Summer Grilling – Bourbon Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs and Homemade Bourbon Barbecue Sauce|

Endless summer, yep – that’s what it’s been like here at the beach. Exuberant Independence Day celebrations continued through the week, even last night, sparkling fireworks lit up the sky setting our Corgi Tank into a frenzy as their booming echo shattered the night. One celebration barely ends while chain-link fences guard the staggering piles of wood and metal and trucks of many trades line the beach signaling the arrival of the next blockbuster event: the Van’s US Open of Surfing 2013 this Friday, July 20th. Anticipation and excitement builds as locals eye the evolution of the tents, bleachers and cement bowl being erected for the city of thousands of rabid fans that will swarm the beach for 9 days of sun, sand, surf, and skate insanity.

Not quite ready for that – in fact, I’m a little relieved to know that we’ll be here only for the last two days of the event and won’t be around to experience the mobs of boisterous crowds for the first week because we’ll be traveling (to Shanghai for the opening of the third international office, very exciting!).

Bourbon Barbecue Baby Back Ribs |

Celebration or not, summer is all about grilling and over the holiday weekend we grilled every day. It’s my favorite time of year – we cook nearly everything on the grill and, with hubs acting as grill master and me as sous chef, expediter, and clean-up – my kitchen tasks are diminished by one. With household occupancy varying between four and an additional four to six young, ravenous adults – we grilled a whole lotta proteins. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, grilled chicken, and meatball skewers which fit the bill for traditional 4th of July fare, but the real crowd pleaser was the mound of baby backed ribs with homemade bourbon barbecue sauce that proved to be unforgettably finger-lickin’ GREAT!

The bevy of specialty ingredients that I used in the sauce melded together in a symphony of flavors that is memorable as well as being low in sodium for the hubs. We have purchased barbecue sauces with zero or low sodium online, but after reading tons of brand labels in stores, I can tell you that there are no widely distributed low-sodium barbecue sauces and, no bourbon barbecue sauces, other than Jack Daniels, at all. This is not acceptable and I’m working on rectifying that situation – stay tuned :)

Bourbon Barbecue Baby Back Ribs |

* A note about the specialty ingredients that went into my Bourbon Barbecue Sauce:

Kickin’ Ketchup’s tagline is “first the sweet, then the heat” – if ordinary ketchup is too bland for your taste buds  – this one’s for you. Kickin’ Ketchup is made locally by Beach Cities Ketchup Co. and is available at Whole Foods in California, Arizona and Nevada or can be purchased online.

Since last year’s culinary adventure in Louisville, KY that included a Pappy Van Winkle bourbon dinner  prepared by Chef Anthony Lamas with guest of honor Julian Van Winkle and a Buffalo Trace distillery tour, Buffalo Trace has been my favorite bourbon – a consistent winner at wine and spirits competitions, Buffalo Trace has a long and lush finish that is highly rated by industry experts as a bourbon that delivers taste well beyond it’s affordable price point ($20.99 where I buy it). Although, I highly suggest you try it, you don’t have to use Buffalo Trace in this recipe, any good quality bourbon may be substituted.

Chaparral Gardens Artisan vinegars start with hand-selected,  hand-picked fruits, herbs, and vegetables grown on their 2-acre organic farm in California’s Central Coast. The fruits and herbs are placed in small vats with an organic based kosher vinegar. All of their infusions are taken through a mild infusion process that takes several months to complete – time and patience are the key to their flavors. Their Head Ancho vinegar is just one of the amazing artisan vinegars – it has a smoky essence and heat derived from a unique combination of anchos, habaneros and bell peppers – think chili, salsa, and sauces. This is my new secret ingredient – and it could be yours, too!

Colman’s Mustard is known internationally as the English mustard because for nearly 200 years the Brits have been spicing things up with Colman’s Original  fiery-hot go-to pantry essential. Colman’s secret is in blending high quality brown mustard seeds and white mustard seeds to achieve the unique smoldering flavor kick that makes their mustard so versatile.

Bourbon Barbecue Baby Back Ribs |





2 Responses to “Summer Grilling – Bourbon Glazed Baby Back Ribs”

  1. Ally July 14 at 7:01 pm #

    These sound soooooooooooooo good, Priscilla!! Tweeted and G+’d ’em…the world needs to know!! xo

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 15 at 12:01 pm #

    Tasty looking ribs, I love that bourbon BBQ sauce!

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