Freddy’s Ribs from House of Cards: Feed Your Inner Frank Underwood

September 19, 2019

Freddy Hayes is the one House of Cards character every fan of the show loved and rooted for– he was the sole link to the society Capitol Hill represented. Freddy is also the owner of Freddy’s BBQ Joint, a tiny restaurant Frank Underwood would return to during the show’s toughest moments.

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I ended up with a serious craving for those ribs after each episode, and continued craving them each time I moved on to another. My impatience for the third season came with a serious hunger for ribs only Freddy could prepare and Frank would approve of.

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For those who have yet to discover this Netflix masterpiece, we recommend preparing a plate of these ribs before you sit down and get to that binge watch session. These will tide you over until the next season is released.

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Freddy’s Ribs from House of Cards

Ingredients: Spice Rub

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 3 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 3 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tsp ground cumin

Ingredients: Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Ingredients: Ribs

  • 4 racks (2 1/2-pounds each) pork baby back ribs

Procedure: Spice Rubbed Ribs

  1. Mix all Spice Rub ingredients.
  2. Rub over the ribs.
  3. Allow to marinate overnight.

Procedure: Barbecue Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil.
  2. Add the onion, and garlic, and cook for about until tender.
  3. Stir in the paprika, whiskey and vinegar, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the broth, ketchup, honey, worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, black pepper, and cayenne.
  5. Bring the sauce to a simmer over high heat.
  6. Reduce the heat and stir often to prevent burning, for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce reduces and thickens.
  7. Remove from the heat.

Procedure: Ribs

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the ribs on the baking sheets and cover with foil.
  2. Roast for 45 minutes.
  3. Rotate the baking sheets, and baste the ribs with barbecue sauce, and re-cover with foil.
  4. Roast an additional 1 1/2 hours, or until the ribs are tender.
  5. Cut the racks into individual ribs.
  6. Arrange the ribs on a platter, and serve with the remaining sauce.

Recipe adapted from POPSUGAR

Gela Velasco Gela Velasco

Gela is a young adult slowly settling into her late twenties. She likes to make a mess in the kitchen when no one’s looking, dance till dawn on long weekends, and dream about beef on lazy afternoons. On some days she learns how to write good in graduate school. Her life goals include sashaying somewhat like Beyonce and to write a cover story on Leonardo di Caprio.

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5 responses to “Freddy’s Ribs from House of Cards: Feed Your Inner Frank Underwood”

  1. Addi dela Cruz says:

    You guys. Are the best.

  2. I’ll tell my mom about this. She’ll serve this during her happy hour, which is from 4 to 6 (according to her ugh).

    House of Cards is one of the best series of date. Nice work! Now, time for the Homemade Iced Tea that goes with this recipe (which Frank also usually orders along with it).

  3. So tell me. Who had the fabulous job of eating some for the photo shoot? I’m looking at the bare bones…

  4. Ricci says:

    So sad at what happened to Freddy’s Ribs during season 2.

  5. Lou Albert Laurel says:

    Did this for my mom’s birthday last weekend. It was really good! Followed everything except the whiskey.

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