Happy Spring! Being stuck at home has given me a lot of time on my hands to cook up some fun meals. We have also been using our grill NONSTOP. Now that the weather is nice, we are cooking out on our patio everyday!
I had been craving some BBQ, so we got some baby back ribs, a nice smokey barbeque sauce, and a jammy zinfandel to pair with it!
When pairing wine with barbecue, the main component to focus on is the sauce. You can pair all kinds of wines with chicken, pork, or beef, but it depends on what your sauce or seasoning is!
A classic barbecue sauce will be sweet and maybe slightly spicy which will go nice with a Zinfandel because the wine’s full body, jammy and smoky characters will compliment it nicely! You want a wine with those dark fruits and more jam-like flavors. A Malbec or Syrah could also be a nice pair!
For more basics on food and wine pairing, check out my post on “How to Pair Wine With Food”.
When it comes to picking a wine to go with dinner, you do not need to go too expensive! For a typical night in, we will go with a bottle that is $14 – $20. This Ancient Vines Zinfandel by Cline Cellars in Sonoma was $16.
It had loads of dark fruit, ripe and jammy characteristics with a hint of smoky and cedar on the nose. It was full body with medium tannins. It went perfectly with our smokey BBQ sauce we chose to go on the ribs.
For the ribs, you can make these any way you’d like! We used some basic seasonings such as seasoned salt, garlic, paprika, cumin, and chili powder.
This has been one of my favorite recipes lately. It comes from the magazine “Keto Made Easy” by Delish.
This has always been one of my go to recipes for a snack or a dinner side! I don’t have exact measurements for this but it is super easy to eyeball and make to your preference.