admin, November 28, 2013
An easy lazy way to cook baby back ribs!
Baby back ribs aren’t served in Pinoy gatherings because it takes time and effort to cook. Here’s something you can do on a simple grill – cook your own baby back ribs the lazy way. This is great to try during the holiday season, birthdays, family events or just when your friends are coming over. Cooking your own ribs is much cheaper. Buying it in a restaurant would cost about 4 times as much. Or you can think of it as feeding 4 times more guests with the same amount of money.
The first part is to cook it in the foil pack. This is essentially steaming the ribs.
Coat the ribs with the barbecue sauce. Wrap the ribs in 3 layers of aluminum foil. Place about 5 tablespoons of water or soda inside. Make a hole in the top of the foil pack with a fork so that steam can escape otherwise the pack might explode on you if it heats up too much. Place the foil pack on a charcoal grill for 2 hours. Make it 3 hours if you want it more tender. A possible point of failure here would be if your fire is too hot it would evaporate all the water inside and your ribs would burn. (In which case prepare a can of spam and pork & beans as a backup ) If you’re in a hurry or you screwed up and prepped late and the guests are there, you can take it out after 1 hour only but give the following step a longer time.
The second part is to cut the ribs, coat them with more barbecue sauce and grill them over the coals for added flavor and continue the cooking in case you didn’t give enough time to the previous step above.
As for the side dish, just wrap the mixed veggies in foil with a little butter and put it over the coals. You don’t really need to cook them, you just need to warm it up a bit with the butter. 3 – 5 minutes will do.
That’s it, serve over the lettuce leaves or with rice. Enjoy!
THE ADVENTURE We decided one day to go to the Picnic Grove in Tagaytay and have lunch. This gave us a chance to take a break from the rough and tumble world of corporate affairs. Picnic Grove is a picnic spot we were all familiar with, having gone there during our childhood. It’s a popular (and crowded) picnic spot but it’s got a good view and seems to be a good place to unwind and make plans for world domination.
Rule # 1 for any road trip: Prepare Wisely
As usual, for all road trips we did a bit of planning beforehand and got our supplies in order. We decided to cook ribs because it’s a challenge. It’s not something local people ever cook in picnics, adobo with rice being the preferred fare. We also did not bring any rice. We were going low carb with just mixed veggies and salad leaves as our side dish.
The Ferris Wheel at the Sky Ranch
We started off early meeting at a McDonald’s in the city. then we had a stop over at the Petron gas station in the South Luzon Expressway and had coffee and pancakes at Pancake house. Then we noticed pictures of a large ferris wheel along the way. It turned out to be the Sky Ranch in Tagaytay, a small theme park with the country’s tallest ferris wheel. We tried it out. With three guys in the gondola it was a tight fit, well for us anyway. If there are anymore all you guys will be able to do is sit facing each other. You won’t be able to turn around and take pictures and look around. Would we go back there again – most likely not. However, it’s one of those things you should try once.
Hummus at Mano’s Greek Taverna in Tagaytay
Feeling hungry, we then decided to explore Mano’s Greek taverna and grab a snack since cooking our ribs would still take about two hours. We like the ambience of the place since the view is great. All that was missing was missing was some Ouzo, which we decided wisely not to order since it was early in the morning.
****! This picture still makes my mouth water!
Our Picnic Grove adventure was rather successful we think, since the ribs turned out great. If we were to do it again we’d probably just allocate more cooking time so the ribs become more tender. We were ready for an epic fail though, just in case it didn’t work or we burned something – our back up of … “canned Spam and Pork & Beans”.