When you can’t purchase something made the way you like it, the answer might be to do it yourself.
That is exactly what Melvin Boese of Arcadia decided to do when he wasn’t satisfied with the barbecue baby back pork ribs he could purchase. “I want to [be able to] taste the meat, the sauce, the rub and the smoke, not just the barbecue sauce,” he said.
“I don’t do the St. Louis-style ribs,” Boese added. “They are more common but less meaty; the baby back ribs are more meaty.”
A native of Bloomer, Boese moved to Arcadia 24 years ago. His primary occupation is shop manager for Pehler Trucking.
Boese and his wife, Joann, purchased their present residence in 2004. Because his wife has a big family, he built a large garage in 2006 in order to host family gatherings.
The garage has a kitchen and preparation area where he fixes the ribs that he buys from Sam’s Club. They are smoked in a smoker right outside the garage.
Boese has experience in food preparation; his mother was a gourmet chef and he himself worked in catering for 12 years for Parties R Us. Though he began making his own barbecued ribs eight years ago, he only began selling them in October.
Boese begins preparation by using a homemade dry rub on the ribs, which then sit for two hours before being put into the smoker, 16 racks at a time. The ribs are heated at 225 degrees and smoked with apple and hickory wood for six to eight hours.
When the cooking is done, the ribs are sliced into half-pound, one-pound, and two-pound sizes. Then, homemade barbecue sauce is added and they are vacuum-sealed and frozen.
The ribs are heat-and-eat, boil in the bag, ready in minutes, either by microwaving or stovetop preparation. All instructions are on the label.
The label also states the ribs are “award winning.” That’s because Boese’s product placed second in the Lewiston (Minn.) Firefighters Ribs Cook-off in 2011.
Holding safe food handler’s certificate and sanitation certificates, Boese’s Res-Q-N BBQ business is licensed through the Trempealeau County Health Department. He is also a member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
For the last two years, Boese has also participated in a cooking competition at the Warrens Jellystone Park and Campground. “I do it to learn from it and to keep up with what others are doing; it’s fun,” he said.
To order Res-Q-N Baby-back Pork Ribs, call or text 608-863-3080.
By Terry Thompson
Trempealeau County Times