Thursday, January 14, 2010

Frozen Ponds and Salty Ribs

Lee finished up his smoker last weekend and was itching to try it out.

We had plans with Chrissy and Mike to take the dogs for a hike on Saturday (they have a new German Shepherd puppy), so we invited them over for ribs afterward. Lee spent Saturday morning deciding on the perfect rub and sauce recipes and prepping the ribs.

We had already postponed the hike once because it was SO cold. Last weekend wasn't looking any better but we decided to brave it anyway. We went to Harris Lake park and once we got moving we warmed up and it was fine.

The last time Lee and I hiked at Harris it was the hottest day of the year, so now we've been on the hottest and coldest days of the year. Both were still enjoyable, so now there's no excuses for any of the days in between.

It was actually kind of cool to see all of the ponds and puddles frozen over. Sugar had fun ice skating:

After two hours of hiking we were definitely ready for a good meal.

Sadly, it wasn't meant to be.

It sure looked pretty while it was on the smoker:

But the ribs were CRAZY salty. Total FAIL. Way less salt in the rub next time. By the time they got done though we were too drunk to care that the meal sucked.

Sugar and Ali had a blast playing together. It's impossible to get a shot of them that doesn't look like this:

Unless there are treats involved:

We all pooped out early. After Ali went to bed, Chrissy and Mike cheated on her with Sugar:

We can't wait to do it again...mostly so Lee can redeem himself with a decent meal.


  1. Here is a rub that Ryan found. I think he changed it a little and it is awesome. We keep it at all times and use it on everything.

    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup paprika
    1 Tblsp black pepper
    1 Tbsp salt
    1 Tbsp salt
    1 Tbsp chili powder
    1 Tbsp garlic powder
    1 Tbsp onion powder
    1 tsp cayenne pepper (we have to hold out on the cayenne with Caroline eating, you can add more or less depending on how spicy you want)

    Ryan slathers Bone Suckin' Mustard ( on the ribs first. Then he puts the rub all of them. Sooo yum!

  2. Hi Meghan - Just wanted to drop in and thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.

    I've never done an intl travel post - what kind of tips were you looking for? (always interested in new post ideas but Im not sure if I have any valuable info to share...i just do the usual things)


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