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    >>> it's time for today's kitchen, what's cooking. we have something very special for father's day that's sweet and spicy.

    >> we have a friendly grilling competition going on between 9-year-old jack morris . and his father chef brian morris from relish.com. hey, kids. how is everybody?

    >> happy father's day.

    >> thank you.

    >> this is fun. the father/son duo.

    >> what better way to celebrate it than around the grill with your kids and easy recipes.

    >> you guys actually love to cook together, right?

    >> yes.

    >> what's the best thing about your dad?

    >> he's a very good cook.

    >> so what are we making?

    >> we're making root beer ribs, sweet potato fries and strawberry --

    >> what makes your ribs unique?

    >> they don't have the typical brown sugar in the rub. they have root beer instead. they are real easy to cook in the oven, ahead of time. no fancy smoker needed. you can mix up the rub. a little paprika, chili powder , salt and pepper . he's going to massage that right in. jack says the ribs are stressed out because they're about to get eaten.

    >> rub that in.

    >> massage it in there, pal. then they'll go right in a pan like this and we'll pour the root beer around. they bake in about an hour and a half.

    >> you bake them first.

    >> you can do that ahead of time. easy to finish on the grill.

    >> put it in there. show us what you've got.

    >> get in there.

    the root beer can go right around. not on top because we don't want to wash the dry rub off.

    >> and then cover it.

    >> cover it with a little foil. right into the oven it goes.

    >> that took five seconds. very, very simple.

    >> then turn on the grill after.

    >> once they are cooked, take them out. put them in the fridge if they are very later. we'll mix up a really simple barbecue sauce . you don't have to cook it in all this fussy stuff. your favorite canned barbecue sauce . we're going to thin it out a little bit with water. i like a little espresso powder. it adds a lot of richness. it doesn't taste like coffee and won't keep him up.

    >> that looks delish.

    >> put in of that on there? all right.

    >> and then down here, the finished product. these are sweet potato fries?

    >> yes.

    >> do you like these?

    >> he does not -- this boy does not like sweet potatoes . he likes the regular kind. i'm with you. even though these are much better for you.

    >> come on down. get on this one.

    >> and the sweet potato fries are a great way to use the leftover hot coals.

    >> we're going to try to talk about the dessert.

    >> this is really simple. fresh in-season strawberries, lime juice, water. freeze it and scrape it with a fork. we made some for you with a little bit of red wine in it as well. right here.

    >> this is called a grenita.

    >> it's like ice cream without an ice creammaker.

    >> these are fantastic. way to go.

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updated 6/13/2013 5:23:02 PM ET 2013-06-13T21:23:02

Recipe: Root beer ribs

Ingredients
  • For rub and ribs:
  • 2 tbsp. hot chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 lbs. baby back pork ribs
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle root beer
  • For sauce:
  • 1 (18-ounce) jar barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. espresso powder
Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. To make the rub, combine first 5 ingredients. Rub spice mixture over ribs. Place ribs in roasting pan or Dutch oven.

3. Pour root beer into bottom of pan (not over the ribs). Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake ribs for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until tender and browned.

4. To make the sauce, stir barbecue sauce, water, brown sugar and espresso powder in a heavy saucepan. Cook 10 minutes.

5. Heat grill to medium heat. Brush ribs with sauce. Grill ribs until heated through, about 5 minutes per side. Serve ribs with remaining sauce.

Serving Size

Makes 5 servings

Recipe: Green salad with grilled apples

Ingredients
  • For dressing:
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. apple juice
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • For salad:
  • 1 large crunchy apple, unpeeled, such as Braeburn, Fuji or Gala
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups chopped romaine
  • 1/2 cup walnut or pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese or feta
  • Grapes or clementine sections, optional
Preparation

1. To prepare dressing, combine all ingredients in a screw-top jar. Place lid on jar and shake well.

2. Slice apples into quarters, cut out core and stems, and then cut quarters into halves again. Toss with melted butter. Sprinkle lightly with salt, and toss.

3. Grill apples over a hot fire (direct heat), about 3 minutes per side, until they have golden grill marks. Don't let them blacken. Remove from grill and let cool. (Apples can remain at room temperature up to 1 hour.)

4. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with nuts and cheese. Shake dressing well, and drizzle over salad. Top with warm apples and garnish with grapes or clementines, if using.

Serving Size

Makes 4 servings

Recipe: Sweet and savory fries

Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle or chili powder
Preparation

1. Set up your grill in a 2-zone configuration, one side hot, the other side not.

2. Cut tips off potatoes and dig out any bad spots. Peeling isn't necessary, but you can do it if you like. Cut potatoes into halves lengthwise, and then into thick fries. Place in a large bowl. Drizzle oil over top and toss to coat.

3. Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle over potatoes. Toss to coat.

4. Lay fries on the grill so they'll get horizontal grill marks, and close the lid. Cook about 3 minutes, until potatoes have brown grill marks on one side. Flip to another side. Cook until all sides are marked. Potatoes are done when easily pierced with a fork. You may need to move the fries to the indirect-heat side if they're not done after good grill marks are formed.

Serving Size

Makes 2 servings

Recipe: Strawberry granita

Ingredients
  • 8 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup red wine (optional)
Preparation

1. Puree strawberries in food processor until smooth. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Combine strawberries, sugar syrup, lime juice and wine, if desired. Pour into a shallow pan and freeze. Scrape with a fork.

Serving Size

Makes 10 servings

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