As I have mentioned before, I love cooking a meal with a theme. Last week my baby boy turned 19. One of his favorite foods is baby back ribs and I was thrilled to make a meal I knew all my kids would love for his big day. Ribs are the perfect food for a party because you don’t need utensils and this started me thinking about the rest of the evening. A birthday meal with no utensils to clean sounded great and I went with the theme of a “meal on a stick”. Along with the baby backs, I made corn on the cob and decided to go one step forward and create dessert on a stick too. We had a great time and I hope my son will remember the extra attention to detail for his birthday meal.
Baby Back Ribs
Half a rack per person
Brisket rub (I like the flavor of this seasoning and it tenderizes the meat)
Charcoal for grill
Remove membrane from back of ribs. Sprinkle both sides of ribs with brisket seasoning and wrap each rack in foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Prepare grill and when coals are hot, place ribs on grill brushing barbeque sauce on each side. Grill until sauce is thick and ribs have a nice char.
Corn on the cob
One ear per person
This is the easiest and tastiest way to cook corn. Don’t shuck corn. Place ears of corn on cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and peel corn. Add butter and salt and enjoy. The only way I cook corn on the cob anymore.
Ice cream pops
Ice cream (I used vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate to have a variety)
Chocolate (to melt for coating, I used candy wafers from baking aisle)
Line pan with plastic wrap. Using a melon baller, make small balls of ice cream and place on pan. Put pan in freezer to reset ice cream. Insert a lollipop stick into each ball and freeze again. Melt chocolate in microwave for 30-40 seconds. Dip each ice cream pop into chocolate to coat. Place back into freezer every couple of minutes. You may need to melt chocolate in small batches since the ice cream cools the chocolate off quickly. Freeze until ready to serve. No spoon needed.
Cake mix (I used chocolate)
Icing (one can in a color/flavor to match your cake)
Chocolate (for drizzling and dipping)
Bake cake according to package directions and let cool. Take half of the cake and crumble into large bowl. Add about half a can of frosting to bowl. Mix into semi smooth mixture with a fork or use a hand mixer on low speed. Form golf ball sized balls with hands and place on plastic wrap lined cookie sheet. Place in refrigerator to chill. Insert lollipop stick into each cake ball. Melt chocolate and dip each cake ball in chocolate to cover. Place on cookie sheet and back in fridge to cool until ready to serve. I had a little trouble dipping the balls in chocolate because some were too heavy to stay on the stick. I went to Plan B and put the melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle and covered cake balls while they were on the tray. I liked the taste and it was fun having cake on a stick.
Our meal without forks was fun and different. The food was delicious and clean up was a breeze!