Get ready for Memorial Day Weekend with these spice rubbed BBQ Baby Backs with homemade barbecue sauce.  This is one of our favorites for a summer barbecue just like Memorial Weekend.   Many BigOven reviewers have raved about how good they are.  One of my personal favorite reviews was from the crew of a fire station where they said, “THE FELLAS AT THE FIRE HOUSE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH.  THE BBQ SAUCE WITH THIS RECIPE IS A MUST.  I HAVE TRIED SOME BOTTLED SAUCES AND THE RIBS WERE JUST OK  INSTEAD OF BEING ‘GREAT’! tonyparT.”

These ribs are sure to please your family and friends this holiday weekend.   If you don’t want to make the sauce, just substitute one of your personal favorites instead.  However, the sauce is superb and simple to make.  Click Here for the full recipe.

DSC_0066

BigOven Reviews:

New Review just receive Memorial Day Weekend 2013:  Thanks for the recipe. First time making ribs and they were a hit!!! the whole family asked when we were having them again as they were eating them and licking their fingers! The sauce is WELL worth the time to make.  lisatracy

Without question the best ribs that I’ve ever had. Worth making the sauce. Wow..my wife and I were sucking the bones cause it was so good lol. Thx for sharing this recipe. My now staple rib recipe for sure. Patg73

These were a hit at the annual 4th of July BBQ. I had four different families tell me they were the best they’ve ever had. I’m definitely making these again!! Ncrisp24

Watch out Famous Daves. This recipe is awesome. Maderacopy

This is a GREAT recipe, everyone in the house loves it!  Very tender and a fabulous sauce.  I’ve made it again and again by request. NR

THE FELLAS AT THE FIRE HOUSE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH.  THE BBQ SAUCE WITH THIS RECIPE IS A MUST.  I HAVE TRIED SOME BOTTLED SAUCES AND THE RIBS WERE JUST OK  INSTEAD OF BEING ‘GREAT’! tonyparT

We loved these ribs!  We might reduce the chili powder a bit next time.  They certainly have a robust flavor.  I didn’t have the tomato sauce so pureed a tomato instead. You’ll notice our sauce looks a little chunky in the picture..but ohh soooo good!  cbigovenp

For the love of Lamb this is one of the best ways to introduce someone to a Lamb dish. I served this lamb for a Holiday Dinner party; doubled the recipe and it was perfect for 8 people.

Some of my best friends, Scott & Pam, Barry & Gina along with my hubby Gus, of course, enjoyed and savored the meal.  Scott made his famous Port Mushroom Gravy Sauce that complimented the lamb wonderfully.  I’ve tried to get the recipe from him but he only has it in his head and says it always turn out different each time.  The dinner was also served with roasted potatoes along with sauteed fresh green beans with almond slivers.

If serving for 4 people, just stay with the recipe as is. There should be 4 individual chops per person.

Ingredients

2 racks of lamb; about 3 lb. total, Frenched 2  Tbs. Parsley chopped
1  teaspoon Kosher Salt; plus to taste 1  Tbs. fresh thyme chopped
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper; ground pepper 2  Tbs. Dijon mustard Optional
1  cup Croutons; garlic & olive oil seasoned , crushed

Preparation

Place a roasting rack in a large roasting pan and set the lamb racks on top. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F.

1.  Using a sharp paring knife, remove as much of the coating from the individual bones so that they do not discolor during cooking.  This step is not necessary for the ultimate taste, but only for the ultimate look of the lamb.

crouton-crusted-rack-of-lamb-2

2.  Remove as much excess fat as your desire. I cut off all the fat that I can because I think it helps to keep the lamb final flavor a little more on the milder side and less greasy. Make sure to remove as much fat as possible to take the edge off the taste of the lamb.

3.  Season the lamb generously with salt and pepper. If the time of year permits or if you have an indoor grill, sear lamb over high heat to add heat scoring and to seal the juices in the meat.

4.  Place the racks, fat side up, on a roasting rack, with the bones facing outward and the loins towards the center of the pan.  See the pictures for clarification.  Cover the lamb bones with foil to keep them from browning to much.  If you like dijon mustard, then you can evenly spread 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard over each lamb loin prior to adding the crouton crumbs.

crouton-crusted-rack-of-lamb-4

5.  In a small bowl, stir together the crushed croutons, parsley, thyme, the 1 tsp. salt and the 1/2 tsp. pepper. Spread the mixture evenly over the loins of each rack, pressing gently to form a loose crust.  (I use Fresh Gourmet Roasted Garlic Croutons — one of my favorites and there is enough garlic and olive oil in the crumbs at the bottom of the bag to do 1/2 a recipe.  If I don’t have these croutons on hand then I would substitute plain croutons or a coarse bread crumb then add 2 minced garlic cloves and 3 tablespoons olive oil to the crouton mixture.)

crouton-crusted-rack-of-lamb-5

6.  Transfer to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, away from the bone, registers 125 Degrees F for rare, 35 to 40 minutes.  They will continue to cook a little more as they rest.  (When planning for a dinner party, place lamb in oven as the last guest arrives to ensure that it doesn”t over cook.

7.  Transfer the lamb racks to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for about 10 minutes. Cut the racks into chops, transfer to individual plates.   Serve immediately.

crouton-crusted-rack-of-lamb-6

Cuisine:French    Main Ingredient: Lamb

Marinate the chicken in a lemon juice and Tuscan Style Italian seasoning. McCormick Gourmet brand Tuscan Italian Spice adds just the right flavoring. Sear the chicken on the grill and then finish in oven for a flavorful moist chicken.  Serves 2 for dinner.  Loved this combination served with Italian spiced turkey gravy over mash potatoes.

tuscan-style-italian-seasoning-lemo

2 boneless chicken breast halves 1 teaspoon Italian dried spices Tuscan Style
1/2 medium Fresh lemon juice; fresh squeezed 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup soda water or Perrier

Preparation

Prepare marinade by mixing together all ingredients except chicken in a gallon size baggies or 10 x 10 x 2 baking dish, clay dish preferred. Rinse and then dry chicken breast. then trim away any fat that may be left on the chicken. Cut each breast half into 1/2 or 1/3 strips so that each is a strip of around 1 1/2 – 2″ thick. This will allow for more even cooking on the grill and in the oven.

Place chicken strips in marinade and turn each piece to coat all sides. Place in refrigerator and allow to rest in the marinade. Wait 15 minutes and turn chicken over one more time so that the side that was up is now down. Wait another 15 minutes before cooking.

Heat grill to high. Remove chicken from refrigerator and pour off the marinade from chicken. Allow marinade juice to drip off of chicken before placing on hot grill. This will be easier if you have kitchen thongs to grip the chicken strips.

Sear chicken pieces on grill until sear marks are on top and bottom of each piece. Let chicken grill on one side around 5 minutes. Allow at least 5 minutes per side to avoid sticking to grill. In meantime, preheat oven to 350 degrees. (If you do not have an indoor/outdoor grill, then pan sear on medium high for the same time until browned on each side.)

Rinse baking dish and set aside to use in oven to finish bake the chicken.  The chicken will bake for at least 30 mintues so the same dish can be used if it has been rinsed thoroughly.  Place seared chicken breast in one layer in baking dish, sprinkle with additional Tuscan Italian Seasoning and bake for 30 – 40 minutes until no longer pink in center.

via Tuscan Style Lemon Chicken | BigOven.com.