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At home with Sophia: American style ribs

By Sophia Carlini 24 January 2016 45

Every now and then, I get the biggest craving for a rack of American style ribs; unfortunately, I haven’t found any good ribs places in Canberra. The places I have tried have been disappointing, with sickly sweet marinades and anorexic cows; there’s nothing worse then paying a bucket load for ribs and getting the tiniest bit of meat.

As I was walking past the butcher in the Canberra Centre, I noticed massive beef ribs in their display. I bought 6 ribs and 2 pieces of steak (for another night’s dinner); it cost me almost $70! I could not believe it. I was almost tempted to tell the butcher not to worry about it, but I felt bad that he had already packed it all up. All I could do was hope that the were going to be the most delicious ribs there ever was.

I looked for a marinade recipe and came across one from Taste.com which I have adapted.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup bourbon (a small bottle of bourbon is almost $30 — I would recommend borrowing a cup from a bourbon drinker!)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1.5kg pork or beef ribs
  • Lime wedges, to serve

Method:

Combine the tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, bourbon, sugar, paprika and garlic in a baking dish. Add ribs and coat in marinade.

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Cover and marinate in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Remove ribs from the fridge 1 hour before baking.

Preheat oven to 150 degrees.

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 1.5-2 hours. I actually left my on for 4 hours because I had the time and wanted the meat to be really tender.

Once tender, you can either turn the heat up to 200 degrees and caramelise in the over for approximately 10 minutes or, you can chuck them on the BBQ for a couple of minutes. I went for the BBQ option. Tip: to get extra flavour and to use all of the marinade, baste the ribs whilst on the BBQ with the sauce from the bottom of the baking dish.

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I felt like a salad would go perfectly with these ribs and would cut through the heaviness nicely, so I adapted my favourite salad recipe, and by adapted, I mean that I didn’t have any cabbage left in my fridge.

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The flavour was so good and Mike (my fiancé, for readers new to the series) loved them!

A tip to save yourself money: 6 was two too many for two people, and unfortunately they just don’t make for very good left overs.

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Masquara 12:22 pm 04 Feb 16

HenryBG said :

rubaiyat said :

Found these slightly dated references:

https://www.londontoolkit.com/blog/eats/coffee-shop-chains-in-london/

Coffee is about 25% more expensive than here.

http://www.londontoolkit.com/blog/eats/indicative-prices-of-family-restaurants-in-london-2014/

Meals look the same as or more expensive than here. Quality? That I leave up to you. Been a while since I was in the UK but the food was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Good grief.
Price checking by visiting tourist-trap chain-stores? In Kensington???

Here is a posh Oxfordshire pub’s menu:
http://www.dunstewwhitehorse.co.uk/restaurant/menu
mmm. yum. This stuff comes from local farms.

How does it compare with the “Walt & Burley”:
http://www.waltandburley.com.au/pdf/201601_waltandburley_menu.pdf
Nothing in it.
And *I* know which is going to be better…

And moving away from Kensington, and to somewhere that is a bit more on the level with Canberra in terms of class, money and style, we go to Gelato Heaven in Luton:
http://www.gelatoheaven.co.uk/parlourmenu
1 scoop Gelato – $4
waffles with 6 toppings – $10. Super-expensive waffle – $14.

In Canberra?
Gelatissimo – 1 scoop = $5
Waffles –
Smoque: w. 2 toppings – $10.
Or, http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/breakfast-in-the-city-20140529-zrrln.html
$17.

But most importantly, here are the UK fresh vegie prices at the supermarket, in the middle of winter:
Carrots – $1.20/kg
Broccoli – $3/kg
Onions $1.4/kg
Cucumber – $1/ea
http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/search/default.aspx?searchBox=cucumber&newSort=true&search=Search

How about Woolies:
https://www.woolworths.com.au/Shop/Browse/fruit-veg/fresh-veg
Carrots – $2.48/kg
Broccoli – $5.5/kg
Onions $2.98/kg
Cucumber – $2/ea

As you can see, we pay almost exactly 2x the price they pay for fresh food in the UK.

