs . Let sit for 30 minutes uncovered.

Heat BBQ with all burners. Turn off front burner and lower back burner to medium. Place an aluminum cup or pan of water on back burner. Lay ribs on front burner underside down. Let cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours . Check occasionally to see if more water is needed in pan. Test ribs after the cooking time to see if meat comes off the bone easily.  When finished the ribs will have a caramelized crust all over. Let rest for 15 minutes. Cut individual ribs and serve with spicy mustard on the side.


I hope this inspires you. Happy summer and happy grilling!


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