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March 24, 2009

Our barbecue on the balcony

Our barbecue on the balcony

Last week, the gods tricked us into thinking it was spring.  We woke up one morning and the sun was shining.  Not the sun that seems to have crossed many icy tundras and has lost its warmth by the time it gets to you.  No, it was bright, glorious sunshine.  So bright, in fact, that our eyes were overwhelmed.  Unaccustomed to so much light after the darkness of the past months, we got up, blinking into the sunny sky like emerging moles.

Immediately, wonderful feelings started swirling around in side of me.  Feelings of reading in the park, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin, smelling flowers and grass, of playing Frisbee, of taking over Berlin on bikes, of sitting in beer gardens at night and of open air cinemas, of swimming in lakes.  What a joke!  I was getting ahead of myself and the seasons.  A quick step outside revealed my fatal error.  It was still 5 degrees Celsius and very windy (felt like -5 to me).  Back inside to get some more layers and to delay those dreams of summer (although I did see a kid later that day sporting only shorts and a sweatshirt!  he gets it!)

Nonetheless, spring will happen – sooner or later.  It would be horrible if the coming summer was one of those half-summers.  Where it rains all the time and it never really gets warm.  And then before you know it it’s fall again and you wonder what you did to deserve such a thing.

Either way though, we will be doing some grilling in the coming months.  We set up our barbecue pit on the little porch, in the rain, ready to show the gods that we were ready for spring and wouldn’t let a bit of icy wind deter us.

To properly honor the ribs we got at the Dong Xuan Center, Edward used some magical inspiration and made an incredibly yummy barbecue sauce (see for recipe below).  Add some Bratwurst and we were having a proper grill party.

By the way, speaking of spring coming – look what happened today:

Hundewetter (hail storm)

Hundewetter (hail storm) The white stuff on the red awning is snow!

See what I mean??  Patience is called for, I guess.


Ribz Recipe

1 rack pork ribs

Dry Rub
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp ginger root
2 tbsp fresh thyme
2 tbsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp roasted ground cumin
1 tsp roasted ground cardamon pods
1 pinch cinnamon
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp ginger root
1 large can whole peeled roma tomatoes
1 tsp tomato paste
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup pickle brine
1/4 cup cider or white vinegar
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp hot paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt

Combine dry rub ingredients and massage into rinsed and patted dry ribs, preferably one day before q’in’. Day of, add 3 cups water and a bunch of fresh thyme or oregano to the bottom of a bake pan and heat oven to 250 degrees. Bake ribs for 3 hours at 200 degrees, checking periodically to add water as needed.

For the sauce, sautée onion, garlic, ginger and tomato paste until softened. Add roma tomatoes, brown sugar, honey, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, and simmer 15 minutes. Add pickle brine, vinegar and mustard. Simmer to taste and purée.

Remove ribs from oven and paint both sides with sauce. Grill 20 minutes, turning and repainting four times. Just before removing from grill, sprinke lightly with bourbon. Let burn.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    March 26, 2009 19:33

    Don’t let the hundewetter get the better. of you. I have to go now and buy some ribs.


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