Have you ever tasted the most succulent, tender, fall off the bone ribs in a restaurant and wanted to make it at home? Well now you can. I made these today and I can safely say that I had a very happy husband next to me. These ribs were effortless to make and so worth it. They were so tender that I struggled to slice the ribs off to take the picture! The meat was literally falling off the bone. Yes…
It’s a great dish to make when friends are coming over, as you can leave them in the oven to slow cook whilst enjoying a glass of wine with your guests and not be stuck in the kitchen the whole time.
Now this is my recipe, inspired by lots of other recipes and adapted to whatever I had in the house. So you can adapt it too. Put whatever you want on them, there is no right or wrong way of making them. I’m sure they will be delicious no matter what!
Here’s what I did:
2 rack of pork ribs
Dry Spice Rub:
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce:
100ml Jack Daniels (you can use less or more depending on how much you like it!)
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp brown sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Tobasco
1 tsp english mustard
1 tsp honey
50ml apple juice
1 tsp smoked paprika
Put all the dry spice ingredients in a pestle and mortar and beat to a fine rub. Use this rub to coat all over the ribs.
Place ribs in an oven tray and cover with foil. Cook in the oven at 160 degrees for 2.5 hours or until soft and tender and cooked through.
Meanwhile make the BBQ sauce. In a saucepan, add all of the sauce ingredients and mix together. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Leave to cool.
Once the ribs are cooked, remove the foil and coat the ribs in the bbq sauce. Place back in the oven (uncovered) for a further 25 minutes until the sauce has cooked and thickened.
Serve with coleslaw or any sides you wish!
Now I’ll admit, my measurements are estimations simply because they are not as important as other recipes. It doesn’t matter if you add a little more tabasco or a little less apple juice. As long as you stick to the rough quantities then you will end up with a great sauce.
Get the napkins ready, this is a messy dish! Enjoy 🙂
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at my boring sandwich or same old salad for lunch and thought, surely I can eat something else? Especially in the winter, I long for something warm that won’t make me feel sleepy all afternoon.
So today I decided to make leek and potato soup, and it was very satisfying. I didn’t add any cream (even though I really wanted to!) because as a weekday lunch I didn’t want it to be full of calories . All I did was fry a medium sized chopped onion, two garlic cloves, 2 sliced leeks and one small sliced potato in some olive oil. I let them sweat down a little bit and then added some chicken stock. I boiled it until the potato was cooked through and then added a splash of semi-skimmed milk, seasoned with salt and pepper and blitz until smooth. I also added some fresh parsley to give the soup a bit of a lift.
I think soup is a great idea for lunch, you can make a batch on the weekend and then freeze into individual portions for the week and off you go. I’m not a fan of those packet soups because who knows what is in them and they taste a bit watery to me. I like to know that I am getting some real veg in me. And there are so many different combinations you could try, such as sweet potato and carrot soup or tomato and red pepper soup. What flavours do you like?
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I don’t know about you but I can’t seem to resist fresh bread. If you bring a fresh loaf of crusty bread to my house it will not last long. Warmed through in the oven to crisp up the crust and steam the soft centre and then slathered with butter. And hearing that crunch when I bite into it against that soft airy centre. And I like to blame the ‘newlywed happy weight’ for my extra pounds, but I think I know where I am going wrong. But what can I do, I need it for my ‘work’.
Yet it seems sad that all we eat are these convenient loaves from the supermarket that have little flavour and can be squashed back into dough. Don’t get me wrong I buy slice bread all the time, but I do wonder what’s in it. I see the difference in quality when I buy a fresh loaf and it makes me question what I am buying.
Do we really know what’s in our food? After watching so many programs on food and health, I don’t know what to believe anymore. Back in the day people had no choice but to buy bread from their local bakery, knowing that it was made by hand. But now we buy bread that is massed produced in a factory and seems to be full of preservatives. What do you think?
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