Mango and Hickory Smoked Ribs

by Jenn on September 22, 2009

in Cookbooks,Dairy Free,Diabetic Friendly,Dips and Sauces,Gluten Free,Meats

While it is still warm out during these last few days of summer (hello Autumn! You officially started today!), we had a family BBQ with some slow cooked hickory smoked ribs, and a delicious mango sauce.  This recipe was adapted from a recipe found in one of my favorite cooking magazines that I subscribe to, Cuisine at Home.  Of all the years I have subscribed to various magazines, this one has consistently been my favorite.  By far it is the most useful, practical, and technique based, with a focus on good food and flavor rather than necessarily “easy” or “convenient”.  I like this approach to cooking.  I honestly do not mind putting time into making food if I know that time is well spent and in the end I will have created a delicious meal.  It seems a bit of a counterintuitive paradigm for food preparation in today’s culture of speed and instant gratification, but I get my pleasure from not just the end result, but the act of making food.  You know the phrase, “It’s not the destination but the journey that matters”?  I feel that this is especially true in cooking.  Yes, it is great to eat tasty food.  But that tasty food is even more rewarding when it was made through age-old techniques that do not sacrifice flavor for time or convenience.  I enjoy putting work into food, and I enjoy putting time into cooking.

And so does the rest of my family – here is a rare precious photo of my husband and my dad enjoying some bonding time by the grill:


The act of cooking can be as involved or not involved as you want it to be.  In my family, we have an entire culture around food – food brings people together, and allows for great memories to be made – not just of the flavors tasted, but of the people it was shared with.  So I bring you these delicious slow cooked mango BBQ ribs.  May they bring you a great dinner with friends/family, and great memories.

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