JUNE 10, 2011


I do not make pork ribs often.  Actually, I never make pork ribs.  That is something I save for eating at really good Bar-B-Que joints, such as; Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ, Outdoor Grill, Chego, and Manna Korean.  But when my kids heard that baby back ribs were on the dinner menu, their smiles were bigger than their faces!


It’s Friday and today is the day where I cook with friends across the globe.  What I love most about French Fridays with Dorie is reading everyone elses perspective on the same dish. Bloggers like; Life is Full, Don’t forget your Lunch, French Whisk, Miss Kris Kitchen, and countless others all threw their chefs hat into the ring, made the same dish, but all with their own twist.

This dish has few ingredients, it’s left alone in the oven, for hours, and it’s down right delicious. I was able to find organic Cola at Whole Foods (no corn syrup), and used up some orange marmalade that I had on hand.  The combination of the sweet from the marmalade, the bite from the fresh ginger, and the acid from the orange juice, creates a wonderful carmelization that makes you feel as though you are eating something that sat hours on the grill.

I served these with a batch of homemade macaroni and cheese, an asian slaw, and big pitcher of fresh lemonade.  It was a great weeknight meal.  While the ribs did their thing in the oven, I helped the kids with homework and school projects and my stress level was way down.  Sometimes you just got to keep it simple.  And, although, these ribs are not simple in taste, preparing them was one of the simplest things I have done in weeks.