Posts Tagged “bbq”




It’s monday and we still have leftovers.


Sangria infusing, meat marinating, veggies prepped. Just need to prep some burgers and then we’re ready for company. 


Coffe-rubbed double rib of beef! Both Katy and I went medieval on a rib. Eat your heart out, granddad :)

Katy brought me back a little present from England. Yay!


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I let my proverbial hair completely down for the first time in a while last night. I was doubly celebrating the successful end of a 6 month work project, and the official announcement of my transfer to the new digital nutrition research group at work.

Radovan bodged together a hacker charbonnade grill and I marinated some porc loin and skirt steak. The post-mortem this morning included 2kg of meat, 2 packs of sausages, charcuterie, grilled melons and pineapple, 3 bottles of wine, 2 bottles of prosecco (and unfortunately, a bit of a technicolour incident around 2am).

I needed this!


One 3-pound chuck roast, rinsed and dried (also works well with brisket)
2 medium onions, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large tin whole tomatoes (500g or more, preferably plum tomatoes)
600ml of your favorite homemade barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 300F/150C.

In a large, heavy pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, roughly chopping them in the pot. Add the barbecue sauce, increase heat to medium high and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the chuck roast. Cover and put in oven. Braise until fork tender, about 3-4 hours.

Remove the meat from the pot. Use a fork and knife to separate the roast into small pieces. Set aside.

Place the pot on medium/medium-high, uncovered, and reduce the liquid until thick. Stir often to prevent burning.

Return the meat to the liquid in the pan. Warm both thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on buns.

BBQ sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter
1 chopped chile pepper, such as a serrano
1 medium yellow or white onion, grated
1 cup bourbon or whiskey
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup dark molasses
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
Salt to taste

1 Heat the butter and oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
2 Grate the onion through the coarse grate of a box grater, or finely mince the onion if you don’t have a grater.
3 Add grated onion and chile to the oil/butter combination and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until onions turn translucent. You do not want the onions to turn color.
4 Take the pan off the heat and add the bourbon. Return to the stove, turn up the heat to medium-high again and boil down the bourbon for 5 minutes.
5 Add the ketchup, lemon juice, vinegar, molasses, and the sugar. Mix well and return to a simmer.
6 Cook the sauce for a few minutes to combine the flavors and then taste test it. Is it salty enough? If not, add salt. Is it spicy hot enough? If not, add a little cayenne powder. Is it sweet enough? If not, add some molasses.
7 Let the sauce cook down slowly until it thickens, about 20 minutes.


All the pictures from the BBQ are online:


2 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 pounds baby back pork ribs (8 racks)
Low-salt chicken broth (optional)
1 1/2 cups store-bought or homemade bbq sauce


Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Place each rack of ribs on a double layer of foil; sprinkle rub all over ribs. Wrap racks individually and divide between 2 baking sheets.

Bake ribs until very tender but not falling apart, about 2. Carefully unwrap ribs; pour any juices from foil into a 4-cup heatproof measuring cup; reserve juices. Let ribs cool completely. DO AHEAD: Ribs can be baked up to 3 days ahead (the flavor will be more developed, and the cold ribs will hold together better on the grill as they heat through). Cover and chill juices. Rewrap ribs in foil and chill.

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Add broth or water to rib juices, if needed, to measure 1 1/2 cups. Whisk in barbecue sauce to blend.

Grill ribs, basting with barbecue sauce mixture and turning frequently, until lacquered and charred in places and heated through, 7-10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut between ribs to separate. Transfer to a platter and serve with additional barbecue sauce.