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Labor Day Entertaining in Newport Beach

September 1, 2016

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a Labor Day Weekend celebration. Make the most of the long weekend by gathering your friends and family for a sunny barbecue. And what is a barbecue without the perfect barbecue sauce and ribs? Luckily, The Bungalow in Corona del Mar gave us their recipes for Chef Alfonso’s delicious BBQ Sauce & BBQ Ribs!

You can pick up all the ingredients to make their ribs yourself at home at some of the many markets and grocery stores throughout Newport Beach. And while you’re out and about, be sure to stock up on everything you need to make your Labor Day celebration a hit!

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Bristol Farms: Stop by Bristol Farms for an assortment of cheese offerings, suitable for your appetizers. From honey to quince paste to mustard, Bristol Farms has the cheese condiment for you. Don’t forget about their diverse assortment of crackers and imported nuts.

Smart & Final Extra!: Smart & Final Extra! has all the basics you need for cooking and serving. Paper products, grilling tools, utensils and more are all easily within reach here. You can also grab a rotisserie chicken, ready to go and at a great price – perfect for pairing with that BBQ sauce!

13164221_10153722103168915_1435516597546368625_nWhole Foods Market: As a leading natural and organic food retailer location, Whole Foods Market fits all your produce needs. Maybe you need the freshest arugula or kale for your salads, or the ripest tomatoes for a juicy burger. Either way, Whole Foods Market has what you’re looking for.

Gelson's Market

Gelson’s Market: Everyone knows you can’t have a barbeque without meat to grill! Whether it’s chicken, steak, sausage or fish, you can find your main entrée item at Gelson’s Market. They are well-known for their quality meat & seafood products and their clerks are always available to provide their recommendations.

Pavilions- W Balboa (other locations Bayside, Newport Coast, San Miguel): All of your Labor Day libations are here! Stock up on their wide assortment of wines, spirits and beers to help your guests beat the heat during the weekend.

The Bungalow

The Bungalow’s BBQ Ribs:
3 1/8 cups Salt
6 ¼ cups Sugar
1 ½ cups Cumin, ground
3 1/8 Black Pepper
1 ½ cups Chili Powder
6 ¼ cups Paprika
1 cup Garlic Powder
½ cups Coriander, ground
¼ cups Cinnamon
1 rack Baby Back Ribs

Mix all spices together, set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 3 cups of spice mixture. Add all the ribs and boil until tender (about ½ hour). Remove the ribs and place on a sheet pan to cool. When cooled, generously pack the ribs with the spice mixture and roast them on the grill for 15 minutes or in the oven  at 400 degrees.

The Bungalow’s BBQ Sauce:
1 tablespoon Canola Oil
2 cloves of minced garlic
½ diced onion
1 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Molasses
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
4 tablespoons White Vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
A pinch of salt
3 tablespoons Siracha Sauce

In a medium saucepan, sauté the garlic and onions for 5 minutes. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 20 minutes at low heat.

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Written by Rachel Sherman

Rachel Sherman is an upcoming photographer and writer from Newport Beach, California. Although she was born and raised here by the beach, Rachel’s passion for traveling has taken her around the world to places such as England, France, Italy, and China. She recently graduated with honors holding a bachelors degree in Communications, with a concentration in visual communications, and minors in both Radio/TV/Film and Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. During her time there, she hosted a weekly rock ’n’ roll based radio show on Titan Radio called Good Rockin’ Tonight. Rachel has always had a genuine enthusiasm for photography, travel, culture, and adventure. Drawing constant inspiration from her love for the cinema, simple beautiful landscapes, as well as vintage atmospheres, these details shine through her photographs and inspire her writing. For more information on Rachel Sherman, or to view her personal works, please visit: www.rachelssherman.com

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