Food Now – Tim Hudak’s Barbecued Ribs

Tim Hudak
Smiling at the grill – Tim Hudak, barbecuer and PC leader.

THUNDER BAY – Food Now – When you think of politics, and politicians, you often don’t think of the hobbies and interests of our elected leaders. In the case of Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak, last September at the Northern Leader’s Debate, Hudak also hosted a barbecue challenge.

As it turns out, Tim is a huge fan of barbecue, and of smoked meats. As a part of a continuing series, on Food Now, we are going to share some recipes, and other interests from our elected officials.

Here is Tim Hudak’s recipe for a popular favourite, barbecued ribs.


— Rack of back ribs
— 1/2 cup of soy sauce
— 2 tbsp cornstarch

Ribs Preparation:

Mix the soy sauce and the cornstarch together. Coat the ribs with the mixture and put in oven for 75 to 90 minutes at 350F. In the meantime, prepare the BBQ sauce:

Sauce Ingredients:

— 1 cup ketchup
— 1/2 cup bourbon
— 3 tbsp brown sugar
— 3 tbsp mild (light) molasses
— 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
— 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
— 1 tbsp soy sauce
— 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
— 1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
— 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
— 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
— 1/2 cup barbeque sauce (Hudak uses Ted Reader BBQ sauce)

Sauce Preparation:

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer until sauce is reduced to 2 cups, stirring often (about 10 minutes). This sauce can be made up to two weeks ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Before use, bring sauce to room temperature.

Final Preparation:

Fire up the barbeque and coat the ribs with the BBQ sauce. Grill for 5 mins to give a smokey flavour.

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