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Thai-influenced Sticky Peanut Butter Ribs

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The single best barbecue experience I had in 2019 was at Blood Bros. BBQ in Houston. That’s saying a lot given that I also had my first taste of many other establishments churning out top tier smoked meats—Truth BBQ, B’s Cracklin’ BBQ, Grady’s Barbecue, Sam Jones BBQ, and Buxton Hall. What was so exhilarating about Blood Bros. to me was not just the quality, and every meat I tried was stellar, but the effortless melding of barbecue with other cultural influences. In general, this is what makes eating in Houston more exciting than most places, the melting pot of cultural inputs ends up outputting food in a manner that doesn’t feel forced—it’s not “Fusion” food, it’s just their food. A group of Vietnamese friends started up Blood Bros., and the menu feels like an organic a sampling of everything they grew up eating in Houston that resonated with them. It’s mostly Asian, but not strictly so, and sometimes Vietnamese, and other times not, like Thai sticky peanut butter ribs, which was one of the standout meats for me. During this quarantine period I was having very fond memories of those ribs and decided to make my own recipe for them as an ode to Blood Bros.

I have no idea what the Blood Bros. recipe is for these, I just knew that they blended Thai cuisine and American barbecue really well and didn’t hold back on the spicy. So I used my personal knowledge of each cuisine to devise a recipe I thought would do the inspiration justice. It started with some homemade red curry paste, and I highly recommend making this stuff at home in a mortar and pestle for maximum flavor. I used the curry paste as the base of a wet rub, to which I added fish sauce, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper.

I then slathered the sauce all over a rack of St, Louis cut spare ribs. They definitely looked a lot different than the dry rubbed ribs I’m used to making, but I figured different is the right development path for this recipe.

Next I placed the ribs in the smoker that I had running at 225°F. I used a couple fist-sized chucks of apple wood to impart a light smokiness. I chose a more mellow wood because I thought without the heavy spice layer of normal barbecue, heartier woods could end up tasting a little too overpowering in this scenario.

Once the ribs were going, I went back inside and started on the sauce, which is the heart of the flavor of this recipe. I looked at my normal barbecue sauce recipe and started subbing out ingredients and changing quantities in a way that would make it taste like a melding of American barbecue sauce with Thai flavors. This began by swapping onions for shallots, which I sautéed and then added in a larger the usual amount of garlic along with ginger and Thai bird’s eye chilies.

Then I whisked in the foundational ketchup with a fair amount of creamy peanut butter, providing the ribs namesake flavor and sticky character. To that I added rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, red curry paste, fish sauce, and lime juice. After cooking for bit to meld the flavors and thicken slightly, I seasoned the sauce with salt and pepper but something felt like it was missing. I was racking my brain on what to add to give the boost of flavor I thought was absent, and finally I had an idea—I added in a squeeze of tamarind concentrate and that ended up providing the perfect sour note and little extra savoriness to make the sauce feel complete.

With the usual barbecue ribs, the exterior starts to darken and turn overly brown or black after a few hours of smoking, which is why I spritz the ribs with a liquid—normally apple juice—when they hit a good mahogany color to avoid overcooking the rub. I had originally planned on doing that here, using rice vinegar to spray them down, but the ribs didn’t turn a deep red until right at the end of cooking, so it wasn’t needed at all.

At the same time they started to look beautiful, they were also almost done, which I tested by lifting one end of the rack with a pair of tongs and judging how they bent. So with just 30 minutes or so of smoking time left, I applied the sauce generously, wanting that thick and sticky sauce coating I experienced at Blood Bros.

And after the last stint in the smoker, they were done and looked good, but they were about to get a whole lot prettier thanks to a garnishing of cilantro, peanuts, and pepper slices.

