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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Simple Spareribs and Beans on the Fire




Another campfire cook at the lake. 
Sometimes the best tasting meals are the ones that take the least amount of fuss.  In the world of outdoor cooking, ribs have been treated in all manner of ways, brined, rubbed, trimmed, foiled, probably injected.  There's a lot to be said about the good ole "ribs meet fire" method. :)


After breakfast one morning I started a pot of pinto beans. I had soaked them overnight, drained them and added ham chunks, onions, garlic, a couple of bay leaves, red pepper flakes, a couple pinches of thyme, rosemary and marjoram. I let them simmer all day on the fire. (did add salt when they were tender)

About noon I slathered a rack of spareribs with bacon drippings, seasoned with salt and pepper and set them on the cool end side of the fire...




I let the ribs slow cook over the fire, flipping and rotating every once in awhile for even cooking. Also added a log to the fire when needed.


Had plenty of time for fishin' and "thinkin'" ... :)



I planned on letting them slow roast for about 6 hours. ( seems like they always take about 6 hours this way). I watched for the pull back on the bones.






gave the beans a stir once in awhile and added water when needed....




I was pretty hungry after smelling these roast all afternoon! 
Ended up giving them a quick brush with spicy Q sauce before removing from the heat.




I almost forgot to get a pic of them plated. They tasted pretty good at the time. Had a little tug like I like em.... not fall off the bone soft.



The evening was nice.  The air was crisp and cool so the campfire really felt good.








There's just something about a warm campfire and pretty stars....makes you forget about the rest of the world. :)

Probably my last camp out for the year but I'm getting geared up for deer season next. Can't wait!

18 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Those ribs and sides look wonderful, I can almost smell that food and fire.

Rolf Virbom said...

I´d like to be with you!
Great Ribs!

cowgirl said...

Thank you Sunnybrook! :)

cowgirl said...

Thanks Rolf! I think you would like the little lake and the campfire cooking. Good to see ya, hope all is well at the Outlaw Camp! :)

Ohiofarmgirl said...

just beautiful! great work!

cowgirl said...

Ohiofarmgirl thank you!! Hope you have a great weekend. :)

LindaG said...

Oh. I never thought of using bacon fat for ribs. Thanks for the idea! :-)

Have a great weekend!

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

I like it Jeanie. Kinda gives you a reason to hang close to the fire. I will probably be doing that one sometime in my next summer camping season. Looks good.

Sid said...

With the Government back in business I thought you might make one more try at the lake. Managed to schedule one long weekend myself and got skunked by those expletives in DC. Pardon my language. :) I think I'd like to try your lake sometime. Something about being right on the shore with ribs on the fire sounds very relaxing. Used my long weekend to finally finish the smoker I've been working on for 3 years. :( Ran some ribs through it, need practice. :)

Three Dogs BBQ said...

Someone who knows not the add the salt until the beans are cooked or they get tough... You are the master Jeanie...

Old Smoke said...

Great lookin' food as usual, BUT the question is.....Did ya catch any fish? or did I miss that... The peace and quiet is ALL that really matters aaaand ya don't have to get your hands messy...;)
Good luck with the deer season..;)

Jonno_G said...

Your camping season is just winding up, while we're just now getting warm enough to camp out. Been out a couple of times already, but no proper camp cooking yet. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the things I've been reading on your blog.

Once again, an amazing looking meal you've put together!

cowgirl said...

Thanks Linda! I had a nice weekend. :) Bacon drippings are just too tasty for me to throw away. lol

cowgirl said...

Mark I hope you do get a chance to go camping next summer. Really enjoyed your canoe pics. Looks so pretty up there! :)

cowgirl said...

Hey Chris, good to see ya! Sorry to hear your weekend plans were ruined...but happy to hear you finished your smoker. Would love to see pics of it sometime. :)
The little lake is pretty relaxing at times. I didn't catch many fish but the stars were nice.

cowgirl said...

:) Bill thanks!! That's the way I was taught. :)
Hope you had a great weekend.

cowgirl said...

Thanks Rick! I caught a few fish. Not many but enough to make me happy. :)
Hope all is well on your end of the world!
Thanks about deer season, I'm getting excited about it. :D

cowgirl said...

Thank you Jonno! Glad to hear you're getting out camping too. Hope you take pics of your outings, I bet your area is beautiful!
Thanks for stopping by. :)