Memorial Day is a time to spend with family, enjoy cookouts, and most importantly remember our fallen heroes. My father served and living in the DC Metro area we have friends who serve and have lost loved ones so it is important to remember those that cannot be there with us.

This year we decided to celebrate by making smoked ribs. My husband and I have been smoking for three year when I bought my husband his smoker for father’s day (a great gift that the whole family can enjoy). First we use a homemade rub (see below) for the pork baby back ribs that we put on both sides of the ribs. Then we smoke the ribs with a mix of hickory and apple woodchips at 250o for two hours. Next we wrap them in foil with a little bit of apple juice to steam the ribs to extreme fall off the bone tenderness and smoke for another two hours. Finally, we take them out of the foil and mop on a bbq sauce of our choice and smoke for another hour. Then they are done and ready to eat! We usually take them off and cover them with foil while I get the table ready before we cut the ribs and eat.

The great thing about smoking is that it takes a while so it gives you plenty of time during the day to hang out with your family. Given the long winter here in DC we have been spending as much time outside as possible. With the hot day on Memorial Day I decided to break out the sprinkler so Marco could cool off from all the bike riding and sidewalk chalk painting.

I would love to hear how you celebrate with your family and friends

Chao for now.

Dry Rub – This makes a lot of rub so you can store the extra in an air-tight container
  • 1-Cup Brown Sugar
  • ½-Cup Paprika
  • 1-Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1-Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1-Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1-Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1-Tablespoon Salt
1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
2. Sprinkle on both sides of the ribs and rub into the meat
3. You are ready to get smokin’