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By now my mouth was watering and my anticipation for a taste of these ribs had grown even more, making the obligatory photo shoot before eating feel even longer than it normally does. Upon that first bite, I was brought back to my memories of how excited I felt eating each dish at Blood Bros. While the ribs tasted familiar, they were not an exact copycat recipe, which in a way I preferred because they were more representative of my experience and skills, even if the original concept was not my own. They still had the seamless blend of cuisines going on for them, with the smoked pork and complex, layered sauce making them solidly American barbecue, but the overall flavors more reminiscent of Thai cuisine with a strong heat backed up by acidity and complimentary herbal notes. The peanut butter in the sauce also pushed them further in the Thai direction while also delivering the “sticky” promise of the recipe title. I can’t wait to go back to Blood Bros. and try even more things, but the only problem is that there’s so much great and utterly unique food in Houston that returning to the same place twice is not something I do often with all there is to try there that really can’t be had, or at least doesn’t feel the same, anywhere else.
Published on Thu May 7, 2020 by Joshua Bousel

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Thai-influenced Sticky Peanut Butter Ribs Yield 4 servings Prep 30 Minutes Cook 6 Hours Total 6 Hours 30 Minutes Ingredients For the Sauce 1/2 cup finely minced shallots 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh garlic 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger 3 Thai bird’s eye chilies, thinly sliced 1 cup ketchup 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1/3 cup rice vinegar 1/3 cup palm or light brown sugar 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 teaspoon tamarind concentrate Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper   For the Ribs 3 tablespoons palm or light brown sugar 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon Kosher salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 2 racks St. Louis-cut spare ribs 2 fist-sized chunks of light smoking wood, such as apple or cherry   For the Sauce 1/3 cup Roughly chopped roasted peanuts 3 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro 4 Thai bird’s eye chilies, thinly sliced Procedure To make the sauce: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add in shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in ketchup, peanut butter, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, curry paste, fish sauce, lime juice, and tamarind concentrate. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer sauce to an airtight container and store in refrigerator until ready to use. To make the ribs: In a small bowl, mix together sugar, curry paste, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Remove membrane from back of each rack of ribs and trim meat of excess fat. Spread seasoning mixture all over each rack of ribs. ire up a smoker or grill to 225°F, adding chunks of smoking wood when at temperature. When the wood is ignited and produces smoke, place the ribs in smoker or grill, meaty side up, and smoke until the ribs bend slightly when lifted from one end, 5-6 hours. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, brush top of each rack with sauce. Remove ribs from smoker and garnish with peanuts, cilantro, and chili slices. Slice ribs between bones and serve immediately.
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Title: Thai-influenced Sticky Peanut Butter Ribs
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Published Date: 05/07/20

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5 Tips to BEST BURGERS! | Make the best Homemade Grilled Burgers using these tips!

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In this video I will show you how to MAKE THE BEST BURGERS on your Grill, Smoker or any Cooker using IMPORTANT Tips which I’ve compiled from years of trial and error! I cook these burgers on a Weber Genesis Gas Grill but you can do this on ANY cooker ANY style that you prefer such as hot/fast, low/slow etc. Thank you for watching!

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Grilled Orange Chicken Skewers and Chicken Thighs Grilled Recipes

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Grilled chicken thighs are tender and juicy. The dry rub you use on the thighs helps them absorb the flavor of the grill. You can use parsley, cilantro, or a combination of both. The thighs should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Chicken thighs vary in thickness, so be sure to check the thickness when you choose a cooking method. You should also consider the amount of fat each piece has. Skin-on thighs are usually higher in fat than boneless ones. Bone-in skin-on thighs will cook more quickly, but may need some minor adjustments. The thickness of the chicken also affects the cooking time.

If using skin-on chicken thighs, start by placing them on the hot side of the grill. This will prevent the skin side from burning. Turn them over after five minutes and cook the other side. This will prevent flare-ups caused by drainage of fat. Move the chicken to a different side of the grill every five minutes to let it sear.

