Happy Food Memories. Can you smell them?
Growing up in a traditional Italian home my mom cooked nearly every night for all 7 of us. Having only raised two, I honestly can’t imagine how much work it was for her to cook for 5 children, 4 of them being very hungry boys. I am not certain she really liked to cook, so when she got a Friday or Saturday night off it was a total treat for her. And when Mama’s happy everybody is happy! Dining out in our household meant one of two things: Chrone’s for pizza or Chu Dynasty for Chinese.
My dad adored Asian food and I am certain my love for the same came from him. It certainly wasn’t any kind of food that was ever prepared in my mom’s kitchen, so going to Chu Dynasty on route 22 was always pure delight. Dad always ordered “family style” from column A and column B. Everything from wonton soup to lobster cantonese and always, always, always spareribs (or as we joked “spare-libs”). Those were his favorites. The ribs, as I recall, were always meaty, juicy and falling off the bone….and an odd shade of red. How did they make them?
Time to dip into the sauce. Many years ago I became familiar with the Butcher Block brand when I tried their teriyaki sauce. It is better than homemade with simple ingredients like sugar, soy sauce, water, fresh garlic and fresh ginger. Not only is it delicious, but also, convenient It has been the secret ingredient in a number of my recipe contests wins. Check out the Harley Davidson motorcycle I won using the sauce in a salad dressing. Trust me it is the sauce that is the winner.
It only takes 4 simple ingredients to make some happy food memories.
Baby back ribs
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Baby back ribs with a bold umami flavor.
as many slabs of ribs as you need (no trimming necessary)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Butcher Block Rib Sauce
- Heat oven to 500F. Fill a roasting pan (I used my oven broiler pan) with 1/2-inch of water. Place a rack on the pan.
- Season ribs generously with salt and pepper; place on rack. Cover the ribs with heavy duty foil, forming a tent so the foil isn’t touching the ribs and seal the foil tightly around the edge of the pan.
- Place in hot oven for 1 hour. Cool in tented foil for 1 hour.
- Remove from pan, wrap in foil and chill until ready to grill.
- Grill ribs, over medium heat, turning and basting with rib sauce, until hot and glazed.
- Be careful as the meat will be falling off the bone….YUM!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 70 minutes
- Category: main dish
- Method: grilling
Keywords: ribs, grilled, BBQ, glazed
Just for fun I also used the rib sauce to candy some bacon. All I did was dice 6 slices of bacon, cooked it until it was crisp (draining the grease as needed) and then added 1 tablespoon of rib sauce to the pan, stirring until the bacon was glazed. It was a big hit on top of these sliders which I also glazed with the rib sauce.
I hope I have inspired you today to make some food memories with your family and maybe even a recipe contest winner. If you would like to try any of the Butcher Block products you can order them on-line at www.butcherblocksauces.com or you can give them a call at 1-617-269-1105. I imagine if you are lucky enough to live in the Boston area you can pick them up in your local grocery store. And if you are feeling lucky then please leave a comment so I can enter you into today’s give away sponsored by Butcher Block. What fun it would be to win a prize pack of these delicious sauces. Good luck.
Loved your special memories Lisa! And I would love to be your giveaway winner to make my own special memories! :).
Good luck and thanks for stopping by
Another inspired blog post – loved seeing the photo of you on the Harley! Butcher Block sauces are delicious … I’ve had the pleasure of trying them as well as having meats that have been marinated in them. I’d love a chance to win the prize pack. Keep up the great work in the kitchen and at the keyboard 🙂
So happy that you can attest to the deliciousness of these products–thanks for stopping by
As always, I enjoy your beautifully written blog! Thank you for sharing with us. I would love to win that delicious sounding sauce. 🙂 🙂 🙂 & Bon Appetit, Y’all always! Mary Louise
With your creative genius in the kitchen I know that you can take those sauces into new winning territory
Louis Matino (@LouMatino)
Never saw that picture of you on the motorcycle before. That’s a great shot. Too bad they didn’t have Instagram in those days, lol. That sauce sounds great. I will check out their web site.
Thanks–you will love the sauces
Chinese ribs were a big favorite in our family as well when we were growing up. Am definitely going to try these ribs and sauce. Love your blog.
Thanks Carol. Butcher Block rib sauce makes it easy and delicious and exactly how I remember those ribs
Each dish looked better then the next. Bacon in that sauce – OMG! Must have!
Hope you will try it or come visit and I will cook for you
I vote for visit!
Loved your story, Lisa. Especially the picture with the cherry red Harley! What a fun prize!
Thanks. Probably my most unusual win ever
Lisa I remember when you won the Harley in a “hog inspired” contest, no? 🙂 The candied bacon on the sliders looks like a winner to me!
Very good memory,,,, it was a pork inspired recipe
I was with you at Stew’s when we saw that Harley roped off in the middle of the store…of course you HAD to enter the contest and of course you WON! Anyway, the ribs look so good (as does the bacon). Need to get a bottle of that soon!
Check at 4 Corners grocery store. That is where I first found the teriyaki but now I buy it mail order
Lisa, Not sure what I love best about this blog. I too love Asian food; the bbq ribs smothered in that sauce is nothing short of mouthwatering; and any recipe that has candy and bacon in the same sentence . . . well enough said about that; but no – the picture of you on that Harley is hands down the very best part of this blog!
Yes me and a Harley is quite fun… Motorcycle mama
Congratulations!! You are a winner in the Butcher Block give away. Please send me your snail mail address.
How funny that one of my family memories is getting together with everyone and also ordering Chinese food with your brother (my Uncle Charlie) who also always ordered ribs! I did always wonder what made them red. I definitely have to order these sauces! Sound yummy! Love the motorcycle Mama pic!
So many happy occasions and wonderful memories center around the food we share together
I didn’t see the Harley when I was at your house! And the sauce looks delicious…. My dad was a big fan of Asian ribs also!
Laurie–do I look like a motorcycle Mama to you? It scared me to death, so I sold it.
I had no idea about the Harley! Loved that pic. We need to hear more next time the Marshall girls get together.
Julie–the guys in the cook-off were pretty disappointed to not be going home with the Harley
I love that Harley story! And what a great recipe both for the memory you have and the tribute to your dad!
some pretty great prizes back in the old days
You are a winner in the give away–please send me your snail mail address. Congratulations!
Never heard if this brand and I’m from the Boston area. Looks wonderful!
should be easy for you to find–definitely worth the search
Loved reading about your memories, Lisa!!! The bbq looks awesome!! Thanks for sharing…..
Thanks for stopping in–it really is delish
Great story! I want to try those ribs but I need the sauce!
The sauce makes the ribs for sure
It’s a pleasure to read about your memories. And your recipes are delish!!!!
Thanks for stopping by.
Lisa, thanks for sharing with us! I am making ribs tonight…wish I had some of that sauce right now to use on them!!
maybe you will win some or you can always order directly from Butcher Block–it is worth it
Your stories and recipes are always so inspiring. Would love to try the sauces.
Thank you Helen. I sure do appreciate your nice comments. Inspiring…..
Mouth is watering……
Bill is a lucky man!!!!
I heard you did quite a lot of cooking this past week….and I need a certain satay sauce recipe
A Merry Recipe
I have not heard Butcher Block products ~ sounds yummy ~ love to try!
I think Butcher Block may only be available in New England grocery stores. I encourage you to order some. I promise you will not be disappointed.