Who needs ketchup when you've got Dorothy Lynch?

Who needs ketchup when you've got Dorothy Lynch?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

My name is Craig Hellwig and recently I won the Dorothy Lynch recipe contest for the new cookbook with the proceeds going to Team Jack and pediatric brain cancer research.

I am born, raised, and currently live in Kansas City, MO.  As the BBQ capital of the world, you are pretty much born with BBQ sauce in your veins.  One of the best wedding presents my wife and I received was a Weber BBQ grill; from then on we grilled out all the time and experimented with different recipes and marinades.

A long time ago I created the recipe for my rib rub, and initially it included ketchup instead of Dorothy Lynch dressing. While attending the Team Jack Foundation Gala a couple years ago, my wife won a free bottle of the dressing, and having never tried it before, I substituted the dressing for the ketchup.  It turned out in my opinion better than the original recipe.

When I heard of the Dorothy Lynch Home Style Heroes: Recipes for a Cure contest, I submitted it with the sole purpose of getting the cool Dorothy Lynch Team Jack t-shirt but then went ahead and won the contest.  Since then, I have been using the year supply of the dressing on almost everything and liking the results.

Our family consists of myself, my wife Susan and our 2 daughters Emily and Madilyn.  Maddie was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer in 2013.  After complaining about headaches and seeing objects or colors that weren't there, we took her to our doctor at the encouragement of her school nurse. He then ordered a MRI on the day after Memorial Day in 2013. We got the dreaded call the next day. They had found an epedyoma brain tumor which was located by her optic nerve. Immediately, we headed to Children's Mercy in KC to run more tests and MRI scans.  By Friday surgery was taking place to remove the tumor. After surgery she was released that Sunday, which still amazes us that she was released that quickly.  We consider ourselves very fortunate that we caught the tumor early, and it was still encapsulated. Thankfully we avoided chemo and radiation because they got all 100% of the tumor. Since then all of her MRI’s have been clean with no regrowth of any more tumors.

Throughout the last couple of years, we have joined the Team Jack Foundation and University of Nebraska-Lincoln in raising awareness about this terrible disease and letting people know that they can help out in any way - buying a cookbook, taking part in the Road Race at UNL in July, purchasing a t-shirt or making a donation.  We will not stop until we have found a cure, so one day we can have our children and adults be cancer free.

Thank you for your time and support in this cause that has touched my family and many other families that we have met over the past couple of years.

May God bless you all

Craig Hellwig


Kansas City Rib Rub

2 to 4 lbs. ribs
Meat tenderizer
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. paprika
1 T. black pepper
1 T. salt
1 T. chili powder
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. cayenne
1 T. cumin
1 1/2 c. Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing

Use 2-4 pounds of ribs, any kind, sohort, pork, beef whatever you prefer.  Strip the membrane off the back of the rack of ribs and put on meat tenderizer and let set while you make the rub.  Mix the remaining ingredients together except for the Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing then mix in the Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing with the seasonings.  After blended put it on the ribs.  Cook on a grill or in oven at 300 degrees until done.  I prefer the grill.  If you want them to be a little sticky, add a little molasses to the rub.  

Number of Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 16-20 minutes

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