Fatherly Advice & Maple-Bourbon Pork Ribs

Most dads love to give their kids advice. It doesn’t matter how old their children are or if they bother to listen. When it comes to advice, the average dad doesn’t really seem to care if you are a renowned expert. He can have less than a smidgen of knowledge of the topic at hand but dear ole Dad will still add his two cents. A detailed report to Congress? Design specs for a better mousetrap? Most dads are convinced that their brilliant kids are never too old or too smart not to need their sage wisdom.

Yes, indeed, somewhere along the way, most dads decided that doling out advice was part the job description. You know the drill. First, he winds up, “Now, I don’t want to tell you what to do here but …” Then, he gives the pitch. Depending on the when and the why, it might sound something like:

1. Use the crosswalk and look both ways.
2. Go to school.
3. Do your homework.
4. Stay in school.
5. The little, wild strawberries are the sweetest.
6. Get a job.
7. Do good work and lots of it.
8. Don’t make any mistakes you can’t fix.
9. Fix your mistakes.
10. Learn from your mistakes.
11. Don’t order chicken in a steakhouse.
12. Look a person in the eye when you talk to them.
13. Give a firm handshake.
14. Ask for the raise (or promotion or transfer). You earned it.
15. Pay your bills on time.
16. Save your money.
17. Buy a house.
18. Buy a plunger before you need one.
19. Fertilize your lawn.
20. Fill up the gas tank when it gets down to a quarter full.
21. When you grill a steak, turn it once and only once. Slide a hunk of butter on it after the turn.
22. The customer is always right.
23. Don’t burn any bridges.
24. You can never have too many friends.
25. Get married.
26. But … whatever you do, don’t marry HIM (or HER).
27. Keep your feet off the dashboard.
28. Keep your eye on the ball.
29. Always order ice cream with your pie. If the pie isn’t any good, you can still enjoy the ice cream.
30. Tell the truth. It’s harder to keep track of lies.
31. Call your mother.
32. Never lend anything you can’t afford to lose.
33. Don’t complain.
34. When the going gets tough; keep going.
35. Don’t take any wooden nickels.

This Father’s Day give dad the gift of a lifetime. At least for an hour or so, listen to any and all advice he cares to dole out. Thank him and then get on with your life.

Happy Father’s Day and bon appétit!

Maple-Bourbon Pork Ribs Maple-Bourbon_Pork_Ribs_01
Slow roasted in the oven and then finished on the grill, these sweet and spicy ribs are sure to please Dad on his day! Enjoy
Serves 4-6

Olive oil
1/4 cup minced onion
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2-1 teaspoon or to taste hot chili paste
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup bourbon
1/4 cup maple syrup
2-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4-5 pounds pork ribs

Make the barbeque sauce: lightly coat a saucepan with olive oil and heat over medium. Add the onion, paprika, thyme and chili paste and sauté until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and sauté 2 minutes more.

Remove from the heat and stir in the tomatoes, bourbon, maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire and salt. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Cool to room temperature. For a chunky sauce, leave as is; for a smooth sauce, puree in the blender. Can be made ahead, covered and refrigerated. Makes about 2 cups of sauce.

Cook the ribs: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut each slab of ribs into two or three pieces and slather sauce on both sides of each piece. Place the ribs, meaty side up in a single layer on 1 or 2 rimmed baking sheets and add a 1/2-1 inch of water to the bottom of the pan. Carefully place the ribs in the oven, reduce the heat to 300 degrees and roast until tender, about 2 1/2 hours. After 1 1/4 hours, check the pan, add more water if necessary and slather another coat of sauce on the ribs.

Heat the grill to medium-high. Remove the ribs from baking sheet, slather with more sauce and grill, turning once, until nicely charred, 2-5 minutes per side.

To serve: cut into individual ribs and pile them on a platter or individual plates. Pass the extra sauce.

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Does your dad have a favorite piece of advice? Something you hear at least a couple of times a year? Feel free to share. Let’s start a conversation.

Want more? I’ve got links to lots more to read, see & cook. © Susan W. Nye, 2015

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