The Best Baby Back Ribs

The Best Baby Back Ribs

I first marinate each rack of ribs, then add a zesty rub before grilling them. They always turn out moist and flavorful. 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 racks baby back ribs (about 4-1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Barbecue sauce, optional

 

Directions

  • If necessary, remove thin membrane from ribs and discard. Combine broth, soy sauce, 1/2 cup sugar, vinegar, olive oil and garlic. Place ribs in a shallow baking dish; pour two-thirds of the marinade over ribs. Turn to coat; refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • Drain ribs, discarding marinade. Combine remaining sugar, salt and seasonings; rub over both sides of ribs.
  • Grill ribs, covered, on an oiled rack over indirect medium heat for 30 minutes on each side.
  • Baste with reserved marinade, or, if desired, barbecue sauce. Move ribs to direct medium heat and cook until pork is tender, turning and basting occasionally, 20-40 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 647 calories, 41g fat (13g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 2345mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri

Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri

The secret to this perfectly juicy grilled chicken recipe from chef Anthony Endy of The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is twofold: One, let the chicken sit in the aromatic citrus-and-herb flavored brine for 24 hours, and two, once your coals are hot, keep it moving on the grill. After the initial sear, turn the chicken often, and grill until a probe thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 155°F. Try serving it with Santa Maria–Style Pinquito Beans and a Mild Tomato Salsa on the side.

Ingredients

CHICKEN

8 cups water
2 (5-ounce) oranges, quartered
2 (2-ounce) lemons, quartered
2 (1/4-ounce) chiles de árbol, cracked open
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
10 thyme sprigs
8 bay leaves
4 rosemary sprigs
4 medium garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 (4-pound) whole chickens, split, backbones and wings removed and discarded or reserved for another use

CHIMICHURRI

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed and discarded
1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed and discarded
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot (from 1 medium shallot)
2 1/4 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed chile de árbol or other dried red chile flakes

SPICE BLEND

5 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Directions

Make the chicken

Step 1
Combine 8 cups water, oranges, lemons, chiles, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, garlic, salt, and peppercorns in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil over high. Cook, whisking occasionally, until salt dissolves and herbs are aromatic, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely, about 1 hour. Place chicken halves in mixture in stockpot. (Chicken should be fully submerged in liquid.) Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.

Make the chimichurri

Step 2
Process all chimichurri ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 8 hours.

Make the chimichurri

Step 3
Process all chimichurri ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 8 hours.

Make the spice blend

Step 4
Stir together all spice blend ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.

Step 5
Open bottom vent of a charcoal grill completely. Light 2 charcoal chimney starters filled with hardwood lump charcoal. When coals are hot, pour them evenly onto the 2 outer sides of grill, leaving center of grill unlit. Top each side of coals with an oak wood chunk. Adjust vents as needed to maintain an internal temperature of 300°F to 350°F. Coat top grate with oil; place on grill. (If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-low [300°F to 350°F] on outer burners, leaving middle burner[s] unlit.) Remove chicken from brine; discard brine, and pat chicken dry.

Step 6
Place chicken, skin side up, on oiled grates over center portion of grill without coals (or unlit center portion of gas grill). Grill, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 110°F, about 15 minutes, rotating chicken every 2 to 3 minutes to avoid burning. Flip chicken on grates; grill until skin is slightly caramelized and browned, about 3 minutes. Cover and grill until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 150°F, about 25 minutes, flipping and rotating chicken every 5 minutes.

Step 7
Sprinkle chicken all over with 2 tablespoons spice blend. Place chicken, skin side up, on grates. Grill, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 155°F, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove chicken from grill, and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let rest 15 minutes. Carve chicken. Sprinkle with additional spice blend to taste. Serve with chimichurri.
 

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Smoked Brisket

Smoked Brisket

12 INGREDIENTS
MAKES 12 SERVINGS
APPROXIMATELY 12 HOURS (1 HR PER POUND OF BRISKET)

Ingredients:

 

1 whole Brisket

6 cups post oak wood chips

2 Tbsp. ground coffee

2 Tbsp. kosher salt

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

4 tsp. paprika

4 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

Preparation:

INDIRECT SMOKING

1. Season Brisket generously with seasoning mixture.

2. Lightly coat grates with vegetable oil spray. Close cooking chamber lids.

3. Place 3-5 lbs. of charcoal, in center of the firebox. Open the firebox air vent approximately 1-2″, and smokestack damper halfway. With firebox lid open, stand back, carefully light charcoal and allow to burn until covered with a light ash. (Approximately 20 minutes)

4. Once coals have ashed over, add wood chunks. Do not shut firebox lid until the smoke is clean, often called Blue Smoke.

