So, more summer fun! It's time for Barbecue. I have been doing a bit in the yard now that we finally have stretches of perfect summer weather. I've been doing Maigret de Canard quite a bit for guests and last week we had a big dinner for a few other couples and made many brochettes on skewers. I have a lot of Jamaican Jerk seasoning and marinated chicken and also did tandoori Indian chicken brochettes. We had an assortment of merguez and pork with prunes....They are great because they cook fast and if you have a lots of side dishes, there really isn't any pressure on the chef.
On Sunday night, I tried to do traditional American style barbecue ribs. Here in France, American style barbecue sauce is considered an exotic inported speciality mystery ingredient. I have never seen it in a store.
So, I made my own. I started with a cup or so of ketchup. I jazzed that up with Worchester Sauce and a minced garlic. I used a good dollop of commercial caramel and some soy sauce. I tasted the results and thought it was in the right direction, but tame, so I added a few drops of my most lethal hot sauce: The very deadly Dave's Insanity Sauce. I tasted it and it made my nose run! This was a good sign......
So, I took my ribs...travers de porc in France and precooked them by boiling them in a pot with peppercorns, chopped up fresh bay leaves, fresh fennel and dill.
When I was ready to cook them, I fired up the grill and cooked them slowly with the sauce glaze and I have to admit that they were pretty good. We had them with sweet corn on the cob.
I need some guidance, though. My precooking comes from my years in the restaurant business. That's the way we did ribs at a big place in Toledo I was head chef at. We put the ribs in a big pot and dumped in a box of McCormicks Pickling Spice Mix. The ribs were always moist and tender and the only thing you worried about was the perfect glaze.
If you have any ideas about barbecuing ribs, let me know. I also would like any recipe regarding American style barbecue sauce. I cannot go to the Kroger and get a bottle of Hunts.........
I will keep y'all informed of my research and progress!