Thursday, May 13, 2010

Baby Back Ribs in the Crockpot

I have always been scared to make Ribs because my mom is the Rib Queen (I'm sure she would love that title). All my brother's friends know about her ribs, all of his coaches and the guys my dad has coached with know about her ribs, she is kinda famous for them. Anyways I saw this recipe and ribs where on sale so I went for it, and I have to say they were pretty tasty, Gray loved them and they will be made many more time in our house.
Recipe from Inside Our Kitchen.

4 pounds pork baby back ribs
1/4 cup of barbecue sauce
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Trim excess fat from ribs. Combine dry ingredients and rub over the surface of the ribs. Place ribs in slow cooker or Crock-Pot standing on their edge with the meaty side out. Add a tiny amount of water (I put about 1 1/2 cups). Cook for about 6 hours, they were in the crockpot for 10 hours when I cooked them and it worked perfectly. Remove ribs from slow cooker and brush with barbecue sauce. Broil under the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize the barbecue sauce. Serve with corn on the cob because it's just not right not to.

Brown Sugar Salmon

I made this for Mother's Day, all 5 of us agreed that it was great, and that's a lot of people to agree that something is that good. I was a bit nervous, well mainly because I always get nervous when cooking for my family, so I'm glad this was a success. My parents are who instilled the love of food and fine dining into me, they started taking us to nice restaurants when we were pretty young. Anyways, enough about that, I'm glad this passed the test.
Recipe from Lettuce Pray.

4 Salmon Fillets
1 Tbsp Melted Butter
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
1/2 Tsp Lemon Pepper
1/4 Tsp Ground Pepper

Line a pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Combine Brown Sugar, Onion Powder, Lemon Pepper and Ground Pepper. Brush Salmon with Butter. Gently press the brown sugar mixture onto the Salmon. Bake 425 for 20 to 25 minutes.