Make it Easy Mondays: Bb-que Apricot Ribs

February 23, 2015

Hey guys, thanks so much for all the love regarding my anniversary post. Yesterday, Jimmy let me sleep in and by sleep in, I got to hear the madness of terror going on downstairs with him fixing breakfast to 3 crazy monsters aka my children. From my room, I could hear incessant yelling, dinosaurs stomping around and one screaming/crying child who shall rename nameless but rhymes with Shemmy. We were already tired going out the door to church!  However, in the car, I told him I wouldn’t want to experience this daily madness with anyone else but him. Sometimes you just gotta laugh or you’ll go crazy. Haha I know you parents can all relate and if not, please feel free to send some pointers my way. πŸ™‚

20150222_184454 (2)My awesome parents came by in the afternoon so that Jimmy and I could go out for dinner. We decided on paella and fish tacos. It’s always a treat to get some alone time and eat without having constant interruptions. We filled our bellies till we couldn’t stuff it anymore and shopped at Ikea to pick up some slipcovers for our couches! #besttimeever  We had so much fun eating an ice cream cone and walking around aimlessly. 

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My mom texted me this pic to say the kids were in bed and she gave my dad laundry folding duties. He vacuumed and folded all my laundry! Remember that laundry picture I posted here? Yeah, my parents stopped judging and now take pity on me. Haha. Jimmy and I spent some alone time and came back to a clean home and folded laundry. #bestanniversaryever Thanks, mom and dad!

Okay, on to Make it Easy Monday!

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Oh you guys, today’s Make it Easy Monday meal is seriously the bomb. I mean it’s ribs, people! These ribs just fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. I am putting this in the rotation because my man loved this meal. Honestly, I loved it just as much as he did. At first, I was going to make them spicy with gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) but discovered I was out and had to think of another concoction with something else I had on hand. A few months ago, a friend made meatballs with a similar type sauce so I decided to try it on these ribs.

Bb-que Apricot Ribs (serves 2)

  • 1.5 cups of bb-que sauce
  • 1.5 cups of apricot jelly
  • 1/2 slab spare ribs or 4-5 country style ribs
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder 

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These are the ingredients I used for the sauce. This Trader Joe’s bb-que sauce has a spicy kick to it so I recommend using regular bb-que sauce if you’re going to feed this to the kids. 

You can choose to skip this step but I boil the ribs for about 7-10 minutes with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of ground ginger. It gets rid of some of the fat and I feel like it helps to flavor the meat better. My mom does this and and says it gets rid of the gaminess in pork. 

IMG_7886 (2)Throw all your ingredients into the crock pot or dutch oven. I love my dutch oven so much! Omit the salt if you already used it to boil the ribs. I cooked it in my dutch oven on the lowest heat for about 1.5 hours. Check on it to make sure your sauce doesn’t burn or dry out. Mine came out slightly caramelized and sticky. If you cook it in the crock pot, I recommend 4 hours but check to make sure there’s enough sauce. Make sure you flip the meat over so the sauce gets on it evenly. You can always add more sauce to this recipe because you don’t want dry ribs!

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Looking really good! 

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Serve it with some rice and kimchee. It’s awesome! I love how it actually browned the meat like it was grilled. 

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 Hubby loved it! #Emmyphotobomb

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Get in ma belly!!! I made it again for my parents last night using spare ribs and they looooved it.  

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This is one of the easiest meals I have ever made. Again, don’t forget to check on the ribs and make sure to flip the meat over at least once while it’s cooking so the flavors are evenly distributed. 

If you try it, lmk how it comes out! I guarantee you will love it!

<><yuni

My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 1:11

Bb-que Apricot Ribs
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cups of bb-que sauce
  2. 1.5 cups of apricot jelly
  3. 1/2 slab spare ribs or 4-5 country style ribs
  4. 1/2 tsp of salt
  5. 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes (optional)
  6. 1 tsp of ginger powder
  7. 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Optional: Boil your ribs for about 7 minutes with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp ginger powder.
  2. Throw all your ingredients into the crock pot for dutch oven. Omit the salt if you already used it to boil the ribs.
  3. Cook it in a dutch oven on very low heat for about 1.5 hours.
  4. If you cook it in the crock pot, I recommend 4 hours but check to make sure there's enough sauce.
Notes
  1. Check on it to make sure your sauce doesn't burn or dry out. Mine came out slightly caramelized and sticky. Check and flip over your ribs at least once or twice to make sure the sauce gets evenly distributed. You can add more sauce if you want.
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