I dig ribs; all kinds of ribs from beef ribs all the way down to lamb ribs. This Father’s Day is also the first day of summer, and what a great way to celebrate by grilling up a platter or succulent ribs! Nothing says Father’s Day better than firing up the grill, and tossing some ribs onto it. This recipe for Grilled St. Louis Ribs with Gochujang Raspberry BBQ Sauce is a definite Dad pleaser; especially when you pair them with a fine bottle of Francis Ford Coppola Malbec from the Diamond Collection. My opinion and this is completely personal, grilled ribs and Malbec are a marriage made in heaven, and you are going to love the two together.
We are big fans of Malbec and tend to enjoy it often during the summer months as it pairs nicely with grilled foods from these spicy ribs to olive oil and herbed veggies. The Diamond Collection Malbec from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery was a very pleasant glass of wine to enjoy on a hot summer night as it is not too heavy. An interesting tidbit upon learning about this wine was that Malbec originally came from France, and all this time I was thinking it was Argentina. Malbec falls between a Cabernet and Merlot; not as bold as a cab and not as floral as a merlot can be. Subtle and easy on the palate. This particular wine is smooth, with hints of stone fruit, subtle spice, and sweet vanilla. As well, there are hints of earthy minerals which pairs great with the smokiness of grilled foods.
Let’s talk ribs, and more importantly this Gochujang Raspberry BBQ Sauce. I like a BBQ sauce that is full of flavor and not over sugary, which I find is the case with most prepared sauces. Instead of using a large amount of sugar, which is important to get that nice crisped outside on your grilled meat, I substitute most of the sugar with fresh summer fruit. This recipe screamed for ripe summer raspberries to be paired with the Malbec. Slightly tart berries, and the spicy chile paste were outstanding together, and once grilled even better. We were enjoying it so much that we would take a bite followed by a sip of wine; perfection with each bite.
I decided to use St. Louis pork ribs for this recipe instead of pairing the wine with beef, which is typical of how most folks would lean. I am a firm believer that anything can pair with wine or red wine as long as it is prepared to do so. The tartness from the raspberries and the spiciness of the Gochujang not only works perfectly with the Malbec but also pork. To prepare the ribs before grilling, I precook them. This step makes them ultra moist. I do not boil my ribs before grilling, and, to be honest, the thought of ribs being boiled to death kind of freaks me out. Instead, I steam them in a low heat oven for a couple hours, which leaves a moist, meat falling off the bone rib; rather succulent. Just before serving, I slather the ribs with BBQ sauce and grill them long enough to form a slight crust and charred goodness on the outside.
Ribs are definitely the way to go when saying thank you to dear ole Dad for all that he has done for you in your lifetime; don’t you agree? After all, he didn’t end up chasing away that love of yours with a gun, even though he threatened to do so very often.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! Happy Summer to everyone!
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