Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2010 Challenge: I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back (or Baby Got Back)

Ribs finishing on the grill. Notice the smoke! This is not staged, but actual cooking.

The back story for this dish came from a variety of sources. One, the irresistible combination of grilled pork and fish sauce, calls to mind the pork fueled feastings at any of the city's exceptional Vietnamese restaurants. Another source, the fiery food heat of Thai food, came from a recent dinner at the new aircraft hangar sized Sukho Thai. And finally, since it was July 4th, America. (Hell, yeah!) I have been obsessing over ribs lately, so if you don't like them, sorry to bore you.


The rib portion was based mainly on this recipe from Andy Ricker. Followed it more or less, but deviated by pouring marinade over ribs and wrapping them in foil. Also, I used Thai basil in the glaze.

Mango Slaw

I know, mango slaw has no place on a July 4th menu, but then again neither do Thai style ribs. Julienne two mangoes and a red onion. Mix it with a finely diced serrano pepper. To this add the juice of one lime, two dashes of rice wine vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar, 3 tablespoons of fish sauce, and a tablespoon of sesame oil. Stir and let it all come together at room temperature for an hour or so.

Cilantro Corn

Grill corn. Bring a half stick of butter to room temperature. Squeeze in juice from half lime. Add in a 1/2 cup of finely chopped cilantro; mix to blend. When corn comes off grill, rub butter over it. Make lewd jokes.

Plate it, eat it, and this is what you are left with.


MindyMoo said...

I grilled some corn this weekend, and family members complained that the corn was "raw"... they ended up microwaving it to make it more tender. How long did you grill yours, and what say you about "raw" tasting corn?

Rene said...

I've always thought most corn, especially the incomparable Silver Queen, could be eaten raw. So my first advice to you is next time your family members complain, yell at them, cause a scene, and let it lead to years of animosity, silence, and ruined holidays.

Should you choose to behave differently than my family, grill it for about 3 or 4 minutes per side, just to get that nice charred, Thanksgiving looking coloring and flavoring.

Anonymous said...

You should have named this post "Thai Want My Baby Back, Baby Back"

You are slipping.

MindyMoo said...

"next time your family members complain, yell at them, cause a scene, and let it lead to years of animosity, silence, and ruined holidays"

You must know my family?

Seriously, the corn was supermarket corn, already husked, probably refrigerated to death for a week before we left, so that's probably the reason it tasted like crap. I had 14 (yes, 14) ears of farmer's market corn in my fridge, but I forgot them at home. Doh!