Louis–Style Ribs

Louis–Style Ribs

St. Louis–style ribs just might be the best kind of ribs. For the traditional style, use spareribs and ask your butcher to cut them “St. Louis style”. This simply means that the breastbone will be cut off and the ribs will be in a rectangular shape. To get REALLY traditional, you’ll want to smoke your ribs, but we opted to bake ours in the oven for convenience. Oven-baked ribs still get perfectly tender and will be falling right off the bone!

YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 3 HOURS 35 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

 

3 lb. spareribs

2 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. mustard powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

4 tbsp. butter, cut into cubes

1 c. barbecue sauce

DIRECTIONS:

 

Preheat oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. If your ribs have a thin membrane over the bones on the backside, remove by carefully sliding a knife under the membrane and then peeling it away.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and seasonings. Rub mixture all over ribs until well coated.

Evenly distribute butter cubes over ribs, wrap tightly in foil, and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.

Switch oven to broil, unwrap ribs, and brush all over with barbecue sauce. Place back on baking sheet and broil until sauce starts to caramelize, 5 minutes.


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Mango Cream Cheese Cake

Mango Cream Cheese Cake

Mango Cream Cheese Dessert

Mango, the king of fruit as it’s known in many parts of the world, is not high in calories and is an excellent source of beta carotene, vitamin A, and potassium.  It’s also very delicious!

Now that we are in peak mango season my husband has been bringing home loads of this sweet juicy fruit.  We love them fresh but also love to make them into different desserts.  This year’s bumper crop has allowed me to whip up all the recipes my family loves and create a few new ones.

This Mango Cream Cheese Dessert is a long time family fave!  I got the recipe years ago from a cookbook my aunt gave me.  It’s one of those loosely bound cookbooks the local churches publish every so often to sell in a fund raiser, it contained a compilation of their members’ favorite recipes.  This cookbook was published in 1985.  My cherished copy is in poor condition, missing it’s covers, grease stained, fading, and taped up; it’s moved with me from Hawaii to Texas and back twice!  Old as it is the recipes are still our favorites.

This dessert takes a bit longer to make as it is made in 3 layers and can take all day, you have to wait for the crust too cool and the layers to set.  I tweaked it a bit to make it a bit simpler.  It is definitely worth the effort!  You end up with a refreshing creamy dessert on a cookie crust that is perfect for summer barbecues or any other time!

I make it in a 9″ x 13″ pan, the number of servings will depend on the size you cut it, in my house that means it will barely serve 6.  Whenever I make this it never stays in the fridge for more than a day or two, it’s that good!

If you can’t find fresh mango you can use peaches or your favorite fruit, just change the jello flavor to compliment the fruit.

Mango Cream Cheese Cake

Ingredients:

3/4 butter – softened

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

3 boxes (3 oz. size) lemon jello

4  cups boiling water (divided into 1 cup & 3 cups)

1  8oz. cream cheese – softened

1 cup sugar

1  8oz. container cool whip – thawed

1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin

1/4 cup water at room temp.

4 cups sliced mangoes (about 3 medium sized mangoes)

Directions:

Mango Cream Cheese Dessert

Crust:

1.  Mix butter, brown sugar, and flour in large mixing bowl until it is crumbly.

2.  Press into 9″ x 13″ baking pan.  Be sure you get it all the way to the sides and into the corners or the other layers will seep under the crust and you will end up with an upside down mess.  (It will still take great, but will look unappetizing)

3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely before proceeding to the 1st. layer.

Mango Cream Cheese Dessert

1st. Layer:

Before you start this layer dissolve 1 box of lemon jello in 1 cup of boiling water.  Let cool completely to room temperature.  Stir every so often to keep it from hardening.

1.  Beat cream cheese with sugar.  Fold in Cool Whip.

2.  Slowly pour COOLED jello into the cream cheese mixture.

3.  Gently stir the jello/cream cheese mixture.  It will be a bit loose with a few clumps but that’s ok.

4.  Pour into the crust.  Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 -3 hours.

Mango Cream Cheese Dessert

2nd. Layer:

Before you start the next layer dissolve 2 boxes of jello in 3 cups boiling water; soften unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup water at room temp.; add softened gelatin to jello until dissolved.  Let cool completely to room temperature.  Stir occasionally to keep the bottom from setting.

