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BBQ Ribs with Potato Salad


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BBQ Ribs with Potato Salad

There is nothing quite like a good bbq rib in the warm weather. To celebrate the end of summer, we are running our Niman ranch marinated and cooked ribs, along with 3 delicious potato salad recipes. All you have to do to enjoy the ribs is heat and eat! If you like making your own from scratch, there is also details below on how to do that! Enjoy!


For the ribs

Half rack of pre cooked BBQ ribs - Or make your own, directions for both below. 

2 cups Bills Best BBQ Sauce if making your own. Not needed with our pre cooked ribs.

Note: if you want to make your own rub or have your own favorite homemade bbq sauce, go for it! If not combine the following for a tasty rub. The core of a rub is salt, sugar, and pepper, but there are many optional additions are listed below. Mix everything together and rub on your ribs. Reserve a bit more to sprinkle on when serving for extra pop.

1/4 cup of salt

1/4 cup of ground pepper

1/2 cup of brown sugar

Optional additions 1 tablespoon of any or all of the following:

ground coffee (our secret, not so secret ingredient), cumin, chili powder, granulated garlic, granulated onion, paprika, cayenne

For the potato salad

2 pounds potatoes (we suggest Yukon gold or red, but any potato works)

1 bunch of scallions, chopped

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Other optional ingredients we think make potato salad delicious: hard boiled eggs, celery, bell peppers, olives, capers, chives or anything that inspires you!

3 potato salad dressings

1. Classic 

2/3 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (we recommend Spicy Dijon)

Salt and pepper to taste

 2. Sour cream 

1/2 cup sour cream or Seven Stars plain yogurt

1/2 cup mayonnaise or vegan mayo (optional)

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 cup chopped black or kalamata olives (optional, but tasty!)

Salt and pepper to taste  

3. Vinegar (light and zingy!)

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar.

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup capers or chopped kalamata olives, or both! (optional)


Cooking the ribs

IMPORTANT NOTE: We sell both pre cooked (bbq sauced marinated) ribs, and raw pork ribs. If using pre cooked, all you have to do is defrost and heat. Follow the instructions on the package.

If using raw ribs, follow the recipe below:

Ribs can be done with dry rubs or they can be done with sauces. Or both! Our recipe is mostly dry rub with a sauce suggestion at the end. If you choose to make your own rub or sauce, and or have a favorite brand at home, go for it! 

This recipe is built for a oven and a finish on the grill, but if you have a smoker we expect you to know how to use it... so have at it.

Step 1 

Very liberally cover both sides of your ribs with your dry rub. If you don't make make a rub, just liberally coat with salt and pepper. Preheat your over to 300 degrees F.

Step 2

Cover the bottom of a flat sheet pan or roasting pan large sheets of aluminum foil. Make sure the sheets are long enough that when the ribs are in there you can wrap it around them to completely seal them in. Next, place the rubbed ribs on the foil and bring the remaining foil up over the ribs, wrapping the ribs completely, like a foil cocoon.

Step 3

Once your ribs are completely sealed in the foil cocoon, slide the pan in the over and roast for 1.5-2 hours. You can tell the ribs are done when the meat has pulled away a bit from the ends of the bones, leaving a 1/2 inch or so of exposed bone. 

Step 4

Two ways to finish your ribs. Take them out of the foil and place on your outdoor grill. You want to grill them just a few minutes on each side to get a nice char. If using, now is the time to baste with Bills Best BBQ so that it caramelizes slightly.

If you do not have a grill, you can do this same step under the broiler in your oven.

Step 5

Cut the ribs between the bones into individual servings. Plate and drizzle a bit more sauce or dry rub over the top and serve. We suggest serving on a big butcher-block cutting board. Why not look legit if you just made some awesome ribs, right?

Serve with potato salad and make sure you have some napkins or a hose available ;)

Making the potato salad

Step 1    

In a large pot, cover the potatoes (no need to peel them, just give them a rinse) with cold water and season with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. 

Step 2  

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients from the dressing list you chose.

Step 3

Stir in the scallions, parsley and any other ingredients you may have chosen to add. Halve the potatoes crosswise and fold them into the dressing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This can be done ahead and kept in the fridge for a day.


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