Monday, July 2, 2007

Pre-4th of July Bar-B-Que

We decided to have a pre-4th BBQ with my parents and grandma since we wouldn't be together on the actual 4th. I tried some new recipes and thought I would share.

For a starter, we had Fried Green Tomatoes.

It was my mom's suggestion after I told her I only had one ripe tomato from my garden to put on the salad. They were very tasty and easy to make. Even Tom, who used to be deathly afraid of tomatoes, ate at least three.

I sliced the firm, still mostly green tomatoes into thick slices and seasoned them with salt and pepper.

Tom dipped them in flour, then beaten eggs, and then a mixture of lightly salted corn meal and bread crumbs. We fried them in bacon grease (this is a southern comfort food after all) and served them hot.

We enjoyed a tossed salad, baked potatoes with the fixings including fresh garlic chives from my garden and chipotle sour cream, and fresh baked rolls with 75% Kamut (a yummy and healthy whole grain).

My favorite side dish was the Grilled Cantaloupe.

We just cut the cantaloupe into slices and grilled them on the gas grill. We brushed them with honey and ate them up. They were sweet, tender and juicy.

Our entree for the bar-b-que was Brown Sugar and Bourbon Ribs

I made some alterations to the recipe, one major. I omitted the bourbon. It's pretty hard to find here in Hurricane so I substituted extra cider vinegar and apple cider. I also didn't have any ground mustard. I cooked the ribs in a crock pot on low for 6-7 hours so I wouldn't heat up the house. I grilled them, basting a few times with the sauce. The meat was so tender it just fell off the bone. The flavor was not your classic rib flavor, but so uniquely delicious. The ginger and cinamon were really fun additions. Tom claims they are the best ribs he has ever tasted in his life (and he has tasted lots of ribs).

For dessert we just enjoyed some creamy vanilla ice cream topped with juicy raspberries and fresh blueberries in honor Old Glory.

Overall, we had a super fun and delicious bar-b-que.


The Mikkelsen Family said...

I am so impressed with you! I think I said that last time but you still amaze me. What are you guys doing for the 4th? Do your parents live in Hurricane or do they live in St. George?

Ashley A. said...

Liz this looks so delicious. I love grilling peaches but have never tried cantaloup. I can't wait to try it!

Janelle said...

I didn't remember that you loved to cook, but you look like you really enjoy it and the food looks great. Lucky Tom, always getting to try deluxe foods. I am always too scared to try something new, what if I spend all the time cooking and I don't like it, I have a hard time with that. Anyways your cooking is impressive...probably cuz you worked in the kitchen for so long. My brother Kenny now works full time in the kitchen like you did.

meghannorth said...

I had no idea you were in Hurricane! That's where Andy's parents live, so we are up there from time to time. We're coming to the next barbeque :)! The food looks delicious. I decided last week I need to be true to my southern roots and start saving my bacon grease. We tried to make homemade tortillas using shortening and it just didn't work out. We ended up eating out after many, many attempts to fix the dough. One day, I"ll post a victory with the tortillas (and rolls, and bread . . . ).