1.  Arrange sliced mangoes on top of 1st. layer.  It doesn’t have to look neat as the fruit may float when you pour the jello over it.

2.  Pour COOLED jello mixture over mangoes.  BE SURE your jello is completely COOLED before pouring over the mangoes!!  If the jello is hot or warm it will dissolve the cream cheese mixture and you will have a mess on your hands.   Refrigerate until firm, I usually leave it overnight.

Cut into desired size and serve.  Lifting the first piece out of the pan is the hardest part, be sure you cut clean thru to the crust and use a cake server to get under the crust and lift the whole piece out.
My first piece usually falls apart so I use it to “taste” the dessert.  Once you get that first piece out the rest is easy, just remember to cut thru to the crust every time.

This dessert will keep in the fridge for several days, that is if you can refrain from snacking on it.  At my house this dessert rarely lasts more than a day!


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Mango Cream Cheese Dessert
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8 Squares 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 5 Hours
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8 Squares 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 5 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Squares
Instructions
Crust
  1. Mix butter, brown sugar, and flour in large mixing bowl until it is crumbly.
    Mango Cream Cheese
  2. Press into 9" x 13" baking pan. Be sure you get it all the way to the sides and into the corners or the other layers will seep under the crust and you will end up with an upside down mess. (It will still take great, but will look unappetizing)
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before proceeding to the 1st. layer.
    Mango Cream Cheese
1st. Layer
  1. Before you start this layer dissolve 1 box of lemon jello in 1 cup of boiling water. Let cool completely to room temperature. Stir every so often to keep it from hardening.
  2. Beat cream cheese with sugar. Fold in Cool Whip.
    Mango Cream Cheese
  3. Slowly pour COOLED jello into the cream cheese mixture.
    Mango Cream Cheese
  4. Gently stir the jello/cream cheese mixture. It will be a bit loose with a few clumps but that's ok.
  5. Pour into the crust. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 -3 hours.
2nd. Layer
  1. Before you start the next layer dissolve 2 boxes of jello in 3 cups boiling water; soften unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup water at room temp.; add softened gelatin to jello until dissolved. Let cool completely to room temperature. Stir occasionally to keep the bottom from setting.
  2. Arrange sliced mangoes on top of 1st. layer. It doesn't have to look neat as the fruit may float when you pour the jello over it.
    Mango Cream Cheese
  3. Pour COOLED jello mixture over mangoes. BE SURE your jello is completely COOLED before pouring over the mangoes!! If the jello is hot or warm it will dissolve the cream cheese mixture and you will have a mess on your hands. Refrigerate until firm, I usually leave it overnight.
  4. Cut into desired size and serve. Lifting the first piece out of the pan is the hardest part, be sure you cut clean thru to the crust and use a cake server to get under the crust and lift the whole piece out. My first piece usually falls apart so I use it to "taste" the dessert. Once you get that first piece out the rest is easy, just remember to cut thru to the crust every time.
Recipe Notes

This dessert will keep in the fridge for several days, that is if you can refrain from snacking on it. At my house this dessert rarely lasts more than a day!

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Basic BBQ Beef Rub

Basic BBQ Beef Rub

Ever wonder how those barbecue joints make such delicious barbecued brisket and ribs?  If you’re trying to make it at home by slathering your meat with barbecue sauce it’s not going to be the same.  Yes sauce matters, but the secret’s in the rub; the BBQ beef rub!

Of course you can buy all sorts of meat rubs from the supermarket, some are even pretty good.  But if you want something outstanding nothing beats homemade.  Oh and if you you’ve been rubbing dry spices on your meats try this little trick.  Stir 2 tablespoons of rub into a tablespoon of olive oil then rub it on your meat.  It makes a world of difference!

With summer in full swing it’s time to step up your grilling with this yummy BBQ Beef Rub!  Use it on brisket, ribs, or even steaks!

Couple more tips before I give you my BBQ Beef Rub recipe.

