At least to me, a skeleton is one of the most recognizable images of Halloween next to the pumpkin. From a very early age, probably about the time I equated Halloween with candy, I remember seeing skeletons of all shapes sizes.
This Halloween, I’m keeping the memory alive and smoking my own spooky skeleton with racks of baby back ribs. To make this meal come alive, or dead, as the case may be, here are a few tips to scare your guests.
As much as I love the meat of a perfectly cooked rack of ribs, our skeleton works better if we see the bones. Cut the ribs individually and place them back in order on a tray, but be sure to place them meat side down to further the effect. The skeletons of my youth never had a heart, but today, mine does. A grilled red pepper is the perfect blood pumping stand-in with the remnants of charred skin, make our “heart” look delicious and scary. For final flare, add additional BBQ sauce down the red pepper giving the impression of its last beats before the afterlife.
This is a meal not to be forgotten…