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Finger-Blitzin' BBQ Ribs

Contributed by: NAPSA

Playbook Tips To Score A Winning Tailgate (NAPSA) - Looking for a way to turn your tired old tailgate food into a tantalizing and taste-tempting new tradition? Want to be named the most valuable tailgater, or know the essential ingredients for any pre-game revelry?

According to a recent Heinz Field "Tailgate Talk" survey, 95 percent of tailgaters agree food is an important part of a tailgate or pre-game football party, and the majority of respondents believe ketchup and barbecue sauce are condiments synonymous with tailgating and a must-have for every game.

"Tailgating is about food, fun, family and friends," said Chef Steve Cassarino, a professional chef and one-half of the popular tailgating duo, The Clever Cleaver Brothers. "You should always prepare recipes that are full of flavor, can be cooked on a grill, and shared easily with others!"

True tailgating is all about football. Sources say tailgating started at a 1904 Yale game, making pre-game festivities nearly 100 years old. Heinz-providing winners for more than 100 years-celebrates the "anniversary" by offering new twists on traditional tailgate favorites.

Use these tips and techniques to perfect your tailgate game plan:

  • Always make sure your foods are cooked properly-nothing says "party's over" quite like food poisoning. Ground meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees and poultry to at least 180 degrees.

  • Instead of putting loose ice in your cooler, freeze water in a plastic milk jug. Your food will stay cold, your cooler won't flood, and you'll have drinking water for everyone.

  • Lighting the grill. Done well, it's an art. Done poorly, you're the one who's "well done." Follow all safety precautions, wear an insulated fire-retardant barbecue mitt and use long-handled tools. For a real grilling test, try the Finger-Blitzin' BBQ Ribs with Jack Daniel's Sizzling Smokehouse Blend Grilling Sauce, a great sauce that can be used as a marinade, baste or dip.

  • Get moving early and scout out a prime tailgate spot.

  • Assume that you'll be feeding a crowd. Plan big recipes for your home team and pack the new Heinz Easy Squeeze! Ketchup bottle-with its no-mess top.

  • The mark of a "rookie" tailgater? No chairs. Make sure you bring enough seating for everyone.


  • 3 racks baby-back ribs
  • 1 bottle of Jack Daniel's Sizzling Smokehouse Blend Grilling Sauce


  • 1 tablespoon each salt, pepper, paprika and brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic and onion powder


Combine the ingredients for the rub in a bowl and stir to mix. Sprinkle the ribs on both sides with 2/3 of the rub, patting it in with your fingers. Let the ribs marinate for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 . Roast the ribs, uncovered, in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat your grill to a medium-high heat.

Place the pre-cooked rib racks on the grill and brush them generously with the Jack Daniel's Sizzling Smokehouse Blend Grilling Sauce. Grill the ribs until they are well-browned and glazed with the sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining rub.

Serve the remaining barbecue sauce on the side.

Recipe developed for H.J. Heinz Company by Rania Harris

Serving Size: Serves 6



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