Since we are celebrating fathers today at Sunday Supper, I thought a manly meal was most appropriate. And there is nothing more manly than barbecued beans served alongside barbecued pork ribs that have been tenderly baked and then slathered with barbecue sauce and grilled over an open charcoal flame. If you want to throw together a green salad, that works too, but many men will find it quite superfluous. Our Sunday Supper host this week is none other than our illustrious leader, Isabel from Family Foodie. creator and chief motivator of the Sunday Supper group.
I’d love to write a tribute here to my father, but, the truth is, I just don’t know where to start. Maybe it’s a daughter thing, but my father has always been larger than life for me. He is a man of intense intelligence and quick wit, with the softest heart. My parents divorced when I was nine years old so time with Daddy has always been precious. Let me tell you one story. Many years ago, summer of 1983 to be precise, Daddy had just moved from Jakarta to Brunei. In the days pre-internet, the only way I could let him know that I was headed his way was to make a very expensive transatlantic phone call or to ask his Dallas office to send him a telex. As a poor college student, I chose the latter.
I arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan, after more than 30 hours of traveling, exhausted but elated to be there. No one was at the airport to greet me. Since this was my first visit, I suddenly realized that I didn’t even know Daddy’s address or phone number. I approached the counter of the local car rental company and asked if they had a phone book I could borrow. Mercifully, they did and Daddy’s office telephone number was listed there. The lady behind the counter was kind enough to dial it for me and Daddy’s secretary put me through. My father’s response to hearing my voice was succinct. “Stacy, you screw up!” Yet somehow Daddy made it sound like an endearment. He roared up to the airport to collect me. And he took the afternoon off and we went home.
Daddy is a great storyteller, a trait he inherited from his own father, a raconteur from way back. (His advice has always been to never to let the truth get in the way of a good story.) Lots of his tall tales involve the exploits of his daughters and I have heard him tell the story of my first arrival in Brunei many times over the years. I think that he has a certain pride in our ability to travel alone and land on the ground, feet first, even in strange land. This week I am visiting my father and my stepmother in their current home of Ecuador. I reminded him of that old story, and his own snippy response. Never mind that it has been 30 years, he had the good grace to blush. It’s so great to share the laughter. Now let’s cook some beans and ribs.
I made these dishes a while back and took the photos in less than ideal conditions so my apologies for the poor lighting.
For the beans:
1/4 cup or 60ml apple cider vinegar
6 oz (by weight) or 1 cup or 170g dried cannellini beans
1 can (14.5 oz or 411g) chopped tomatoes
1/2 small can (3 oz or 75g) tomato paste
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons sea salt
1- 2 teaspoons cayenne (depending on how spicy you like your beans)
For the ribs:
1 rack of baby back pork ribs per person
Barbecue sauce (I usually make my own but use whatever sauce is your favorite.)
First, preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and put the ribs in an oven safe baking pan. Season them liberally on both sides with sea salt and black pepper. Give the ribs a good drizzle of olive oil and add a cup of water to the pan.
Cover with foil. When the oven reaches the correct temperature, put the ribs in and set a timer for one hour.
Now get the beans started. I use a pressure cooker because I prefer to keep the beans whole. I find that if I start with soaked beans and cook them in a normal pot, by the time they are soft enough for me, they are also a big mush. The pressure cooker cooks them through without them completely disintegrating.
Put all the bean ingredients into a pressure cooker with enough water to cover the beans plus about two inches or 4cm.
Close the lid and turn the fire on high and bring to a boil. When you hear the ch-ch-ch noise of the steam start, turn the fire down to medium low. The pressure should still be making an audible ch-ch-ch, just more quietly.
Cook for about 40 minutes and then remove from the stove. Allow the pressure cooker to cool enough until it is safe to open.
Open the pressure cooker and test a bean. If they are cooked or very close to cooked, put the pressure cooker back on the stove, without the lid, and cook until the liquid reduces to your desired thickness. Or, if sticking seems to be problem, put the beans into a non-stick skillet and do the same. Some folks like their beans runny but when it comes to barbecue beans, I think thicker is better. Use your own judgment. Taste the salt and pepper and add more if necessary.
Meanwhile, about 15-20 minutes before your ribs are done, light your grill. When the coals are ready, remove the ribs from the oven and take off the foil.
Grill the ribs, applying the barbecue sauce of your choice liberally on one side and then the other.
Turning the ribs every few minutes, until the sauce is cooked on and the ribs are sticky.
This only takes about 15 minutes.
|Daddy and me in Salinas!|
Dad’s Favorite Main Dishes:
- Father’s Day Ribs by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Chorizo Burgers by La Cocina de Leslie
- Whiskey Sliders by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Beer Can Chicken by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Pesto Shrimp Roll Sandwich by Growing Up Gabel
- Cast Iron Filet Mignon with Wine Sauce by I Run For Wine
- Grilled Tilapia with Blueberry Mango Salsa by Runner’s Tales
- Chicken Wings for Dad by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Fish with Black Bean Sauce by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Spaghetti with Homemade Meatballs by Curious Cuisiniere
- Tamale Pie Ring by Treats & Trinkets
- Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables by Foxes Loves Lemons
- Grandma Papina’s Lamb Stew by Webicurean
- Barbecue Beans and Ribs by Food Lust People Love
- Skillet Meat Lasagna by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Panko Crusted Snapper by Supper for a Steal
- Gluten Free Bourbon Honey Grilled Pork Chops by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Boiled Shrimp for Father’s Day by The Catholic Foodie
- Dad’s Famous Baby Back Ribs by Family Foodie
- Turkey Stuffed Peppers by Ruffles & Truffles
- Lightened Up Fish Biriyani With Fresh Dill by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Cauliflower, Potato, and Cheddar Pierogi by Healthy.Delicious
Dad’s Favorite Appetizers and Sides:
- Spicy Caramelized Bacon Wrapped Smoked Oysters by Noshing with the Nolands
- Tuna Pasta Salad – Dad’s Recipe by Juanita’s Cocina
- Grilled Bok Choy by Shockingly Delicious
- Bacon-Cheddar Potato Salad by Home Cooking Memories
- Couscous Tabbouleh by Soni’s Food
Dad’s Favorite Desserts
- Dad’s Cheesecake by Table for 7
- Cheese Crackers by The Urban Mrs
- Coconut Cream Pie by Cookin’ Mimi
- Chewy Oat Cookies with a Banana Bread Influence by What Smells So Good?
- Homemade Nutter Butters by Pies and Plots
- Shoot for the Stars Chocolate Cupcakes by Ninja Baking
- Golden Coconut Bars by Magnolia Days
- Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by NeighborFood
- Velvet Cookies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pecan Pie by Small Wallet Big Appetite
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