5. Close firebox lid. Adjust the firebox air vent and smokestack damper to regulate cooking temperature. The ideal smoking temperature is between 200°F-250°F.

6. Place brisket on cooking grate, fat side up, in the cooking chamber. Maintain a consistent cooking temperature by adding wood chunks as needed. Monitor the internal temperature of the brisket throughout the cooking process. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F.

7. Remove brisket from smoker and allow to rest. (Minimum 3o minutes)

 

 

WATER SMOKING

1. Lightly coat grate with vegetable oil or vegetable oil spray. Close cooking chamber lids.

2. Place 3-5 lbs. of charcoal, in center of the firebox. Open the firebox air vent approximately 1-2″, and smokestack damper halfway. With firebox lid open, stand back, carefully light charcoal and allow to burn until covered with a light ash. (Approximately 20 minutes)

3. Once coals have ashed over, add wood chunks. Do not shut firebox lid until the smoke is clean, often called Blue Smoke.

4. Close firebox lid. Adjust the firebox air vent and smokestack damper to regulate cooking temperature. The ideal smoking temperature is between 200°F-250°F.

5. Place water pan under brisket grate. One gallon of water will last 2-3 hours.

6. Place well-seasoned brisket on cooking grate. fat side up, in the cooking chamber.

7. Maintain a consistent cooking temperature by adding wood chunks as needed. Monitor internal temperature of the brisket throughout the cooking process. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F.

8. Remove brisket from smoker and allow to rest. (Approximately 30 minutes)

 

 

INDIRECT GRILLING:

1. Soak wood chips in water at least one hour.  Drain and set aside.

2. In a bowl combine coffee and remaining 9 ingredients. Generously rub brisket with coffee and spice mixture.

3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling.  Remove grill rack; set aside. Heating one side of grill to high and leaving one side with heat off.  Pierce bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife.  Place pan on heat element on heated side of grill; add 1 ½ cups soaked wood chips to pan. Place another disposable aluminum foil pan on unheated side of grill.  Pour 2 cups water in pan. Let chips stand for about 15 minutes or until smoking; reduce heat to medium-low. Maintain temperature at 225°F.  Place grill rack on grill.

4. Place brisket in a small roasting pan, place pan on grill rack on unheated side.  Close lid; cook for 6 hours or until internal temperature registers 190°F.  Add 1 ½ cups wood chips every hour for the first 4 hours; cover pan with foil for remaining 2 hours. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F. Remove from grill.  Let stand, covered, 30 minutes.

5. Unwrap brisket, reserving juices; trim and discard fat.  Using a large strainer, drain drippings into a bowl reserving liquid.  Skim any fat from the top of the liquid.  Serve with reserved liquid.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Nutrition information per serving: Calories 290; Total fat 22g (Sat. fat 9g; Trans fat 0g); Cholest. 75 mg; Sodium 690mg; Total Carb. 2g; Fiber 0g; Total Sugars 1g; Protein 21g; Vit D (0% DV); Calcium (2% DV); Iron (15% DV); Potas. (10%DV)


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Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

These super decadent fries are Tex-Mex in it’s truest form. Perfect for watch parties, game-day celebrations, and serious steak cravings.

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

 

YIELDS: 4 – 6 SERVINGS    PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 25 MINS    TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 0 MINS

 

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE SEASONING MIX

2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne

FOR THE FRIES AND STEAK

1 (1-lb.) package frozen fries
12 oz. flank steak, sliced into 5″ sections
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Kosher salt

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE

3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole milk
2 c. shredded cheddar
Kosher salt

FOR SERVING

2 avocados
1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice
Kosher salt
1 medium tomato, diced
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1/4 c. sour cream

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Make the seasoning mix: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Make fries and steak: Preheat oven to 425°. On a large baking sheet, bake french fries in a single layer according to package instructions. Season with salt to taste immediately after they’re baked.

3. Meanwhile, rub steak with vegetable oil and season with 1 ½ teaspoons salt and 1 tablespoon seasoning mix. Heat a medium cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook, flipping once, until a deep golden crust forms on both sides of the steak, about 5 minutes total. Let meat rest 10 minutes before slicing into 1” cubes.

4. Make cheese sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and cook until just golden, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add milk and bring to a simmer, then whisk in cheese and let thicken, 3 to 5 minutes more.

