LOS ANGELES -- Dear SOS: We were on a cross-country drive and had the pleasure of eating at the Rib City Grill, in Rifle, Colo. The real prize was the pecan pie the restaurant served. It is by far the best pecan pie I have ever had! Servers said it was prepared locally. Think there is any way to talk the restaurant out of the recipe? -- Marianne Keathley, Bakersfield, Calif.
Dear Marianne: It doesn't get much better than a great pecan pie, and this is one of the better ones I've had. Rib City Grill was happy to share its recipe with us, which we've adapted here.
Rib City Grill's Pecan Pie
Makes 8 servings. Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling time. Adapted from Rib City Grill, Rifle, Colo. This recipe makes a 10-inch pie, 10-inch pie tins and dishes are available at cooking and baking supply stores, as well as some gourmet markets, and are widely available online.
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, beaten