Ribs for Dinner Tonight!
“RIBS FOR DINNER!” SOUNDS GOOD,
DOESN'T IT? EVEN BETTER, IT
brings the family home and to the table in a hurry. But many people don't
think about making ribs unless they are having friends over for a barbecue.
Others don't think about making ribs, period; they only eat ribs at restaurants.
But why wait another day when you can have succulent, tender, baby back
ribs tonight at your dinner table? Try our special southern spice rub
and our no fuss method for cooking the ribs. We've put together a simple
but lively menu that will have you and your family looking forward all
day to eating dinner at home.
Spinach Salad with Toasted Pecans, Dried Cranberries
And Your Favorite Creamy Dressing
Baby Back Ribs with Southern Rub
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary and Thyme
Gluten–Free Lemon Squares
Iced Decaffeinated Coffee
Start your meal with a colorful salad of baby spinach,
toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and a favorite creamy dressing (a tangy
Parmesan or bleu cheese goes well, and you can buy a good quality one
at the store). Toast the nuts ahead of time on a backing sheet in a preheated
oven at 350°F for four to six minutes. Toss the spinach and dried
cranberries with the dressing, arrange on salad plates, and sprinkle the
nuts on top.
After your first course comes what you've all been
waiting for. Bring out the ribs with some fragrant roasted sweet potatoes
and a simple steamed vegetable. You can bake the ribs the night before
and reheat them in foil, or you can tantalize those who walk in the door
by starting them earlier in the day. Sprinkle thickly sliced sweet potatoes
with a few drops of olive oil and fresh rosemary and thyme and roast in
a small baking dish in the oven along with the ribs for the last 45 minutes.
For another quick side dish, steam some broccoli, asparagus, or another
Top off your meal with some delicious lemon squares.
An easy, classic dessert that you can make in minutes, it's the perfect
way to end this festive family dinner. Linger a little longer with some
iced decaffeinated coffee and enjoy your time together.
BABYBACK RIBS with SOUTHERN RUB
Yields 1¾ cups Rub
2 slabs babyback ribs (4–6 pounds total)
1 cup barbecue sauce
Southern Rub Mixture
¼ cup paprika
¼ cup cracked black pepper
¼ cup chili powder
¼ cup sea salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
½ teaspoon ground cayenne.
1 tablespoon dried thyme
- Combine all nine Southern Rub Mixture ingredients in medium mixing
bowl. Transfer to airtight container. (Leftover rub mixture can be stored
for up to 1 year in a cool, dry place).
- Measure 5 tablespoons of rub* into a large zip–top plastic bag. Put
meat inside and shake until it is evenly coated with rub. Chill for 30
- Bring meat to room temperature. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line
large roasting pan with foil. Place ribs on pan, bone side up. Cook for
60 minutes. Remove pan from oven and turn ribs over. Return pan to oven
and cook another 60 minutes.
- Turn temperature to 350°F. Continue to cool another 15 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and lightly baste ribs with favorite BBQ sauce. Return
to oven and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
- Allow ribs to sit for 10 minutes before slicing into individual ribs.
Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.
- If grilling meat, preheat grill to 300°F. Continue to cook
When using rubs, apply them to food that is completely dry. Although how
much spice rub you use is very individual, a general rule is 3 tablespoons
per 1 pound of food. When cooking for children, adjust to 1 tablespoon
per baby rib rack.
©2004 by Claudia Pillow and Annalise Roberts
Food Philosopher’s® Gluten–Free
Yields 16 pieces
1 cup brown rice flour mix*
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
5 tablespoons butter
¼ cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 8–inch square baking
- Put flour, xanthan gum, butter, and sugar in bowl of electric
mixer. Mix on low speed until crumbly. Press into bottom of baking pan.
- Bake in center of oven for 15 minutes.
3 large eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons brown
rice flour mix*
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon rind
½ teaspoon pure lemon extract
- Beat eggs in large bowl of electric mixer at high speed until
foamy. Add sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, lemon juice, lemon rind, and lemon extract. Beat until well blended. Pour onto partially baked crust.
- Bake in center of oven for 20 minutes or until set. Cool on
wire rack. Cut into 16 squares or triangles; remove from baking pan onto
serving plate. Sift powdered sugar over the tops.
*see “Gluten–Free Flour Mixes” in our Recipe Archive
© 2002 by Claudia Pillow and Annalise Roberts