Honoring a Special Daddy for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is this Sunday.  I would like to wish all you wonderful fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day.  My father died thirty-two years ago in May 1980, a month before Father’s Day.  I can never celebrate the day with him again, but my girls are lucky that they can celebrate with their Dad – or should I say, Daddy.  He is still Daddy to them and always will be, even though they are now both grown women.

 Bill was always a hands-on Daddy.  He took the girls on bike rides, went to all the school activities over the years, played endless games (even ones he made up himself), read books, was an Indian Princess dad, and at birthday parties, endured games like “Hit Daddy with a Pie,” which still remains one of the favorite birthdays the girls remember.

I plan on making Bill’s favorite barbecue ribs for his special day, along with whatever dessert he requests.  I am guessing a pie, maybe blueberry; but this time he can eat it and not have it in his face! 

Barbecued Baby Back Ribs with Rum

2 slabs baby back ribs, about 3-4 pounds total
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1. Wrap each slab in double thickness of aluminum foil and place on a large pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. Unwrap and drain drippings.
2. Return ribs to pan. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over ribs, coating each one well. Marinate at room temperature for 1-2 hours; or cool, cover, and marinate overnight in refrigerator.
3. When ready to grill, lay ribs above medium-hot coals. Grill for 30 minutes, turning and basting with sauce about every 10 minutes. Serves 6.

Happy Father’s Day!!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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