Posts Tagged ‘ribs’

Chicago Mag’s Top 40 Chicago Restaurants

November 21, 2010
A giant, “honey, I blew up the kids!” version of Rick Bayless terrorizes Pizzeria Uno. (Photo compilation totally swiped from

I hail from the Chicago area and was super excited to see Chicago Magazine‘s article on the 40 Best Chicago Restaurants Ever! The list includes current and former restaurants and has some weird rating system that is kind of arbitrary. That said, I think knocking 9 off their list is pretty good, especially since many establishments came and went before I was born. Here are the ones’ I’ve been to:



Dry Rub Slow Cooker Ribs

April 30, 2010

Last spring the boyfriend and I joined Matzo and her partner (now husband) at their house for some good old fashioned grilling out. Now Matzo is a whiz with the grill. Even if I didn’t live in a third floor walk-up with no porch or balcony (or one that would not catch on fire), I imagine I’d be no Houdini with the grill.

At this grill out I brought over a package of pork ribs as my offering and Matzo did her magic and made some of the most amazing grilled meat I’ve ever had. Part of the magic was due to the bicentennial spice rub she had from Chicago’s Spice House. A mixture of Americana and goodness, it gave the ribs a fantastic, complex flavor.

Of course, me being me, I had to figure out how to replicate it at home.

It ain't pretty, but it's quite tasty.

While Matzo put some BBQ sauce on those delicious ribs of that fine spring day, when I decided to make this at home I wanted to go sans sauce, a (perhaps) misguided attempt at eating “lighter,” especially since I wasn’t in the mood to make my own BBQ sauce, as I’m getting snobbier in my old age and am trying to stay away from anything with high fructose corn syrup.