Hick House ribs come to Oprah | AspenTimes.com

Hick House ribs come to Oprah

Janet Urquhart

The Hickory House’s signature ribs will gain a whole new audience this afternoon, when Oprah and her guests sample the finger-lickin’-good fare on Winfrey’s popular television show.Paul Dioguardi, owner of the Aspen restaurant, hand-delivered his smoked ribs to Chicago several weeks ago for a taping of Oprah’s show that is slated to air today (4 p.m. on Channel 7).”It was a fun experience, I’ll tell you that,” he said.Dioguardi found himself grilling a batch of ribs outside a downtown Chicago television studio at 6:30 a.m. A camera crew captured him at work, but he has no idea if the footage will make the editing cut for the show.According to Oprah’s Web site, today’s show will focus on celebrities’ favorite foods. Fab party planner Colin Cowie pegged the Hickory House ribs as one of his favorites after dining at the Aspen restaurant, according to Dioguardi.When Oprah’s executive producer called, looking for a shipment of Hick House ribs, Dioguardi offered to bring them to Chicago and grill the presmoked meat himself.While everyone in the audience for today’s taping didn’t get to sample the ribs, they did get a bottle of Dioguardi’s special-recipe sauce.Incidentally, there were no Chicago bears playing havoc with Dioguardi’s efforts, though Aspen’s bears have repeatedly chowed down smoking meats behind the Hickory House this year.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com


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