Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Favorites #4, but my first!

I saw this event first with Debbie over at Mountain Breaths and it looks to be a very fun event. So I clicked on over to Chari @ Happy to Design and joined up. Click the link to Chari and see all the Sunday Favorites! It's an event to revisit some old favorites that you may not want to miss.

I thought I'd go back to February when it was still freezing here and it seemed like winter was never going to end. Not a huge fan of the summer heat but I'd take grilled ribs any day. This post has two of my favorites. and now it's finally spring. A little rainy lately, but definitely spring.

Farewell to February (originally posted Feb 28, 2009)
Jayne at Grain of Salt is tired of winter and so are a few of our blogging buddies! So here's a goodbye to February from me as well!

Farewell to February...

and a big hello to Spring to come! and soon!

Spring to me means vegetable gardens and planting Heirloom tomatoes. I'm only just learning about flowers and gardening from my internet friends. To me it's all about the food :)

Lettuce for salads...

Beautiful Bouquets of flowers...

and best of all... grilling!

We grill in the winter sometimes, but it'll be nice to do it when it's light outside and we're not shivering

When you're ready for grilling, these are my two most favorite rib recipes. Although I am always on the lookout for more...

This one comes from my good friend, San! Her recipes always have that secret ingredient and they always work! This one has Cherry Cola. and it's so good! From Bon Appétit to me by way of San!

Grilled Spareribs with Cherry Cola Glaze
Bon Appétit | July 2002
from San
Printable Recipe

4 12-ounce cans cherry cola (flat)
2 cups cherry jam or preserves
2/3 cup Dijon mustard with horseradish
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons malt vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

7 1/4 to 7 1/2 pounds well-trimmed pork spareribs

Boil cherry cola in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 45 minutes. Stir in next 5 ingredients. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until mixture is reduced to 2 1/2 cups, stirring occasionally, about 35 minutes. Transfer glaze to large bowl. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to room temperature before using.)

Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven and preheat to 325°F. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. Wrap each rib rack tightly in foil, enclosing completely. Divide foil packets between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Bake until ribs are very tender, switching positions of baking sheets halfway through baking, about 2 hours total. Cool ribs slightly in foil. Pour off any fat from foil packets. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep covered in foil packets and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before continuing.)

Prepare barbecue (medium-low heat). Cut each rib rack between bones into individual ribs. Set aside 1 cup glaze. Add ribs to bowl with remaining glaze and toss to coat. Grill ribs until brown and glazed, turning to prevent burning, about 5 minutes total. Serve, passing reserved glaze separately

and this one from Sue at the Cooking Forum. Always gets raves.

Grilled Roadhouse Baby Back Ribs
posted CF CookingRVC (Sue)
Printable Recipe

2 large racks pork baby back ribs
coarse ground black pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup minced fresh onion
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon bourbon
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper -- coarse
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika

To make the ribs, cut each large rack of ribs in half so that you have 4 half-racks. Sprinkle a light coating of salt and a more generous portion of coarse pepper over the top and bottom of each rack. Wrap the ribs in aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours.

As the ribs cook, make the sauce by heating the oil in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat. Sauté the onions for 5 minutes or until they start to brown. Add the remaining ingredients and bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/4 hours, uncovered, or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside until the ribs are ready. Preheat your barbecue grill.

When ribs are finished in the oven, the meat should have pull back about 1/2-inch from the cut-ends of the bones. Remove the ribs from the oven, let them sit for 10 minutes or so, then remove the racks from the foil and put them on the grill. Grill the ribs for 3 to 4 minutes per side. They should be slightly charred in a few spots when they're finished. Brush barbecue sauce on the ribs while they're grilling, just before you serve them. Don't add the sauce too early or it will burn.
Serves 2 (full-racks) to 4 (half-racks).

Check out more Farewells to February...
Jayne, A Grain of Salt
Susan, Savoring Time in the Kitchen
Kathleen, Cuisine Kathleen
Barb, Foley's Follies
Debbie, Mountain Breaths
Marsha, Marsha's Garden
Cynthia, Events Only


  1. Carol, I love this post! Glad you joined me :-)

  2. I remember the Farewell to February well.. copied and pasted the ribs with cola glaze, will be one of my first grilling meals!!

  3. That looks so good! We live in Oklahoma and actually grill all winter. It's cold but we bundle up.

    Thanks for coming to visit me today. :)

  4. Ohhhh I love me some baby-backs!! great recipies!

  5. Carol, I loved your Farewell to February post the first time I saw it, and it still is a great one! In February, the colors in the post seemed absolutely vibrant with the dullness of winter around us.

    The colors still seem gorgeous ... and the pics are fabulous, the veggies, the flowers, especially the sunflower.

  6. I appreciate spring much more when you flashback to soon we forget. It's breakfast time but your ribs look so good I could eat them now ;)

  7. Hi Carol...

    Mmmm...Girl, you have me lickin' my chops here!!! Hehe! These grilled rib recipes look great and I love the recipe for cherry cola glaze! It sounds soooo good...I'm going to give it a try!!!

    I'm so glad that you joined in with the fun of Sunday Favorites! Just want to welcome you with it being your first time and all...I hope that you'll join in again! This was a great post to share again with all of us! And very timely...since most of us are finally having some decent weather to be able to do some grilling once again!

    Warmest wishes,

  8. Ooops...just lil' ol' me again! Hehe!

    I just wanted to apologize for being so late to get over to your place! I was away for the weekend and I'm just now getting to the computer! So glad that you joined in with Sunday Favorites!!!


  9. like the cherry cola idea! might have to check it out

  10. Great post, Carol..just loaded with goodies!


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