I am going to launch a new series of blog posts titled “Unsung Heroes” which will focus on some tremendously delectable food that would absolutely be a superstar if it weren’t surrounded by so many more “popular” dishes at Corbin’s Grille. Without further ado, the first nominee is…
Corbin’s Grille Unsung Hero
Applewood Baby Back Ribs
History and Trivia
The term “baby” has nothing to do with the age of the ribs and everything to do with where the ribs come from. Baby backs come from market-sized hogs, and more specifically they come from the very top of the back where the bones are smaller (thus the term “baby”) and there is more meat in between the ribs. Spare ribs also come from pigs, but they come from the bottom part where the bones are much thicker and meat has a much higher fat content.
What’s So Great About Corbin’s Baby Backs?
We Buy the Best!
We start off with the absolute best ribs we can find, over the years since we have been opened I have tried ribs from around ten different companies, always comparing them in a blind taste test with our current ribs, just to make sure the quality we use is at the absolute top. In fact, I have a tasting scheduled with a local company I just heard about later this week. I will let you know how that goes.
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
When we’re talking BBQ we’re talking three main things that determine the flavor – the rub, the heat and of course the sauce. For our rub we use a generous 1/4 cup of our secret seasoning for each slab and literally rub it into the meat. This helps tenderize the meat just a bit and it also infuses the flavor deep within the surface. Then comes the heat, which is a three step process.
First the ribs are smoked with applewood and hickory wood for a full hour in our Cookshack Smart Smoker, this is by far the best smelling time to be in the restaurant, infusing the baby backs with the smokey flavor is as real as Mother Nature intended!
Second we slow roast the ribs for 4 hours and 30 minutes at 250 degrees, this slow cooking further enhances the tenderness bringing the ribs to as close as “fall off the bone tender” as possible.
Third when you place the order for your ribs they are started on the last leg of their cooking process and fired on our 6-foot grill fueled with White Almond Wood (from California) which gives the ribs just a kiss of sweet smokey flavor.
Then comes the star of the show – Corbin’s Grille original West Texas BBQ sauce. Our home-made recipe uses 11 different incredients which are lovingly combined with one life-mission in mind, and that is to lather your order of ribs while it rests on the sizzling grill to finish off the long journey to Baby Back perfection.
Available during lunch or dinner, Half Rack is $18 and comes with choice of soup or salad and choice of side.