We are lucky to live on a lake all year, but the best time to be on the lake is when we can share it with friends and family. This year, the 4th of July was especially nice, since we had several relatives come to visit with my mother-in-law, Alice. She had a great time. And we had wonderful food.
I wasn't sure if I wanted my ribs to have a dry rub, or a sauce...so I did both. The dry rub won the popular vote.
I found a great recipe for a dry rub from my friend DeeCook, You can find it here: Oven Baked Pork Ribs
Easy stuff. Just be sure to cut off that membrane on the back of the ribs first, then rub the spices all over and put it in a foil pan. Cover it up real tight, and bake it at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Then just finish it off on the grill. Superb.
For the saucy ribs, I just mixed some honey into original Open Pit Barbecue Sauce. Kind of old school, but my favorite sauce. Next time I'll share my homemade BBQ sauce.
Later, we sent our guests out to catch some fish. They actually caught quite a few right off of the dock, then cleaned them up and fried them. Quite the treat!
I'm happy to say that I had no part in the preparation of this fish...it's not often that someone cooks for me, so I was happy to just supply the drinks.
We set up a make-shift kitchen outside and kept the mess to a minimum.
Alice can't cook anymore, but she was still able to provide instruction on how to make the batter. Dip the fish fillets in flour first, then in the batter (simply beat together 2 eggs and blend in a can of beer). Finally, dip it in some seasoned cornmeal. We used some salt and cayenne pepper.
Keeping it on the grill meant no odor in the house. :)
Serve it up on a vintage McDonald's plate, add a few grilled potatoes, and you have a perfect meal!
Belle waits for some treats to drop to the ground.
And a good time was had by all....
Stay tuned for the final days of summer....the State Fair edition!