Saturday, June 15, 2013

Southern Style Ribs & Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade cookies with chocolate chips and bourbon

Pork Ribs on the BBQ
It's all about the men this Father's Day weekend and what screams man better than ribs & bourbon?  Well, maybe some other words scream man, but for this weekend we will play nice:)

We have tried and failed a couple times grilling ribs at home to no avail. The ribs have been overcooked and leathery or way too spicy, but finally we found the best way to make our Southern Style Ribs. It all starts with 2 slabs of pork baby back ribs. Make more to share, you'll want to! 

BBQ Ribs being prepared with pepper and spices before going in the BBQ
To prepare make sure that the thin membrane on the back of the ribs is peeled away. (A little hard to start, but then pulls away easily). Next, set up a double layer of greased (olive oil spray) foil around each slab.  Once the ribs are placed in foil pat generously with a dry rub mix. We like to use Chef Paul Prudhomme's blend along with some fresh peppercorns.
Seal and tent them up in double wrapped tin foil and place on your hot grill (400) for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 300 to cook for another hour. During the last 20 minutes of the cooking slather with BBQ sauce of your choice (we like to use a rich and smokey sauce)  and 2 shots of Jim Beam. (told you this was a manly dinner). 
Use Bourbon in your BBQ sauce when grilling
Simply mix in the Jim Beam directly to your BBQ sauce. Brush the ribs with the  BBQ mixture this time leaving the foil open to cook the rest of the time.  After the 2 hours you will have some perfectly smoked Southern Style Ribs to enjoy!

Now besides a cold one or a tumbler of  Woodford Reserve (hubby's favorite) on the rocks, what is the best way to end this meal? Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies of course. This Bakergirl inspired recipe takes creamy browned butter, chocolate chips, vanilla and of course bourbon to cookie heaven. 

What I loved about these was the firmer dough that produced some of the biggest and fluffiest cookies I had ever made at home.
Chocolate chip Cookies with Bourbon
Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar 

3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 room temperature eggs

12 oz. milk chocolate chocolate chips

Browning Butter for Bourbon chocolate Chip Cookies

First, brown the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat by whisking constantly. The butter will begin to foam and then turn a golden brown.  This will take about 7 minutes.  Immediately remove from heat and pour browned butter into a small bowl. Place in the refrigerator until cool to the touch.

Using Bourbon for Chocolate Chip Cookies
Next, in a large bowl whisk together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 
Then when butter is cooled to touch, mix together with both sugars until smooth and creamy. Add in the vanilla extract, then the eggs one at a time, beating after each ingredient. Finally, add the party bourbon!
Last add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing just until combined. Over mixing will lead to a chewy cookie. Add chocolate chips. I like to do this in my mixer as well to make sure they are incorporated evenly.
Crucial step-refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour, but can do it for longer or overnight.  This step is important for the texture of your cookies. Since the butter was browned it will need to firm up in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 350.  Dough should scoop amazingly easy with an ice cream scooper. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes. As soon as they start to brown remove from oven and place on wire rack once cool enough to handle.
Makes about 24 manly sized cookies:)
Fathers Day BAking-Bourbon chocolate Chip Cookies
Love and Tulips,
Nicole from Alpharetta