5. Assemble: In a small bow, mash avocados with lime juice and 1 teaspoon seasoning mix, and season with salt. Top fries with cheese sauce, sliced steak, mashed avocado, tomato, onion, and a dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle on remaining seasoning mix and serve immediately.

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Easy Beef Shawarma Wrap Recipe

Easy Beef Shawarma Wrap Recipe

Whenever we are in LA there’s this place we frequent, Zankou Chicken; although their specialty is the delicious rotisserie chicken they also serve beef and chicken kebobs and shawarma wraps.  We love the beef shawarma so much that we buy a dozen or so to take home with us.

Since there are no trips planned to LA anytime soon I decided to try my hand at making my own.
Shawarma is usually cooked on a spit and slow roasted as it turn, I don’t have one of those machines so I found a way to make it using just my oven and stove top.
To make the meat extra tender I used thinly sliced boneless beef short ribs with all the fat trimmed off.  I adapted a chinese restaurant method used to tenderize their stir fry meat and it made my ribs very tender.
The secret to great shawarma is the spices used to marinate the meat.  So get out your spice rack to make this tasty recipe.  We make it into wraps using either pita bread or nan.  Served with crunchy dill pickles and my sun dried tomato/roasted red pepper hummus and you’ve got a filling meal.
My family thinks my version is just as good as the shawarma we buy at Zankou!

 

 

Marinade Ingredients:

1 tbls. corn starch
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbls. garlic powder
1 tsp. Allspice
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Cayenne Red Pepper
1 tsp. Oregano
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Turmeric
1 tsp. Corriander
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1 lb. thin sliced boneless beef short ribs
Extra olive oil for sauteing
Extra spices for taste adjustment (optional)
Pita or Nan bread
Hummus spread (you can use my Sun dried tomato/Roasted red pepper hummus or any hummus you prefer)
Dill pickle spears
Lettuce, tomato, any other veggies you prefer – optional

 

 

Directions  for Marinade:

1.  Place all ingredients in a large ziplock bag
2.  Seal bag and knead until it’s well blended – break up any clumps of corn starch that may form so that it mixes in with the oil and spices.  You should end up with a cloudy thick liquid.
3.  Trim extra fat off the edges of the short ribs
4.  Place beef in to ziplock bag, seal bag, and knead bag so that the meat is covered with marinade on all sides.
5.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour; up to overnight.  Turn bag occasionally to evenly distribute marinade.  The longer it marinates in the oven the more flavorful the meat will be.

Cooking and assembling directions:

1.  Place meat on an ungreased baking sheet.
2.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes
3.  Remove from baking sheet and slice into thin strips
4.  Heat some olive oil in large pan
5.  Add sliced meat into hot oil and saute – DO NOT SKIP this step, it’s what gives it the finish like it was roasted on a spit.
6.  If you feel you the meat needs more spices you can sprinkle more of the above spices as you saute.  I usually sprinkle a bit more garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, and nutmeg at this stage.
7.  Spread one side of bread with hummus
8.  Layer on meat, pickles, and other veggies you prefer
9.  Fold sides over the filling and serve
10.  Enjoy!

 

 

Easy Beef Shawarma Wrap Recipe
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Easy Beef Shawarma Wrap Recipe
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Servings Prep Time
6 Wraps 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
6 Wraps 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 Minutes 1 Hour
Ingredients
Servings: Wraps
Instructions
  1. Directions for Marinade: Place all ingredients in a large ziplock bag
  2. Seal bag and knead until it's well blended - break up any clumps of corn starch that may form so that it mixes in with the oil and spices. You should end up with a cloudy thick liquid.
  3. Trim extra fat off the edges of the short ribs
  4. Place beef in to ziplock bag, seal bag, and knead bag so that the meat is covered with marinade on all sides.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour; up to overnight. Turn bag occasionally to evenly distribute marinade. The longer it marinates in the oven the more flavorful the meat will be.
  6. Cooking and assembling directions: Place meat on an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes
  8. Remove from baking sheet and slice into thin strips
  9. Heat some olive oil in large pan
  10. Add sliced meat into hot oil and saute - DO NOT SKIP this step, it's what gives it the finish like it was roasted on a spit.
  11. If you feel you the meat needs more spices you can sprinkle more of the above spices as you saute. I usually sprinkle a bit more garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, and nutmeg at this stage.
  12. Spread one side of bread with hummus
  13. Layer on meat, pickles, and other veggies you prefer
  14. Fold sides over the filling and serve
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