Definition of barbeque
1.outdoor party with food cooked outdoors: an outdoor party where people eat food cooked on a grill
2.food cooked on grill: food, especially meat, poultry, and fish, cooked on a grill
3.equipment for cooking outdoors: an apparatus, including a grill and fuel, used for cooking food outdoors
[ Mid-17th century. < American Spanish barbacoa, probably < Arawak barbakoa “frame of sticks” ]
Guess what the definition of BBQ does not include:
1. Meat covered in a sugary-red sauce that you cooked in your crock pot
2. Pulled meat products of any kind that were cooked indoors
3. Anything that requires electricity to cook.
I really tried not to start this post with another pissed off rant, but it did not happen once I started looking at recipe blogs this morning. I do not care what you call it, but if you are cooking indoors you are not making bbq. You can make pulled pork inside, but you cannot make BBQ pulled pork. Do you understand? Real barbecue is a friggin art and takes time and dedication to master. It makes me angry when you people throw that term around just because there is some sugary red crap on your meat. I want to beat them with a slab of baby backs until they change the name of their recipe to not include the word barbecue!
Now, while we are on the subject of BBQ, do you want to learn how to do a St. Louis style cut on spare ribs? Of course you do! Now that we are nice and pissed off let’s go grab a knife!
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a slab of the finest spare ribs. Wrapping around one half of the slab is an extra hunk of meat that is not actually part of the ribs themselves, and for aesthetic purposes it is often trimmed off.
With your fingers you will be able to feel where the excess meat is that is not directly attached to the bones.
Trim the excess off in an L shape and throw that sh*t in your crock pot for some BBQ pulled pork! Haha.
Now, we cooked these exactly the same as we always cook spare ribs, because there is no sense in messing with perfection. So you can follow these instructions. What you end up with is a nice rectangular slab or ribs that you can use to impress your neighbors, or to stick it to that b*tch at a potluck who brought a tofu salad.