Another great way to prepare chicken thighs is to brace them. This method will give the meat a crispy skin and juicy meat. You can also cook the thighs in the oven or skillet. Just be sure to check the temperature to make sure they are cooked all the way through. After this step, your chicken thighs will be ready to eat!

Chicken thighs grilled recipes are great for dinner parties and barbecues, and you can make them ahead of time for easy meal prep. You can also store leftovers in an airtight container. A salad or fried rice would be the perfect complement to your chicken thighs. You can also marinate the chicken thighs a day in advance if you like. If you do not have time to do so, you can make the marinade ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

When it comes to grilling chicken thighs, it is important to remove moisture. Doing so will give you a crispy skin and tender insides. After that, you can place the chicken thighs on a grill and cook them for five to seven minutes on each side. When the thighs are done, they can be served with salad or wrapped in bread. If you do not serve them immediately, you can reheat them in the microwave or air fryer using bbq sauce.

Chicken thighs should be brushed with olive oil and seasoned on both sides. After that, you can place them on the grill, skin side down. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Once done, remove the chicken from the gill and let it rest for 5 to ten minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Clean a Charcoal Grill?

Remove any food residue and clean the grill thoroughly with water. Always heat your grill to at least halfway before using it. If grease builds up on the grates, you can scrape it off with a metal spatula. Once cleaned, wipe down the grates with a damp cloth.

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You can also scrub grates with a piece of wire mesh if you don’t have a grillbrush. After cleaning, rinse the grates.

How do you keep a charcoal grill lit.

To keep a charcoal grill lit, you need to light the coals first, then place them into the grill. This is easiest to do with a chimney starter. The chimney starter is a tube made of metal filled with charcoal briquettes. When ignited, hot air rises through the chimney to ignite the charcoal in the grill.

What is the distinction between a charcoal grill and a smoker, you ask?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is an appliance that uses smoke to prepare food.

Grills are used for grilling meats, vegetables and seafood. Smokers are commonly used to smoke meats and cheeses as well as fruits and vegetables.

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There are many kinds of grills. Some are better suited for certain types of foods than others. A pellet grill is suitable for large cuts of beef, while a kettle barbecue is more suitable to grill steaks and breasts.

How to Keep a Charcoal Cooker Hot.

The bottom half of a charcoal grill should be filled with coals. Once the lid is on, heat the top. This is a great way to grill steaks, chicken breasts and fish fillets.

For larger items such whole chickens or pork shoulders, ribs and briskets you should place these items directly on the grill. If you’re cooking smaller items such as shrimp, scallops, salmon, and other delicate foods, you can cover them with foil.

You should not leave the lid on a charcoal grill for too long. You can cause your food to be unevenly cooked if you leave the lid too open.

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How to Make a Perfect Steak

The perfect steak is one that has been marinated, grilled, and then served immediately. Here’s how to extract the maximum flavor from your steak.

1. Marinate the steak overnight with equal amounts of red wine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Let the steak sit in this mixture for about 30 minutes.

2. Heat a grill to high heat. The marinade should be removed from the steak and rubbed dry.

3. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Place the steak onto the grill. Close the cover. The steak should be grilled for 5 minutes each side until it reaches a temperature of 120°F (49°C).

4. Transfer the steak to your cutting board. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the grain thinly. Serve immediately

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What to Serve With Lemongrass Ginger Chicken Thighs

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Lemongrass chicken is a delicious Asian-style chicken dish that is both healthy and gluten-free. It takes only 25 minutes to prepare and hits all the right notes for a satisfying meal. Its flavor is savory and slightly sweet, making it perfect for noodle bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

To make this dish, you will need chicken breast meat, lemongrass, and sugar. You can chop lemongrass into a fine pulp or use one clove of garlic. Leave the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour, but longer is better. Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick skillet. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and fry for about four minutes on each side. When the chicken is cooked, it will release its juices.

