Category BBQ, Grilling, and Smoking meat

Country Ribs – a great ‘meat candy’ alternative to grilling burgers.

June 8, 2015 BBQ, Grilling, and Smoking meat  No comments

IMG_1478I was in HyVee this morning, picking up a few things for Breakfast, and wondering “what on earth can I get away with throwing at the hordes of hungry children in my house for dinner tonight?”

They’ve been hit with chicken (the best bargain for protein lately at .99 to 1.50 a pound), and hamburger (not such a bargain at 3.50 or more for an 80/20 mix, but a staple). And then I came across the Pork Country ribs at $.2.57 a pound.

They’ve been cheaper, and you can generally get a whole pork loin at 1.89 a pound.  But, still, it’s not an awful price, and inexpensive in comparison to hamburger.  And they’re a treat given the amazing things my wife does to them.

What exactly is a “country rib?” If you look at the picture, in many instances, the country rib cut differs little from a pork chop.


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DakotaFoodie’s Own “Ribfest”: Dry or Wet? Beef or Pork?

May 28, 2015 BBQ, Grilling, and Smoking meat  No comments

ribfestlogoBy Todd Epp

With Ribest starting today and running through Sunday in Sioux Falls, I’ll leave it to others whether local rib places should be allowed to participate.

OK, yes, I think they should have, but that meat wagon has driven off.

My questions are more basic. What are the better ribs–beef or pork? What’s the better method? Dry rubbed or slathered in sauce?

Having lived in Topeka, Kansas and having made many trips to Kansas City, my personal preference runs to pork and sauce. I find the pork ribs leaner and I love the selection of BBQ sauces from different BBQ joints. My favorite is Gates (“Hi! Can I help you?” they scream at you as you try to make up your mind.) It’s spicy and vinegary and I can put on as much or as little as I like.

I also like Famous Dave’s BBQ sauces and I like th...

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Time to grill steak? Damn the grill! Get me an oven!

May 25, 2015 BBQ, Grilling, and Smoking meat  2 comments


By Pat Powers

Did the previous article have Todd Epp saying something about grilling this weekend?  I’m not thinking the skies are looking that favorable. Besides. If you’re looking at a choice cut of meat, there is a far better way.

Time to grill steak? Damn the grill! Get me an oven!

In South Dakota, those could be words of a heretic, making you eligible to be burned at the stake. Or at least, put on the spit over an open flame.

But the reality is that many backyard grills have a difficult time achieving and holding the kind of high temperature you’re ideally looking for. My own SNPP does a incredible job of grilling meats, but the large cavernous grill leaves a bit to be desired in maintaining the kind of temperature that high end restaurants use to cook a truly great steak...

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Cooking Out on a Rainy Memorial Day Weekend?

May 24, 2015 BBQ, Grilling, and Smoking meatOutdoor Cooking  No comments

Illustration by Iamnee at

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By Todd Epp

Memorial Day Weekend is the “unofficial” start to summer in South Dakota. The kids are out of school, RVs and pop-up campers get their first workouts of the year and then there’s backyard and campground barbecuing.

So, when it’s a rainy weekend like it is this weekend across the Dakotas, what do you do? Do you don a raincoat and BBQ in the rain? Cook indoors? Wait for the weather to clear? Go out to eat?

I braved the on-again-off again rain today in Harrisburg and tended burgers, brats and hotdogs in a misty rain. Cooked meat waits for no one at the Epp household!

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