A few months ago, we got to spend the night with my friend Josie. We were on our way home from Alabama and stopped at her house for the evening. I was obviously thrilled about being able to hang out in the kitchen again with one of my best friends. Josie picked this recipe, and we all loved it. Eric and I have made it a couple times since then, and it’s a hit every time. Of course, whenever we make this, I think of Josie and her awesome family and how much fun we all had together – the two of us cooking, Eric and Joey talking about craft beer and playing outside with all the kids. It was one of those perfect moments, where everything just felt right. I love how food can create memories like that, and I only wish we lived closer together so that we could make them more often!
This recipe calls for a cut of meat I had never used before – country-style pork ribs. They’re tender and quick cooking, which means you can get this meal on the table faster than you might think. The meat is marinated with a fragrant spice mixture before being grilled, and it comes off the grill moist and delicious. Some of the marinade is mixed with honey and butter to create a sauce for the tomato relish, which, combined with the juice of grilled lemons, makes the relish bright and flavorful. Simply put, this recipe is an all-around winner. There’s still plenty of summer left, so make the most of it and enjoy this meal before tomatoes are out of season.