Daily Archives: February 1, 2008

Super Ribs

Apparently there’s some sort of sporting ritual Sunday afternoon, so I’m smoking a few racks of ribs. Baby backs with applewood chips.

So just in case there’s anyone else out there mixing the manly rituals of fire, smoked pig flesh and pigskin, here’s a recipe for the best rib rub I’ve ever had. It’s from Mike Mills, owner of 17th Street Barbecue in Murphysboro, Ill., and winner of multiple Memphis in May championships. The joint is one big reason I don’t mind driving eight hours to visit my in-laws.

This is from his book “Peace, Love and Barbecue.” It’s a must-have for barbecue fans.

Magic Dust

There’s a big shaker of Magic Dust next to the salt and pepper in my own kitchen and at all my restaurants. I wish I could figure out a way to attach the bottle to the restaurant tables because, at my restaurants, it’s the most frequently stolen item!
To make it a little more hot and spicy, increase the mustard powder and black pepper to 1/4 cup each.

1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup kosher salt, finely ground
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons mustard powder
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1/4 cup granulated garlic
2 tablespoons cayenne

Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly covered container. You’ll want to keep some in a shaker next to the grill or stove. Keeps indefinitely but won’t last long.

MAKES ABOUT 2 1/2 CUPS

There’s more from the book, including his rib techniques and a recipe for his awesome barbecue sauce here. 

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Iowa cuts the telephone cord

From the Sioux City Journal and Lee Newspapers’ Dan Gearino:

DES MOINES — A report released this week shows the number of wireless phones in Iowa has surged ahead of the number of landlines, a development that signals wider changes in telecommunications.

The Iowa Utilities Board survey lists 1.94 million wireless phone connections and 1.48 million landlines as of mid-2007. That’s a clear shift from the previous survey, two years ago, when the two types of voice service were neck and neck.

Read the whole story here 

But if you’re tired of all this technological advancement, here’s something for you:

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Virginia’s Trashmore

A couple readers wondered what Virginia Beach, Va.’s Mount Trashmore looks like, so here it is. And here is more info for the curious.

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‘Senator Hick’ makes NY sick

The New York Daily News unloads on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley after the Iowa Republican cited Rudy Giuliani’s “New York personality” as one reason he didn’t catch on in the caucus campaign:

An Iowa senator is blaming the Big Apple‘s “lifestyle” and “personality” for Rudy Giuliani‘s failure to win over Middle America.

Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, a dour, 74-year-old Corn Belt Republican, said Wednesday that Giuliani’s spectacular flameout stemmed from “that New York personality.”

And New Yorkers are responding with plenty of personality and a couple of choice words: Shtick it!

“The New York lifestyle hasn’t gone over [in] some places. It seemed like the more people got acquainted with him, the less they liked him,” he said.

Not content to leave it there, the Big Apple-baiting butthead from Butler County said that unlike Las Vegas, “Things you do in New York don’t stay in New York.”

Hey, I never get to use `butthead’ in my columns. Read the rest here.

Rudy lost because, in the eyes of many GOP activists, in Iowa and elsewhere, he’s not a real Republican. It’s really that simple. He thinks abortion is a personal decision, that guns should be controlled and that gays and lesbians shouldn’t be marginalized. All his pledges of allegiance to Justice Scalia couldn’t make that go away.

His New York personality had little to do with it. But the positions he had to take to win public office in New York that sank him.

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