Saturday, June 27, 2020

#Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs by Denise Swanson

Although, my husband and I love to cook, we do not have a grill. We had one once a long time ago, but when it rusted out we decided not to replace it. We used it so infrequently that it was more trouble than it was worth to move it onto the deck and then back into the garage.

Without a grill, we stopped making BBQ ribs so whenever we had a hankering for their messy deliciousness we went out to eat. With the quarantine going out to  a restaurant was off the table and living in the middle of rural Illinois there is no delivery and takeout means a long trip.

All of this lead to finding a recipe for ribs that didn't require a grill. This one turned out to be amazing!

  1. Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup chili powder
    • 1/8 cup white sugar
    • 1/8 cup brown sugar
    • 1/8 cup salt
    • 1 tablespoons black pepper
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
    • 1 rack baby back pork ribs

    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F 

    1. Mix  chile powder, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, cumin, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, and chipotle pepper in a small bowl until combined.

    2. Place ribs meat-side down on aluminum foil. Prick back of rib rack several times with a knife.

    3. Generously apply coating of dry rub to all sides of rib rack.

    1. With rib rack meat-side down, fold foil around it to create a tight seal. Transfer to sheet pan.

    1. Bake in preheated oven until tender and cooked through, about 2 hours. Remove and cool 15 minutes.

While ribs cook, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F and make BBQ sauce

    1. 1/2 cup ketchup

      • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
      • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
      • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
      • 1 dash hot pepper sauce
      • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, garlic powder, mustard powder, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before brushing on ribs.

Open foil, drain and discard any accumulated juices and fat. Brush barbecue sauce on all sides of rack.

Place rack meat-side up and return to oven, leaving foil open. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and brush another layer of barbecue sauce on meat-side only. Repeat baking and brushing with sauce 4 more times, for a total of 50 minutes baking time.


A Call to Charms

Chocolate, men, and magic. Who can turn down that inheritance?
     If life had gone as she planned, Lexie Green would have been teaching English at a prestigious university, not persuading spoiled, rich women to buy overpriced clothes they didn’t need and often looked ridiculous wearing. Can you say electric yellow see-through skirts and Torn jeans with unfinished hems?    
     Still, although this isn’t the life Lexie would have chosen, all is going well. At least until Lexie is fired and her deranged ex-boyfriend tries to kidnap her.
     Deciding that it’s better to accept a mysterious inheritance from a great aunt she’s never heard of rather than end up kept in a cage as her ex’s pet poodle, Lexie packs up and heads to Kansas. So, what if she has to go by a new name and live in a town that she can’t find on a map?
     Unfortunately, once she arrives in her new hometown, everyone there seems just a tad off-kilter and Lexie’s cousin insists that the citizens are magical. At least there are a couple of hot guys hanging around for eye candy.
     Even though Lexie doesn’t believe the nonsense about her being the Ravenscraft Shield, she does believe her father was murdered—a father she never knew existed, and she investigates his death.
     Too bad, whoever killed her father, now wants Lexie dead as well.    


There's something fishy just below the surface of Scumble River...

School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is getting ready to return to work from her maternity leave and hoping for a peaceful year in her job as a school psychologist. But when an elderly woman disappears on her first day back and a disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school, Skye realizes that her return will be anything but quiet.

When the parent suing Skye's school is found dead and with the missing woman's case is still unsolved, Skye suspects the crimes are somehow linked. With her chief of police husband, Wally, at her side, Skye dives into the investigations. But as tensions rise and Skye and Wally's suspect list lengthens, they start to wonder whether a member of their own tight-knit community could be behind it all...

Enjoy the occasional romance?

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Marco Thorne was hired by Club Wilde’s owner to open up the newest, most outrageous venue yet. He is absolutely certain that he can handle all the competition Las Vegas has to offer until his overbearing boss contracts with Lions and Tigers and More sanctuary to have live exotic animals present in the jungle-themed club. Still, he has no choice but to go along with his boss’s idiotic scheme, even if he thinks it’s the worst idea he’s ever heard.

Dr. Sage DeSantis’s entire life is devoted to keeping the animals under her care in the sanctuary healthy and happy. After the sanctuary’s owner announces that he’s renting out some of Sage’s babies to Club Wilde, she’s sickened that they will once again be exploited.

When Marco and Sage meet, the chemistry between them nearly knocks them off their feet. Although they both have experiences in their past that make them leery of love, and Sage is determined to guard her heart, Marco is all in. But will Marco be able to convince Sage to give them a chance?

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Publisher’s warning: This book contains sensual consummated love scenes.

Series description:

Second in Denise Swanson’s new Delicious contemporary romance series. All books are complete with no cliffhangers and a guaranteed HEA!

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  1. See, you don't need a grill for yummy ribs.
    A dry rub and a sauce--that doesn't overwhelm the meat flavor?
    You only put the sauce on the meaty side, not the rib side? Why?

  2. It is an intense flavor, but that's our preferences. The recipe only indicated the sauce for the meaty side and I never thought of putting the sauce on the rib side.