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Gator Clause is grilling Ibis on Independence Day; Happy Fourth college football fans

GAINESVILLE -- Greetings Gator fans and college football fans all and happy July 4 (my favorite holiday!). I've been away from Gainesville for a few days visiting family and friends in Birmingham, Ala. My youngest brother, Matt, got hitched this week. Matt graduated from Auburn, but I don't hold it against him.

Img003121It's great to be back on the blog after my three-day vacation. I got into Gainesville late last night but --thanks to the newly opened 24-hour Wal-Mart on Waldo Road -- I had a chance to begin preparing my July 4 ribs. It's ribs and Ibis today at the Goodman house. Here's a few pictures of the feast in its marinating stages.

Being from Birmingham, ribs are obviously my specialty. For proof of my skills, just go over to the UM blog and ask Herald staff writer Manny Navarro. Manny, one of the groomsman in my wedding (I got married in May), can attest to my culinary magic (tongue in cheek, folks). I won't give away the recipe for my BBQ sauce or mop marinade but I will offer up the ingredients for my rib rub. Make sure to rub down your ribs at least 24 hours before tossing them on the grill. Once on the grill, soak the ribs in your mop marinade and flip them every two to three minutes. Ribs should be done in about 20. Oh, and these are spare ribs, obviously.

1/3 c paprika
1/4 c garlic powder
1/4 c salt
1/4 c ground black pepper
1/4 c brown sugar (packed)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper

My world famous grilled Ibis is a little easier to prepare. Just give the Ibis breasts a bath in Italian dressing and Dale's sauce for a couple hours before cooking. Don't overdo the Dale's sauce. Shake some pepper, a little seasoning salt and some garlic powder on the breasts must before you throw them on the grill. OK, OK...Just kidding, folks!!! Never eat Ibis, as it might make you sick and lose six games a year.

-Gator Clause does have some actual Gator news to pass along this Independence Day. While I was on vacation, XM Radio released news that it will carry Florida games this season. XM is also picking up Alabama, Auburn and Vandy, making the satellite radio provider the exclusive home for SEC football on satellite radio.

-Tebow was nominated for an ESPY.

-Austin Rivers, 15-year-old son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, recently committed to Billy Donovan and UF basketball. Rivers is a 6-3 combo guard from the Orlando area and is considered one of the best young prospects in the country. He'll be a college freshman in 2011. An interesting thought here: Florida fans know they've got one of the best (if not THE best) college basketball coaches in the country when NBA coaches send their kids to your program. First John Lucas' boy and now Doc Rivers.

-Congrats to former Gator great Hazel Clark, who recently qualified for her third Olympic Games. That's an impressive accomplishment, folks, and it takes years and years of dedication to be that good for so long. Clark will race in Beijing in the 800-meter run. She qualified with a time of 1:59.82.

-Congrats to former Gator great Caroline Burckle, who recently qualified for the Beijing Games in the 200-meter freestyle. Burckle placed fourth in the 200-freestyle finals (1:57.93, personal best) on Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

-Several more current and former Gators swimmers compete in the Olympic Trials today in Omaha, Neb. Follow the coverage on NBCOlympics.com or check back here at Gator Clause tomorrow for updates. I'm away from the computer for the rest of the day. You can find me manning the grill.



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