Rub the olive oil mixture onto your meat and let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Remove seasoned meat from fridge and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes before grilling this brings meat temperature down to room temperature.

Grill covered until it almost reaches desired “doneness” then brush on BBQ Sauce.  Grill until it’s almost to your desired doneness and place in covered pot. You see even if you remove the meat from the grill or oven the meat continues to cook for about 5 minutes.  That’s why you want to remove the meat from the grill BEFORE it reaches the doneness you want.  If you don’t remove the meat until it reaches the doneness you want you end up with over cooked dry meat.

Let meat rest in pot for 5 minutes before serving.  The resting period seals in the juices and allows the meat to reach the desired doneness.

Having said that scroll down for my BBQ Beef Rub recipe!  Happy Grilling!

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Move to a sealed container like a mason jar and store in a cool dry place
  3. To use mix 2 Tbs BBQ Beef Rub with 1 Tbs Olive Oil and rub all sides of the meat.
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Baked Barbeque Chicken

Baked Barbeque Chicken

IMG_5305I’m not a big fan of barbeque sauce, specially the bottled varieties.  But every so often I get hungry for that sweet and tangy sauce that’s slathered on chicken, as long as it doesn’t result in in sticky greasy grill that’s so difficult to clean. My answer to this is my Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken  using my simple homemade barbeque sauce.

I’ve been making this Baked Barbeque Chicken for years.  The sauce is simple and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes.  It’s sweet and tangy and very delicious.  I use it on short ribs too!  My family loves it!

For this recipe I use bone-in chicken thighs.  I’ve tried it on chicken breasts but it gets dry and doesn’t soak up the sauce the way thighs do.

Here’s the recipe!

Barbeque Chicken

Ingredients:

8 Bone-in Chicken Thighs

1 Onion, sliced

1 Tbsp.  Garlic Powder

1 Cup Ketchup

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Bottle of Beer, any type

 

Directions:

Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.

Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.

Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.

Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.

Pour sauce over chicken thighs.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 – 60 minutes or until chicken is done.

Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.

Barbeque Chicken
Baked Barbeque Chicken
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4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
60 Minutes
Barbeque Chicken
Baked Barbeque Chicken
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4 Servings 5 Minutes
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60 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
60 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.
  2. Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.
  3. Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.
  4. Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
  5. Pour sauce over chicken thighs.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 - 60 minutes or until chicken is done.
  7. Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.
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Pork Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork) Homemade Recipe!

Tocino is a cured process meat product famous and native in Philippines. We got this dish from the Spanish who dominated Philippines for long time ago. Tocino is a Spanish word which is used to describe cured meats. It is made from beef, chicken or “Pork Tocino”. The preparation is quite similar to bacon and ham. It is often reddish in color and has a sweet and savory taste.

Today, I will give you my version of Pork Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork) Homemade Recipe! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 kilo pork belly (ham, butt or shoulder) cut into ¼ inch thin

¼ cup fruit juice (pineapple, apple) – optional

¼ tsp. natural red food coloring –optional

¾ cup brown sugar

2 tbsp. rice vinegar

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 tbsp. soy sauce

11/2 tbsp. salt

½ tbsp. finely ground black pepper

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except for the pork slices in a big bowl and mix until well blended.

Add the pork and mix together using hand gloves to avoid stains then mix for several minutes to an hour.

Transfer to a container with cover and let it sit overnight.

Mix again for a couple of times before putting in the fridge. Cure for 24 hours or up to
3 days.

And it’s ready to cook. You can cook and stir it with or without cooking oil. It’s up to you.

Serve while it’s hot for breakfast or anytime of the day.

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Pork Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork) Homemade Recipe!
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  1. Combine all ingredients except for the pork slices in a big bowl and mix until well blended.
  2. Add the pork and mix together using hand gloves to avoid stains then mix for several minutes to an hour.
  3. Transfer to a container with cover and let it sit overnight.
  4. Mix again for a couple of times before putting in the fridge. Cure for 24 hours or up to 3 days.
  5. And it’s ready to cook. You can cook and stir it with or without cooking oil. It’s up to you.
  6. Serve while it’s hot for breakfast or anytime of the day.
  7. Share and Enjoy!
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