Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Week 7: Baby Back Ribs and Pumpkin Mania


Dan and I spent this Saturday picking out pumpkins, carving jack-o-lanterns and making Pumpkin Seeds.  I had the better pumpkin.  I had the better pattern.  And in the daylight, I had the better jack-o-lantern. 






Then, darkness descended on Quinapoxet Avenue. 

 Literally. 



When lit up, his jack-o-lantern kicked my jack-o-lantern’s ass!  How did he know it would look like that!?!?!?!  Friggin’ Engineers.

Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼  teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.  Spread on a parchment lined baking pan and cook 1 hour at 275, stirring every 15 minutes.




Dan asked for homemade ribs this week since I was sick last Sunday during the Dallas game. These need to be started the day before, but they are well worth the extra preparation. You can make this with pre-made BBQ sauce or use the Zesty homemade version below!


Zesty BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • 2 Cups Tomato Sauce
  • 1 ½ Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 ¼ Cups Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Liquid Smoke
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper

Directions:
1. Combine wet ingredients in a large saucepan.  Add spices and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.






Oven Baby Back Ribs

Ingredients:
  • 2 Racks Baby Back Ribs
  • 8 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay
  • ½ teaspoon Thyme
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 Cups BBQ Sauce

Directions:
1. Combine dry ingredients and rub into Ribs.  
2. Create a large foil packet and place Ribs inside.  Refrigerate 8-48 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 250.  Leaving the Ribs in the foil packet, bake 3 hours.
4. Remove Ribs from foil and place on foil lined pan.  Increase temperature to 300 and bake for 1 hour, basting with BBQ Sauce every 10-15 minutes.
5. Broil for 5 minutes just until sauce in bubbly and charred.
Serve with extra sauce on the side.



Happy Cooking!



2 comments:

  1. Awesome job on the pumpkins!!

    The ribs looks amazing! Matt LOVES ribs.

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