Lemongrass adds a zesty lemon flavor to chicken and is versatile in a variety of recipes. First, prepare the lemongrass. Trim it at the base and top. Next, grate or chop it. Next, make a lemongrass sauce by combining the lemongrass with ginger, garlic, and honey. Then, add the chicken to the sauce. Cook for thirty to sixty minutes. The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavourful it will be.

You can use a blender or food processor to grind lemongrass. The yellow stems are more tender than the green stalks, so you can grind them finely to add to your chicken. Lemongrass leaves and roots can also be used in stews and soups. Lemongrass stalks and leaves are usually discarded after harvest, but you can save them and use them in other recipes. They’re also inexpensive.

Lemongrass is an aromatic herb used in many Vietnamese dishes. It’s used to flavor chicken and other dishes, such as rice porridge and certain soups. It also imparts a deep red color to the marinade. It’s easy to make, too, and can be made at home quickly.

Lemongrass Chicken is an excellent weeknight meal. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and is packed with flavor. It’s a great way to add a touch of exotic flair to your meals. With its delicious citrus flavor and a low-fat recipe, it’s a delicious and healthy meal for the entire family. You can make this dish at home without any special equipment, and it’ll be ready in 15 minutes.

Once marinated, the chicken should be cooked. Depending on the type of chicken, it can be cooked in a variety of ways. After cooking, the chicken should rest for at least 5 minutes. Then, garnish with fresh cilantro or edible flowers. You can also serve the chicken with a side of extra lime juice for additional flavor.

To cook chicken with lemongrass, heat two tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet until it is 170degC (340degF). After adding the chicken pieces to the skillet, stir fry the chicken over high heat until it reaches a golden brown color. When it reaches 165degF, remove it from the heat and set aside to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

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How to Set Up and Light a Charcoal Grill?

Charcoal grills come with one or both electric and charcoal options. While they’re easier to use than charcoal barbecues, electric grills don’t produce the same heat. You’ll also find that electric grills tend to cost less than charcoal grills.

First, place charcoal on the bottom of the grill to ignite a charcoal barbecue. Then add wood chips or chunks to the firebox. To distribute the coals evenly over the grill’s surface, heat them up with tongs. Once the coals start burning, remove the cover and wait until they are completely extinguished.

How to Start an Electric Grill

A reliable supplier must be able to sell quality equipment at an affordable price in order to set up an electric grill. The first step is to decide what kind of grill you want to purchase. Next, consider the space available for the grill and where it will be placed. Finally, decide whether gas or electric. The last thing you need to decide is whether you want to use propane or charcoal grills.

How do you start a Propane or Gas Grill

Propane grills are among the easiest to use. It is easy to fill up your propane tank, ignite the grill, then wait for your food. Cooking with propane is simple. There are no oil splatters, grease accumulation, or flare-ups.

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Propane tanks can also be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. These tanks come in sizes from 20 to 60 gallons.

What is the difference of a barbecue and a smoker?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is a device that uses smoke to cook food.

Grills can be used to grill meats, vegetables, fish and seafood as well as poultry and breads. Smokers are used to smoke meats, cheeses and fruits.

There are many options for grills today. Each grill is better for different food types. A pellet grill is great for large cuts of meat; a kettle grill works well for chicken breasts and steaks.

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Grilled Chicken: Tips

Grill chicken breasts whole or cut into strips. The thicker the breast, the longer it takes to cook.

To avoid burning the outside of the chicken, use a barbecue mitt to hold the chicken while you flip it.

Remove the skin from the chicken before grilling to ensure tender and juicy meat.

Grill chicken by coating both sides with vegetable oils. Then season each piece with salt or black pepper.

Cover the grill with the chicken. Turn the chicken once or twice in the first 15 minutes.

Check the chicken after 15 minutes. If the chicken looks well done, you can continue to grill it. Otherwise, you can transfer it to indirect heat.

Turn the chicken every 10 minutes. Continue grilling until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a knife.

Place the chicken on a platter.

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