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John McCain's Ribs

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Nothing makes me happier than grilling for family and friends. I have lots of energy, it keeps me moving.  ~John McCain

With the Labor Day holiday coming up, it seems fitting for our Tasty Tuesday recipe to feature Senator John McCain's recipe for grilled ribs. It's reported that since he could not move his arms above his shoulders, he often said that he considered grilling his sport and made it a habit to entertain friends and elected officials from both sides of the aisle at his Arizona ranch as often as possible. 

Ribs for four

2 to 2 1/2 pounds baby-back pork ribs

Dry rub

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons salt

2  teaspoons ground or cracked black pepper

3 lemons


Turn the grill down to low temperature.

Mix together spices and cover both sides of the ribs with the mixture.

Grill ribs, bone side down, for 90 percent of the time, about 45 minutes per pound. Squeeze the lemon onto the ribs frequently, for taste and to keep them moist.

John's recipe can be made in the oven, as well. 

Season ribs with spice mixture and place in pan, bone side down.

Sprinkle generously with fresh lemon juice.

Cover with foil; cook 45 minutes per pound at 350 degrees F. 

During the last 30 minutes, remove foil and continue cooking until browned and meat is pulling from the bones. 

Generously sprinkle with fresh lemon juice throughout cooking, carefully removing and replacing foil, as needed.

We are told that John usually served a variety of grilled vegetables and a green salad with his ribs. 

Here's wishing our Tasty Tuesday recipe readers a lovely and thoughtful Labor Day holiday weekend with family and friends.

Ellen Troyer, with David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

Our sincere condolences to the John McCain family and the tens of millions of people who are mourning this very special man's passing.