Wage costs in the UK are much, much lower.

rubaiyat 4:16 pm 03 Feb 16

HenryBG said :

As you can see, we pay almost exactly 2x the price they pay for fresh food in the UK.

No we can see that we pay ALMOST twice as much for broccoli. Because it is out of season.

We pay less for cucumbers, 70¢ at Coles, and you got the figures wrong for both the onions and the carrots, which are only a little more expensive at Woolies.

Why have you picked on this tiny set of 4 vegetables?

Because most of the other staples from Tesco’s, of the long list I posted and which got deleted, cost 70% to 400% more at Tesco’s than Woolies.

    Charlotte Harper 7:28 am 04 Feb 16

    Hi Rubaiyat, I’m guessing your post was deleted by the overnight moderator because they felt the conversation about the price comparison of food had gone on long enough and I tend to agree with them. Time to move on, so I’ll approve this one then let’s leave it, thank you.

rubaiyat 4:48 pm 02 Feb 16

Quality doesn’t seem to rate highly in the opinion of many RiotACT posters (or they simply don’t know what that is), so it is worth taking note of what independent markets make of our food.

This article from the ABC addresses the new markets in the Middle East who are much closer to Europe, but prefer Australian produce:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-18/veg-exports-middle-east-boom-japan-declines/6705810

“Mr Sawlani said UAE citizens and the expat community in Dubai were demanding higher quality produce from Australia instead, and were prepared to pay for it.”

“UAE fresh food retailer and processor, Barakat Quality Plus, has been sourcing Australian carrots for over 20 years, as well as potatoes and citrus.

The company’s purchase manager, Anil Pillai, said Australian carrots were the best in the world.

“We tried many origins for carrots from other countries, but we didn’t get a good result, so we came back to Australian carrots,”

“”The cost of production is quite high [in Australia], so it is difficult for us to compete with some of the large-scale production countries that can export vegetables at a cheaper price.

However, Australia’s reputation as a world-leading producer of clean, green and safe vegetables is something that is really driving consumer demand for Australian vegetables in the UAE.”

etc

HenryBG 7:54 pm 01 Feb 16

rubaiyat said :

Found these slightly dated references:

https://www.londontoolkit.com/blog/eats/coffee-shop-chains-in-london/

Coffee is about 25% more expensive than here.

http://www.londontoolkit.com/blog/eats/indicative-prices-of-family-restaurants-in-london-2014/

Meals look the same as or more expensive than here. Quality? That I leave up to you. Been a while since I was in the UK but the food was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Good grief.
Price checking by visiting tourist-trap chain-stores? In Kensington???

Here is a posh Oxfordshire pub’s menu:
http://www.dunstewwhitehorse.co.uk/restaurant/menu
mmm. yum. This stuff comes from local farms.

How does it compare with the “Walt & Burley”:
http://www.waltandburley.com.au/pdf/201601_waltandburley_menu.pdf
Nothing in it.
And *I* know which is going to be better…

And moving away from Kensington, and to somewhere that is a bit more on the level with Canberra in terms of class, money and style, we go to Gelato Heaven in Luton:
http://www.gelatoheaven.co.uk/parlourmenu
1 scoop Gelato – $4
waffles with 6 toppings – $10. Super-expensive waffle – $14.

In Canberra?
Gelatissimo – 1 scoop = $5
Waffles –
Smoque: w. 2 toppings – $10.
Or, http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/breakfast-in-the-city-20140529-zrrln.html
$17.

But most importantly, here are the UK fresh vegie prices at the supermarket, in the middle of winter:
Carrots – $1.20/kg
Broccoli – $3/kg
Onions $1.4/kg
Cucumber – $1/ea
http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/search/default.aspx?searchBox=cucumber&newSort=true&search=Search

How about Woolies:
https://www.woolworths.com.au/Shop/Browse/fruit-veg/fresh-veg
Carrots – $2.48/kg
Broccoli – $5.5/kg
Onions $2.98/kg
Cucumber – $2/ea

As you can see, we pay almost exactly 2x the price they pay for fresh food in the UK.

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