Memorial Day Ribs 2024

Once again I didn’t think about ribs until the weekend before Memorial day. I still haven’t lit the grill.

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Meat

  • 2 slabs (~6 lbs) of baby back ribs
  • Hot dogs (backup)

Rub

This year I went back to a variation of Meathead’s Memphis Dust Rub Recipe and a dry brine 1 hour before.

  • Dry brine: 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt per pound of meat (50% weight on the package). Apply at least 1 hour before cooking.
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons paprika
  • 3-4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons cumin powder

Sides

Potato salad

  • gold potatoes
  • hard boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • sweet pickle relish
  • dill pickle relish
  • yellow mustard
  • onion
  • salt & pepper
  • paprika (for garnish)
  • dill (to taste)

Directions

Ribs

First, remove the membrane that covers the rib bones. Then sprinkle the dry brine kosher salt on both sides. Then wrap in foil and put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Now is a good time to make the rub if you make your own.

Start the cook with a preheated oven of 250°F (121°C). While the oven heats up, sprinkle both sides of the ribs with your rub. When the oven is at temperature, place ribs, bones down, uncovered, on a baking pan, and bake for 2 hours.

Next, take the ribs out, wrap them with heavy duty aluminum foil, place them back on the pan, and bake them for another 2 hours.

Finally, take the ribs out, uncover them, paint them with your favorite barbeque sauce. Place them back on the pan, uncovered, and bake them for another 30 minutes or so. Check for doneness. If they aren’t tender enough you could try covering them again and baking another 30 minutes. They should have an internal temperature of 190°-205°F (88°-96°C).

Sides

Potato salad

Peel and wash potatoes. Chop them into 1/2 inch cubes. Boil them until fork tender.

When the potatoes are done cooking, drain them, and mix in the hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, dill pickle relish, mustard, onion, salt & pepper.

Sprinkle some paprika on top to garnish.

Corn on the cob

Boil & butter 4 preshucked cobs.

Bannana pudding

Mix 2 bananas with 3.4 oz pudding mix.

Results

This year…

Ship Hits Baltimore Key Bridge

The container ship Dali, owned by Grace Ocean, crashed into a pier of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on March 26, 2024, at 1:28 a.m., bringing down the three main spans and three northeast approach spans.

The 985-foot-long ship hit the bridge in the early hours of March 26 after leaving the Port of Baltimore and losing power to its engine and navigation equipment. The bridge collapsed moments later, killing six construction workers, forcing the port to close and disrupting the shipping industry up and down the East Coast.

Source: NYTimes.com

The 2024 Primary Election in Texas

The primary election in Texas will be held on March 5 this year with early voting starting February 20, and the general election will be held November 5 with early voting starting October 22. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff on May 28. The Texas Tribune has published a useful March primary ballot article.

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Hamas attacked Israel from Gaza

On October 7, 2023, at 6:30 AM local time, Hamas militants stormed the blockaded border of the Gaza Strip into nearby Israeli towns, killing and kidnapping hundreds of Israelis.

The shadowy leader of Hamas’ military wing, Mohammed Deif, said the assault was in response to the 16-year blockade of Gaza, Israeli raids inside West Bank cities over the past year, violence at Al Aqsa — the disputed Jerusalem holy site sacred to Jews as the Temple Mount — increasing attacks by settlers on Palestinians and the growth of settlements.

“Enough is enough,” Deif, who does not appear in public, said in the recorded message. He said the attack was only the start of what he called “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm” and called on Palestinians from east Jerusalem to northern Israel to join the fight.

Source: APNews.com

This attack came 50 years (and 1 day) after the Yom Kippur war. Then an Arab military coalition of Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on October 6, 1973.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Impeached

The Texas House adopted 20 articles of impeachment in May 2023. Paxton was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the trial.

Paxton’s impeachment trial began on September 5, 2023. In this trial he faces 16 articles of impeachment that accuse him of helping his friend (and donor) Nate Paul, a real estate investor, who was under federal investigation; the Senate suspended 4 or the original articles.

Update 9/16/2023

BREAKING: The Texas Senate has acquitted Attorney General Ken Paxton of 16 articles of impeachment, clearing him of the corruption and bribery charges levied by the House.

Source: @TexasTribune