Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sweet and savory beef ribs

1 rack of beef ribs
4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. season salt
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1 cup of your favorite bbq sauce.

Preheat oven to 350. Spray heavy duty foil (enough to completely wrap ribs) with cooking spray. Place ribs on the foil and coat both sides with vinegar and all spices, starting with the vinegar. Rub into the ribs and cover tightly. Place wrapped ribs on to a rimmed baking sheet. Place ribs into the oven and cook for 30 min. Then reduce heat to 290 and continue cooking for 3 1/2 hours. Remove ribs from oven, open foil pouch and brush bbq sauce on both sides of the ribs. Close foil and return to oven for an additional 30 minutes.

Pork steak with apples and onions

2 pork steaks, sliced shoulder about 3/4 in. thick
2 garlic cloves, minced
1tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp of cayenne, less depending on your heat level
1 granny smith sliced into rounds
1 vadalia onion sliced into rounds
2 cups of apple juice

Season pork with garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne. Sear in a cast iron skillet for 3-4 min each side over medium high heat. Next add apples, onion and juice. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes. Great with mashed potatoes!

Pepperjack Corn Dip

2 cans of corn, drained
1 lb. of pepperjack cheese, shredded
3-4 green onions finely sliced
1 1/2 cup light mayo
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium sixe mixing bowl. Serve with Tostito's Hint of Lime tortilla chips. This makes quite a large portion so share with friends or when you have a crowd over.