Country-style cooking

8 Feb

I’m always trying to think of quick and easy Monday-night meals. I get home from work about 4 p.m. and have just enough time to prep dinner before I meet Christopher downtown about 5:45 p.m. for his weekly radio show. We both get back to the apartment close to 7:30 p.m. and do not want to work too hard to get food in our bellies.

I found country-style pork ribs on sale at the grocery store last week and thought they would make an excellent dish.

Here’s the recipe:

1 1/2 pounds country-style pork ribs

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Place ribs in pan and brown on all sides.

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Combine molasses, honey, Worcestershire sauce and spices in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

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Place ribs in slow cooker, pour glaze over ribs and cover. Cook on high for about 3 hours.

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Browning the ribs and then cooking them in the molasses-based glaze (slightly smoky, slightly sweet) made them taste as if they had been cooked all day. Christopher and I both agreed they were a delicious end to a long day.

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Yum.

I wanted to pair these with oven-baked potato wedges, but I didn’t want to wait until we got home to make them, so I made mashed potatoes instead.

What’s your favorite potato side dish?

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