My 84 year old father-in-law visits from Chicago about three times a year. We love having him. He’s got quick wit, a ready laugh, and is my favorite Scrabble buddy. He fits right into our family style, seamlessly. I call him PopPop, and he arrived last week.
PopPop’s got my house to himself during the weekdays - that’s when he gets the crossword puzzles done (daily Seattle Times, Mon - Thurs NY Times), talks to the dog, and takes his naps. We all look forward to the weekends, when we can really spend time together. He’s an engineer and loves to help with projects around the house (and play Scrabble with me).
Last Saturday, he was “supervising” a gardening project in the front yard. It was a beautiful day, the yard was shaping up, and all was good. Then it happened. He was on the front stoop, turned to face the door, and fell backwards down the steps….. OMG, I was petrified. I couldn’t even look! 84 years old and a fall down the steps means….broken hip, right??
Well, I’m happy to say that that guy is built like a rock. No, I take that back, he’s built like a 250 pound boulder! 84 years old, a fall backwards down concrete steps, and just a gash on his hand. Unbelievable!
So, a quick trip to the emergency room and he emerges with 6 stitches. He’s made fast friends with the nurses and doctor, is joking about all of the sympathy he’s going to get because of his injury, and can’t restrain himself from giving the “thumbs up” sign with his big bandaged thumb, over and overJ. He’s fine.
I’m so glad that all worked out well, but I can’t help but think about what might have happened. We all gave him a couple of extra hugs that night, played an extra game of Scrabble, and I started on his favorite dinner because -- that’s what I do.
Pop Pop’s Favorite Barbeque Ribs – serves 6
3 full racks ribs
Your favorite barbecue sauce
Coat the ribs generously with the spice rub mixture, being sure to rub both sides of the meat. Wrap well and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place the spice rubbed ribs on a rack in a large roasting pan. Pour about 1 inch of water in the bottom of the pan; cover tightly with aluminum foil. Cook ribs for approximately 2 hours in the preheated oven, or until the rib bones are just slightly loose from the meat when a bone is jiggled. The ribs are now cooked and ready for the barbeque. They can be finished on the grill right away, or cooled, well wrapped, and refrigerated for up to 2 days before continuing.
Preheat grill to 300 degrees. Place ribs on grill and coat well with barbeque sauce. Grill ribs until they are hot, slightly charred, and the sauce has glazed, about 15 minutes.