Cindy’s Super Secret Rib Rub Recipe

My kids all love these ribs. I always tell them that they are so good thanks to my super secret rib rub. They then ask me what’s in it and I tell them it’s a secret. Since I have to keep coming up with recipe every time I run out, I decided it was time to write it down. Here it is:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup smoked paprika
3 tablespoons sea salt
3 tablespoons chili pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon cumin

Mix it all together really well and store in an airtight container. I put some into an empty spice container (a garlic powder one that ran out just when I was making this recipe) for easy shaking onto the ribs. Shake a generous amount on each side, being sure to rub it into the meat before you turn it over. I then put them into my crockpot on “keep warm”, which seems to be a code word for “low” these days, and leave them there for about 8 hours. You could just eat them right out of the crockpot, but to kick it up a notch you will want to paint your favorite BBQ sauce on the bottom, then put them into the oven on broil for about 3 minutes, next flip them over and repeat on the top side. I put the ribs on a little cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet for this step. I then cut into individual ribs and make sure to grab some for myself before the feeding frenzy starts.

Survivor Mud Run

Dan and I did the Survivor Mud Run at Lake Elsinore today. It was so much fun! At the first mud pit, someone foolish enough to wear her wedding ring during the race, lost the ring. I took off all my rings and earrings before the race, not wanting to risk loosing them. There was a very eclectic group of runners, with a lot of wacky outfits. I heard one girl say, “I’m so over this!” before we even got to the half way mark. Dan and I both had a great time and are planning to do it again next year.

Endeavour’s Last Flight

We were lucky enough to be in the flight path when the Space Shuttle Endeavour piggybacked on a 747 took it’s final flight over southern California today. I took this picture from my backyard as it flew at 1500 feet head towards the Boeing plant in Huntington Beach. There were people on their roofs and others lining the roads to watch the shuttle go by. Here’s a few more shots from my backyard

Dan drove over to PCH and waited in Seal Beach for the flyover. Here’s two of his shots: