|Me & Clark's Market Manager, Craig Stanley|
From January 10th to 31st, the Clark’s Market supermarket chain held the “One Pot Winter Warm-Up Recipe Contest” looking for your best one pot winter go-to recipe. Each store selected one winner, through a voting process, to win an Instant Pot 6-quart. For San Juan County’s Blanding store, and thank you so much to all the voters, I was the winner! My crock pot recipe for BBQ Beef Stew will be featured in their deli; so look for the announcement on that and go buy to try!
Our first real food cooking attempt was a slab of meaty pork ribs; we had perused many a recipe, but kept returning to the ribs. Normally, making ribs was almost a 24 hour process; making several cups of rub which went on both sides of the ribs; letting them sit, encased in aluminum foil, for twelve hours. Placing them inside a preheated 180F oven to cook for eight hours; then onto a barbeque grill or under the broiler for that must-have char. The anticipation alone was enough to drive us crazy, and it just couldn’t be a spontaneous what-to-make-for-dinner decision.
The Instant Pot was going to change the process, especially the long, long waiting period. First off, the amount of rub used went from two cups to a half cup; no overnight sitting to marinate and infuse the meat. Our four pound slab was cut into three smaller slabs; two cups of water plus ¼ cup apple cider vinegar already inside the cooking pot. Placed on the cooking rack, ribs were placed inside; lid sealed, digital timer set for 50 minutes and it was “thunderbirds are a go!” time.
|Half cup all purpose rub on ribs.|
|Cut into thirds, ribs standing up in pot.|
|After 50 minutes of pressure cooking.|
|Ready for 10 minutes under broiler|
|1 hour 10 minutes to delicious ribs!|
What to serve as a side? What the heck, might as well pull out the air fryer, prep some Russet potatoes for, what I knew would become, perfectly cooked hand-cut fries. Didn’t you recently read my article on the pros and cons of an air fryer; those potatoes are good stuff!
|While ribs broiled, Air Fryer finished up on the fries.|
The Instant Pot ribs were perfect; meat easily off the bone; seasonings from the rub cooked through and only enhanced by the bbq sauce, not overpowered. From start to finish, a 24 hour process for making ribs was cut down to a mere one hour and ten minutes!
I’ve started collecting recipes for more Instant Pot fun, and downloaded a recipe book, for free, on my Kindle Fire. This fresh start year of 2019 started off deliciously with an Air Fryer and is continuing with the Instant Pot. Now if I could win a complete kitchen makeover, there would be no telling what culinary adventures I could get involved with! Oh no, listening to 80s music on Sirius and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” just began playing; that is foreshadowing big time!