Baby Back Ribs 2 Ways for Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!

Hopefully, everyone was able to spend a bit of time with their father, grandfather, or other special men in their life today.  My Dad passed away almost 9 years ago, so I'm not lucky enough to be able to share this day with him.  But, he was in my thoughts just the same. 

Yesterday, I waited ever-so-patiently at this Italian butcher to get the baby back ribs I'd be making today.  Seems everyone was planning a big meal with tons of different types of meats and I was one of the last people to enter the store.  Oh well, at least I was able to get what I wanted, others were not so lucky as many items had sold out already.

My Husband loves his baby back ribs, so I try to make them for him a couple of times every summer.  I always feel like they are a summertime food - finger lickin' good and VERY messy!  Today, we decided to get our smoker going and try a recipe he found for Memphis Dust Rub on the ribs, as well as preparing some of them the way I always have - kind of an insurance policy.

As you can see in the photo, the ribs on the left side were the smoked ribs and the ribs on the lower right side were the barbequed ribs.  Even though we still struggle with our smoker maintaining a constant temperature (a constant frustration for us) the smoked ribs did end up very tender - and the Memphis Dust Rub was fantastic!  Very full of flavor with just the right amount of sweetness, not much heat which was fine for us.  It makes about 3 cups worth, so I put quite a bit into a sealed plastic container to use throughout the summer. 

I think My Husband had a really nice Father's Day between having his favorite meal and dessert (I'll share that next time!).  Our Boys made him some really sweet and funny cards which made him smile. 
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Lo said…
Gotta link to that dust rub... ribs look fabulous. Happy Father's Day to you!
Plenty of meat and backyard BBQ's seemed to be the order of the day:D
Megan said…
We love our babyback ribs too. Those smoked ones look awesome. I would love to have a smoker! The rub soumds delicious!
Anonymous said…
I only want to ask if there were any leftovers...please? Both sets of ribs looked SO good! You'll have to show me how to do this one of these days, even tho' my smoker is very different from yours.
Patsyk said…
Yes, there were leftovers! Don't know why I listened to the butcher who told me I needed 2 1/2 slabs for the 4 of us... figured I'd have some leftovers, but there are more than I planned on ... even though the youngest dug in like crazy!
Shelby said…
They look delicious Patsy. I love ribs but rarely eat them. I'm jealous!
Jamie said…
Man, those ribs look great. I'm thinking about making some this 4th of July weekend. I'm going to go check out that rub you used. We love ribs but don't make them that often. Good reason to now that it's summer.

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