Happy Food Memories & A Give Away

IMG_2632It is incredible when a simple scent or taste of something evokes a childhood memory. The moment is warm and wonderful and happy. Hopefully, the moment is also delicious as was the case for me when I made some Asian baby back ribs using Butcher Block’s Rib Sauce. Before we dip into the sauce let me give you a bit of history.

me and the kids making some food memories

me and the kids making some food memories

Growing up in a traditional Italian home my mom cooked nearly every night for all 7 of us. Having only raised two, I honestly can’t imagine how much work it was for her to cook for 5 children, 4 of them being very hungry boys. I am not certain she really liked to cook, so when she got a Friday or Saturday night off it was a total treat for her. And when Mama’s happy everybody is happy! Dining out in our household meant one of two things: Chrone’s for pizza or Chu Dynasty for Chinese.

Asian style ribs

Asian style ribs

My dad adored Asian food and I am certain my love for the same came from him. It certainly wasn’t any kind of food that was ever prepared in my mom’s kitchen, so going to Chu Dynasty on route 22 was always pure delight. Dad always ordered “family style” from column A and column B. Everything from wonton soup to lobster cantonese and always, always, always spareribs (or as we joked “spare-libs”). Those were his favorites. The ribs, as I recall, were always meaty, juicy and falling off the bone….and an odd shade of red. How did they make them?

simply natural and delicious

simply natural and delicious

Time to dip into the sauce. Many years ago I became familiar with the Butcher Block brand when I tried their teriyaki sauce. It is better than homemade with simple ingredients like sugar, soy sauce, water, fresh garlic and fresh ginger. It is delicious and convenient and has been the secret ingredient in a number of my recipe contests wins. Check out the Harley Davidson motorcycle I won using the sauce in a salad dressing. Trust me it is the sauce that is the winner.

me and my cherry apple red Harley

me and my cherry apple red Harley

So when Diane over at Butcher Block headquarters in Boston asked me to try their rib sauce and blog about it I was all in. I had never seen the rib sauce before and was curious. When I opened it up and caught a whiff I knew I had seen that shade of red before. It had Chinese BBQ spareribs written all over it. In fact, it is the original as noted on the jar and one bite of my simply prepared ribs brought me right back to those family dinners at Chu Dynasty. I would have loved to have been able to make these for my dad.rib sauce

It only takes 4 simple ingredients.

Asian BBQ Ribs

Asian BBQ Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

–as many slabs as you need (no trimming necessary)

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Butcher Block Rib Sauce

Heat oven to 500F. Fill a roasting pan (I used my oven broiler pan) with 1/2-inch of water. Place a rack on the pan. Season ribs generously with salt and pepper; place on rack. Cover the ribs with heavy duty foil, forming a tent so the foil isn’t touching the ribs and seal the foil tightly around the edge of the pan. Place in hot oven for 1 hour. Cool in tented foil for 1 hour. Remove from pan, wrap in foil and chill until ready to grill. Grill ribs, over medium heat, turning and basting with rib sauce, until hot and glazed. Be careful as the meat will be falling off the bone….YUM!

Asian candied bacon

Asian candied bacon

Just for fun I also used the rib sauce to candy some bacon. All I did was dice 6 slices of bacon, cooked it until it was crisp (draining the grease as needed) and then added 1 tablespoon of rib sauce to the pan, stirring until the bacon was glazed. It was a big hit on top of these sliders which I also glazed with the rib sauce.

Asian Pork Sliders with Candied Bacon

Asian Pork Sliders with Candied Bacon

I hope I have inspired you today to make some food memories with your family and maybe even a recipe contest winner. If you would like to try any of the Butcher Block products you can order them on-line at http://www.butcherblocksauces.com or you can give them a call at 1-617-269-1105. I imagine if you are lucky enough to live in the Boston area you can pick them up in your local grocery store. And if you are feeling lucky then please leave a comment so I can enter you into today’s give away sponsored by Butcher Block. What fun it would be to win a prize pack of these delicious sauces. Good luck.

47 thoughts on “Happy Food Memories & A Give Away

  1. Loved your special memories Lisa! And I would love to be your giveaway winner to make my own special memories! :).

  2. Another inspired blog post – loved seeing the photo of you on the Harley! Butcher Block sauces are delicious … I’ve had the pleasure of trying them as well as having meats that have been marinated in them. I’d love a chance to win the prize pack. Keep up the great work in the kitchen and at the keyboard 🙂

  3. As always, I enjoy your beautifully written blog! Thank you for sharing with us. I would love to win that delicious sounding sauce. 🙂 🙂 🙂 & Bon Appetit, Y’all always! Mary Louise

  4. Never saw that picture of you on the motorcycle before. That’s a great shot. Too bad they didn’t have Instagram in those days, lol. That sauce sounds great. I will check out their web site.

  5. Chinese ribs were a big favorite in our family as well when we were growing up. Am definitely going to try these ribs and sauce. Love your blog.
    Carol R

  6. Each dish looked better then the next. Bacon in that sauce – OMG! Must have!

  7. Loved your story, Lisa. Especially the picture with the cherry red Harley! What a fun prize!

  8. Lisa I remember when you won the Harley in a “hog inspired” contest, no? 🙂 The candied bacon on the sliders looks like a winner to me!

  9. I was with you at Stew’s when we saw that Harley roped off in the middle of the store…of course you HAD to enter the contest and of course you WON! Anyway, the ribs look so good (as does the bacon). Need to get a bottle of that soon!

  10. Lisa, Not sure what I love best about this blog. I too love Asian food; the bbq ribs smothered in that sauce is nothing short of mouthwatering; and any recipe that has candy and bacon in the same sentence . . . well enough said about that; but no – the picture of you on that Harley is hands down the very best part of this blog!

  11. How funny that one of my family memories is getting together with everyone and also ordering Chinese food with your brother (my Uncle Charlie) who also always ordered ribs! I did always wonder what made them red. I definitely have to order these sauces! Sound yummy! Love the motorcycle Mama pic!

  12. I didn’t see the Harley when I was at your house! And the sauce looks delicious…. My dad was a big fan of Asian ribs also!

  13. I had no idea about the Harley! Loved that pic. We need to hear more next time the Marshall girls get together.

  14. I love that Harley story! And what a great recipe both for the memory you have and the tribute to your dad!

  15. Loved reading about your memories, Lisa!!! The bbq looks awesome!! Thanks for sharing…..

  16. It’s a pleasure to read about your memories. And your recipes are delish!!!!

  17. Lisa, thanks for sharing with us! I am making ribs tonight…wish I had some of that sauce right now to use on them!!

  18. Your stories and recipes are always so inspiring. Would love to try the sauces.

    • I think Butcher Block may only be available in New England grocery stores. I encourage you to order some. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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