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Cooking with my daughter…

Cooking with my Daughter…

Baby Back Ribs with my baby


My 11 year old daughter, Estelle, loves to cook! Her absolute favorite dish right now is a relatively easy and tremendously tasty re-interpretation of a recipe for ribs that I found online.  It is very simple to make and to prepare ahead.  My daughter loves it with sparkling apple juice…but, I think it tastes great with our 2009 Syrah Terra Bella Vineyard.  It brings out all of the smooth, spicy, and jammy notes.  We hope that you try our recipe and let us know what you think or how you would improve it.


  • 2 slabs of baby back ribs

Dry Rub Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • few pinches of dried chipotle powder (to taste and only as desired)
  • a bit of any of your other favorite seasonings…hard to go wrong here


Combine all of the dry rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl.  Rub the ribs in the dry rub and wrap in plastic wrap and let marinate in refrigerator for several hours up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

Remove ribs from the plastic wrap and cover completely and seal tightly with aluminum foil.  Place the wrapped ribs on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Place in the middle rack of your oven.  Cook the ribs for about 2 1/2 hours.

Get your grill going during the last 30-45 minutes in the oven.  Bring your ribs from the oven to the grill and transfer them to the grill.  Be careful because the rib meat will be falling off the bone.  Cook on the grill for about 20 minutes more…turning and basting with your favorite BBQ sauce.  Remove from the grill and serve.


Serve with your favorite sides…  We chose a simple Au Gratin Potato recipe and an arugula salad.


Setting the scene:

In the winter time, always light a big roaring fire.  It adds warmth and a lovely glow to the whole scene.  It is where we invariably end up after dinner to share an another glass of wine and good conversation…  My wife insists on dressing up the house with fresh cut flowers as it softens the “harshness” of winter and brings a wonderful lightness to the environment.


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One Response to Cooking with my daughter…

  1. Sounds like fun and love the photos. I cook with my 2 year old, so the skill level is a little different. It often involves an empty bowl and wooden spoon.

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