Ribs and sides

Keith decided he was craving ribs for tonight so actually bought some yesterday.  He requested the Asian slaw as a side.  As we were standing in Graul’s he suggested the sweet potato fries too.  As we were leaving Graul’s we bumped into Christie who invited us to come over and cookout.  She is going to buy more ribs and more sweet potatoes and provide Smore fixings for their new outdoor fireplace.  We’ll hang out, watch the Masters and enjoy being together.

Barbecue Sauce

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 6 oz jar tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 TB chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

In a heavy pan, heat oil over low heat.  Add onions and cook until soft, stirring often.  (I got distracted because I was measuring other ingredients and got the onions a little bit burned and it was still delicious.)  After about 10 minutes, add garlic and stir in.  Add all other ingredients and then bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.


  • baby back ribs  (Ask the butcher to remove the skin for you.)
  • sauce

Preheat oven to 350.  Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.

Put ribs on pan meat side up.  Season with salt and pepper and then cover with sauce.  Cover loosely with more aluminum foil and bake for 90 minutes.  Remove from oven and cover with more barbecue sauce.  (We cooked to this point and then let them sit for about an hour and then grilled them.)

Grill about 4 minutes a side and then serve with more sauce.

Asian coleslaw

  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 6 TB white vinegar
  • 2 TB sesame oil
  • 5 TB mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp wasabi paste
  • 1 package shredded coleslaw mix
  • 3/4 cup chopped peanuts

Whisk together first 7 ingredients in a bowl.  Add coleslaw mix and stir well.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Stir in peanuts right before serving.

Oven baked sweet potato fries

  • 2 – 3 sweet potatoes cut into strips
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • pepper

Preheat oven to 450.  Toss potato strips with all other ingredients and spread out on a sheet pan lined with foil.  Bake 25 – 30 minutes stirring halfway through.


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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