Fun Fact: not only am a female football guru, but I also love to cook and I cook LIKE A BOSS. I am constantly trying new recipes and tweaking them to make them my own. The grill, the crockpot, baking, frying, you name it, I’ll use it.
One of my favorite times to cook is when we have our friends over for football Sunday. Yes, sometimes going out to the bar is super fun, but there are days I don’t feel like spending $150 and just wanna scream at the TV inside the comfort of my own home without people staring at me.
Some of my recipes have become “must haves” at every sporting event. My friends and family will text me and insist I bring a certain dish.
As the token chick in the Branded Sports group I feel it is my duty to share some of these amazing recipes with our followers in hopes that you too become the life of your party on football Sundays….also, if your team happens to suck that week, at least you have some good grub in front of you and can eat your feelings.
Also ladies-the best way to a mans heart is through his stomach and this is a TRUE FACT. If you can talk football and cook AND pair the perfect drink with your dish, you’re basically QUEEN.
Each week I will be blogging about one of my signature Sunday recipes and tell you which beer or cocktail to pair with it (because I also love to drink on Sundays). Hope you’re hungry!!
First up: Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs
Beer to pair: Allagash Dubbel Ale
These take some time to prep (trust me it’s worth it) so start in the morning so they are ready for the first round of Sunday kickoffs.
It’s still grilling season so I’m starting with a football favorite… you can use whatever BBQ sauce you want but I believe in making everything from scratch so I want you to try mine!
BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
•1¼ cup ketchup
•4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
•1 Tablespoon minced garlic
•1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
•1 teaspoon salt
•1 teaspoon garlic powder
•1/2 teaspoons onion powder
•1 teaspoon dry mustard
•1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
•1 cup brown sugar
•1/3 cup molasses
•1/3 cup honey
-Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and stir until combined
-Bring sauce to a boil on medium to high heat
-Reduce to low heat and let sauce simmer for 15-20 minutes while stirring continuously
-Once its reached desired thickness, put it in a bowl or jar and in the fridge until its ready to use
(Save the extra sauce in a jar for future grilling)
Go turn your oven to 300 degrees. I like to bake my ribs for a few hours before I grill them. This is an optional step but I personally believe they fall off the bone and taste better if you do it this way.
While your oven is heating up you need to make an easy dry rub. You’re probably thinking “but I just made a kickass BBQ sauce”….just trust me on this. Here’s mine:
•1 teaspoon garlic powder
•3/4 cup brown sugar
•1 tablespoon paprika
•1/2 tablespoon chili powder
•1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
•1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
•1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all these together to make the dry rub.
Time to prep the ribs. I like to use baby back ribs but use whatever kind you prefer.
- Take 2 slabs of baby back ribs and remove the membrane from the back. It should peel right off. This makes your ribs not have a chewy taste.
- Take some salt and pepper and coat both sides of the ribs then take your dry rub and slather it all over the front and back of your ribs. Be generous. Use all of it.
- Using foil, cover the bottom of a baking sheet and crimp the edges. Sort of like a pocket to trap the heat and juices while baking.
- Bake the ribs for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the meat is shrinking from the bone.
- Remove from the oven and let the ribs rest for a few minutes while you prep your grill.
- Once the grill is ready get out your amazing homemade BBQ sauce you made earlier along with a grilling brush.
- While grilling, generously brush the BBQ sauce on both sides until they reach your desired crispness.
Pair these ribs with Allagash Dubbel. It has a dry finish with hints of chocolate so it won’t take away from the BBQ taste.
Let me know what you think on the @Branded_Sports Twitter page once you make the ribs and I guarantee your guests will be licking their plates!!!
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