Ribs and Sardines

July 21, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, Food, Mondragon, Partying, Spain 767 views

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SardinesThis weekend, we went to Mondragon to participate in some annual festivities at my in-laws’ social club, the Centro Extremeño. We really enjoyed the rib feast last year, and it didn’t disappoint this year either. And on Sunday there was free gazpacho and grilled sardines.
Mondragon Balcony Pan

This is a fantastic panorama from my grandfather-in-law’s balcony. I made it with two rows of portrait photographs, so it covers a very wide area. View full 12061×5463 (10 MB) version.

Church Bells

The bells in the town church, also seen in the panorama above.


Ribs go on the barbeque.

Three Glasses

Three glasses on the table as we wait for ribs to cook.

Café Solo

The new branded coffee cups are very nice.

Centro Extremeño Café

This symbol is very well designed. It’s both a map of Extremadura, the flag (green, white, and black horizontal stripes) of Extremadura, and a picture of the ubiquitous encina that is all over Extremadura. I’m impressed every time I see it.

Abuelo and Pedro

Grandpa and his friend, Pedro.

Little Fishies with Wine

The next day, this was the snack given to us with our wine. They’re these tiny little fish that are fried and eaten whole. Head, eyeball, tail, fins, and all. They’re petty good, but strange eating whole fish.


Now it’s the sardines’ turn on the grill.

Grilled Sardines

The smell is amazing. Too bad my camera can’t capture that.

I forgot my iPhone charger when we left on Friday afternoon, and by Sunday afternoon, it was completely dead. That’s pretty good considering that it was complaining about battery capacity by Friday night.

  • Uncle Neil

    I am impressed by the wood fire grill. It takes a great deal of skill to have such a neatly prepared wood charcoal fire hot, ready, and prepared to last for the entire group cooking process without getting ash all over everything. I wonder if there is another fireplace on location where they create that homemade wood charcoal or if someone brings it in already prepared neat like that. A perfect cooking fire for that purpose with those high fat content foods.

  • Neil, I didn’t pay very close attention to the fire preparation, but I know that the guy that was doing it was there several hours before each meal getting it ready. There were 75+ people for the ribs, and they bought 800 g (1.75 lb.) of ribs per person, which obviously didn’t all get consumed. He started cooking the ribs an hour before the meal and put the cooked ones into another pot over a gas fire to keep them warm until it was time to serve everyone. I’ve hosted barbeques for up to a dozen people, and I know that the timing at the grill is very difficult, so I greatly appreciate it when it’s pulled off so nicely as it was this weekend.

  • Here’s a video showing a little more of the grill and the cook loading a rack of ribs.

  • Where is the picture of the finished ribs?

  • Good question, Hubs. I realized as I was writing the post that the finished ribs were missing, but apparently I was too busy stuffing them into my mouth when they were delivered to the table to take any photos. I’ll try better next year.

  • I don’t usually pay attention to the Google ads which appear on your site; however this time I was drawn to the ads for BarBQue sauces, recipes and restaurants. I suppose certain words trigger ad strings. Very clever.

  • Yep, their “context-based advertising” is a huge piece of what makes Google so successful. It’s incredibly impressive.