Friday, February 4, 2011

Move over winter, I'm ready for smokin' and grillin'.

That's right guys, when it comes to smokin' and grillin', that's my job. My hubby's job is to sit down, eat and enjoy. Jealous? Well, you should be; and here's a little more to make you drool. We own 2 grills: one kettle style for charcoal, one gas; and 2 smokers: one upright manual and the Masterbuilt Electric. Nope, we don't fool around when it comes to barbeque.

However, the crazy winters here are kicking my butt when it comes to outdoor cooking; too much snow, and too freaking cold!!! So, I am forced to use the indoor standbys; the crock pot or the oven. (Forgive me Bobby Flay) Not the same in any way, shape or form, and especially in taste, but it'll have to do until the weather gets warmer.

So, what's for dinner tonight? Ribs:

Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs


4 lbs boneless pork ribs, separated
1 large onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper (red, yellow or orange), chopped
1 Tbsp diced garlic
4 cups homemade sweet and sour sauce**, or Yoshida’s Hawaiian Sweet and Sour Sauce (best brand of premade)
1 cup pineapple chunks with juice


Place ribs, onion, bell pepper, garlic and sauce into 6 qt crock pot, set on low heat, and mix together. Spread pineapple over top. Cook for 6 hours.

Makes 6-8 servings.

**Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce


¼ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup ketchup
1 Tbsp soy sauce
6 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch


Stir together all ingredients in medium saucepan; bring to boil. Remove from heat and serve.

Makes 1 cup.

Mary Cokenour
February 4, 2011

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