GOSHEN — Gerald and Brooklyn Straw of Goshen won first place in the Best of Michiana Ribs special contest held by the Home & Family Arts Department of Purdue Extension Elkhart County during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. 

The contest July 27 was sponsored by Yoder’s Meat & Cheese Co., Shipshewana.

First Place

Baby Back Ribs

Smokin’ Straws (Gerald and Brooklyn Straw), Goshen

Meat Rub:

1 T. Black Pepper

1 tsp. Season Salt

1 T. Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

Mix all meat rub ingredients together then apply to ribs 1-2 hours before grilling.

Basting Sauce:

1 c. White Vinegar

2 c. Water

1 Stick Butter or Margarine

1/4 c. Salt

3 Capfuls of Worcestershire Sauce

Bring all basting sauce ingredients to a boil in a saucepan. Use the sauce to baste the ribs during grilling.

Barbecue Sauce:

4 Garlic Cloves

1 Jalapeno Pepper

3 med. Tomatoes

1 lg. Onion

1 c. Packed Brown Sugar

1 Batch of Blended Spices (Left Over From Meat Rub)

1/4 tsp. Tabasco Sauce

2 T. Prepared Mustard

3 T. Worcestershire Sauce

1-18 oz. Open Pit Barbeque Sauce

Seed and dice pepper. Dice tomatoes, garlic, and onions. Put all vegetables in saucepan along with brown sugar and cook down to a mushy consistency. Add the spices left from the rub, the barbeque sauce, mustard, and tabasco sauce. Bring to boil, turn down to a simmer, and keep warm. Apply the barbecue sauce to ribs during the last 15 minutes of cooking. Apply to all sides of ribs turning once.

Second place was awarded to Kurt Coolman of Florida and third place went to Kevin Eyer of Elkhart.


Results for the Open Class Home & Family Arts department at the 2019 Elkhart County 4-H Fair can be found at the link below. 

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