Sunday, June 5, 2011

Burnt Ends And Other BBQ Standouts

My favorite BBQ? Now there are two.
Burnt Ends

I made these for the first time today and swear that I could eat these every day…maybe even twice a day!

To make a pound of burnt ends, place the cooked brisket, flat side down, on the cutting board. Cut narrowed end off the fatty side. If not burnt enough, toss end on a preheated 265° grill until crisp, about 1 hour.

You can make a sandwich out of them but I just love to savor the astonishing taste of the meat.

For as much as I love bread and make a sandwich out of literally everything this speaks volumes about the power of great BBQ. I am sold.


In true Memorial Day style, I made BBQ ribs and have to say that they were the best I have ever made…and I thought that my ribs were always great.

Maybe this blog is turning me into a better judge of recipes. I hope so for your sake.

This was the first time that I did a dry rub on ribs before I put them on the grill. What a difference it made.

I used both a dry rub and BBQ sauce. BBQ purists will tell you it’s a little unorthodox but trust your own taste. I have to admit that I really loved it.

I also finished some Salt and Vinegar wings on the grill and could not resist dousing them with a little BBQ sauce.

Bon Appetit!

Dry Rub:

6 tbsp. Kosher salt
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp celery seeds
½ tsp cayenne1/2 tsp ground fennel seeds
¼ tsp ground white pepper

Note: Does it seem that this dry rub was invented by a spice company executive? So many spices but every one of them adds an irreplaceable flavor to the rub.

Notes on the Wine:

As an added extra I picked a celebrated wine for the Memorial Day pairing.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut is a 2009 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County wine is so light and perfect for that summer meal you are sharing with friends and/or family.