A birthday celebration tonight and the dinner request was barbecued ribs. My favorite way to cook ribs these days is to rub them with some spices and then grill over low indirect heat for several hours. I always make this supposed Applebee’s-like barbecue sauce recipe. These days I leave out the extra salt and the liquid smoke.
I have a rub recipe from Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food (affiliate link, I’ll make a small bit of money if you buy after clicking through) but some friends had given me some organic spices and herb blends for my birthday so I used their barbecue rub tonight. It tasted great but I know it had to cost more than mixing up my own… Still, it was mighty handy to have around on a busy night when I was also making:
- Buttermilk cornbread from The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner (affiliate link to Amazon) see below
- Red velvet cake (note the buttermilk theme!)
- and the aforementioned barbecue sauce
I also heated up some Bush’s baked beans.
Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup corn meal
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 2 eggs beaten
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease an 8" square pan.
- In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
- In a medium bowl, beat the buttermilk, butter and eggs together.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir just until mixed together. Don't overmix.
- Pour the batter into the greased pan and smooth out the top a bit after you've scraped the bowl with a spatula.
- Place on the middle shelf in your oven and bake 35-40 minutes, until cooked through. Test by poking a wooden toothpick through the center and pulling it back out. It should come out clean!
- Serve with butter and honey.
If you’re a beginner menu planner/cook, I do like The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner (affiliate link to Amazon). Most every recipe I’ve tried has been quite good and I think her idea of theme nights can help those looking for some menu planning help.
It was a good dinner. And a milestone birthday.
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