We are smack dab in the middle of the best month of the year, June. It brings us: summertime, pools, beach, BBQs, the ever important summer cocktails. All of these are fantastic reasons to love this month, but the most important reason I love June is the fact that it’s my Birthday Month.
That’s right. I get the whole month to celebrate my birthday. I know you’re thinking, “Waaaait?! Whaaaat?! The whole flippin’ month?!” That’s the normal response. I get it. Some people don’t like celebrating a day, so forget about 30 whole days! And then I clue people in on what happens during my Birthday Month and urge them to take a month for themselves, because it’s totally the most awesomest gift you can give yourself, ever. Here’s a rundown of what goes down during my month.
1. I get to control the radio at all times, no matter what. If I want to listen to 80′s Ladies for 3 hours straight? I can, and my hubby will just have to “enjoy” listening to me singing Belinda Carlisle for the 20th time. Do you ever want to put a song on repeat for like the whole day? Do it. My family has, this month, listened to Gyote’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” over and over, and over, and over. And let’s just say, anything sung by a Disney tiny bop star, has been thrown out the window this month. I’m like my family’s own personal DJ for a month and I love it.
2. I get to make all decisions on what we do, where we go, what we eat as a family. I’m dying to hit up the local Botanical Gardens and I know my main man will have less than a joyous response. “Where do you want to go? Ugh! Look at plants?! And you want me to go with you?!” Guess what we’ll be doing this weekend, buddy? Surprise!
3. Use the Birthday Month as an excuse to do or not do anything you want. This is really the Cream of the Crop, Jewel of the Nile reason to celebrate the whole month. This month alone I have: put of cleaning dishes until they form a hard crust on them, then turn around and soak them for at least a day before I even touch them. Helped myself to a summer cocktail, with lunch, three days in a row. Worn my favorite skirt for 4 days in a row, before my baby threw up on it, and forced me to throw it in the dirty clothes. Used my daughter’s hair color rub and sported a pink streak in my hair. Oh, do you think I’m too old for pink streaks? Sorry sucker, not this month, because haters, it’s my mother freakin’ Birthday Month.
The thing I love the best about this celebratory month, is that we grill almost every night for dinner. For me, June is a month of Birthday Love and meat. And you can’t have a month of grilling meat without making some tasty ribs. These ribs, are first cooked in the oven to make the meat tender, and then thrown on the grill smothered in BBQ Sauce for that grilliness taste. Make these ribs, eat them up and celebrate this Birthday Month with me, because there’s always more room for more celebrators.
***Disclaimer: I do realize that Father’s Day takes place during MY month and I do allow the men to have their day. Because honestly, my dad and husband deserve a day to celebrate how rock awesome they are. They do after all, put up with all my craziness of taking a month to celebrate the bday. And I think they could use a day off of listening to my High School Jams Track hour after hour.
- 2 slabs of baby back ribs
- Can of root beer or Dr. Pepper
- Dry Rub:
- 3 Tablespoons onion powder
- 3 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 3 Tablespoon Sea Salt or 4 TBSP Kosher Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Cumin
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- Your favorite BBQ sauce
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Combine all dry rub ingredients in an airtight container.
- Rub both sides of the slab of ribs with 1-2 Tablespoons of the dry rub.
- Place ribs, bone side down on a cookie sheet.
- Pour rootbeer or Dr. Pepper into the bottom of the pan.
- Cover pan tightly with foil.
- Cook for 2 hours.
- Turn oven up to 350 degrees.
- Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the ribs are easily cut with a knife.
- ***Please be careful when opening the foil because hot steam will be released.
- Set your grill at medium heat.
- Grill ribs 5-10 minutes each side and then coat them with BBQ Sauce.
- Grill for 5-10 more minutes each side, until the sauce has caramelized.
- Take off grill, cut up and serve with a side of BBQ Sauce.
We personally LOVE the smother these ribs in our Crazy Good Homemade BBQ Sauce. Make them today, right now. You’re taste buds will go gaga! And make extra, because you won’t want to share.