If this doesn’t inspire BBQ greatness at your Memorial Day cookout, I don’t know what will. Pictures of ribs on a fire have a guaranteed Pavlovian effect on me every time. The smell in real life is even more intoxicating.
A few Saturdays ago, M and his cousin, J, decided that they needed a “Man Day.” They do this sometimes. Sometimes it’s a drive to Cabela’s to window shop for hunting and camping stuff they never buy. Sometimes it’s building an outdoor gypsy camp in preparation for a theme party. I usually picture them having their own Home Movies McGuirk-style Crywalkers group out in the woods. Who knows what they do, and who cares? Seriously. A Man Day in the woods means a Woman Day in the house.
This time, they went up to J’s family’s cabin, built a fire pit out of bricks and a grill grate, and cooked delicious ribs. I almost always benefit from Man Day. I got to enjoy a half rack of ribs with a baked potato fairly fresh off the fire. An amazingly sweet and flavorful surprise dinner! M writes the recipe below, so it’s straight from the ginger horse’s mouth. Fire pit construction instructions available upon request.