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Hard Rock Cafe Famous Baby Rock Watermelon Ribs Recipe
Hard Rock Cafe Famous Baby Rock Watermelon Ribs
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 901
Cook Time: 3 hours
Recipe Rating: 0.0 (0 reviews)
 
Menu Description:"Texas style ribs basted in our special watermelon B.B.Q. sauce, grilled and served with fries and a green salad."

The collection of rock and roll memorabilia is different in each Hard Rock Cafe. You may find artifacts that come from recording stars of the fifties, like Elvis Presley and Fats Domino, to more contemporary artists such as Prince, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. Usually there are several gold and platinum records donated from artists, sequined stage costumes, and famous guitars, some even left in a smashed condition as they were donated straight from a performance. The Hard Rock also collects movie memorabilia, such as Tom Cruise's pilot helmet from the movie Top Gun and the Indiana Jones jacket from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

In 1995, Hard Rock cofounder Peter Morton opened the world's first rock-and-roll hotel, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas. Peter now operates the hotel and his swank restaurant Morton's in Hollywood, California - the famous location of many a celebrity power meal over the years.

I thought these ribs with a barbecue sauce made from watermelon rind had a unique and memorable flavor begging to be duplicated at your next power meal. The sauce is sweet and slightly tangy, and the ribs are so tender they melt in your mouth. It's the slow-cooking process that makes them that way. Throwing them on the grill at the last minute is not meant to cook them so much as it is to add the smoky flavor and slight charring that good ribs require. If possible, make the watermelon barbecue sauce a day ahead so the ribs can marinate in it overnight. If you don't have time for that, at least marinate the ribs for a couple of hours.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

Watermelon rind from about 1/2 of a small watermelon
1 cup dark corn syrup
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