Barbecued Orange and Jalapeno Ribs

 

I am not intimidated but much in the kitchen but for some reason ribs have always been well, scary. However, they are my oldest child’s favorite food and biggest request as well as a family favorite. So it was time to put on my big girl apron and figure this out. I have to say they were delicious and pretty easy, just takes some preplanning. I will be making them again and was very pleased with the flavor of the marinade and barbecue sauce. I desperately wish(hint, hint) that I had a smoker but until then these ¬†slow roasted and then grilled ribs will be perfect.

4 lbs Pork Loin Baby Back Ribs

Orange Jalapeno Marinade

2 garlic cloves chopped

1 tsp orange zest

1/4 cup orange juice

1-2 jalapenos minced

1/2 t dijon mustard

1/4 c ponzu (citrus infused soy sauce) or soy sauce

1/4 c lemon lime soda (sprite, 7up etc…)

Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Remove silver skin from ribs if necessary and score the ribs with a sharp knife through the fat between each bone to allow the marinade to penetrate.

Place ribs into a large ziploc bag and pour in marinade. Place in refrigerator over night turning the bag occasionally.

Preheat oven to 200, remove ribs from bag and place in a large pan, cover with foil and cook 3-4 hrs, turning once.

 

Orange Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

2 c ketchup

3 oz jalapeno jelly

juice of 1 orange

1 tsp orange zest

1T worcestershire sauce

1T dijon mustard

1 T apple cider vinegar

1/2 t garlic powder

1/4 t black pepper

1/2 t salt

add all ingredients to a small sauce pan stir and bring to a simmer over med heat. Make sure jelly is melted and turn to low until ready to use.

Remove ribs from over, baste with sauce and place on a preheated grill (med-high) for about 7-10 min per side or until sauce caramelizes. If you don’t have a grill, place under the broiler in the oven.

 

 

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Dr. Pepper Marinated Flank Steak

I am trying to give up soda, I have a severe Diet Pepsi addiction. I don’t drink coffee, or smoke so I have always justified my 8:30 am can of Diet Pepsi, followed by 3 or 4 or more throughout the day. But I didn’t buy any this week, I figured now was as good a time as ever to give it up. My problem is we have a lot of other sodas left over from Memorial Day weekend, including Dr. Pepper, my kids favorite. My fear is that when I am strung out and jonesing for my Pepsi fix that I will grab whatever is in the fridge, including the high in sugar Dr. Pepper. So I decided to make a marinade with some of it to prevent later temptation, because if you cook with it it’s not the same, at least that’s what I am telling myself. I know, I know, don’t judge whatever gets me through the day…

1 flank steak

1/2 c Dr. Pepper

1/4 soy sauce

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/2 T Montreal Steak Seasoning ( I used the spicy version)

Mix Dr. Pepper, Soy sauce, garlic and steak seasoning together.

Place Flank Steak and marinade in a gallon sized plastic bag, seal and put in refrigerator for at least one hour. ( you could make it ahead and marinade it overnight)

Preheat Broiler, remove steak from bag and place on a broiler pan.

Place under broiler for about 10 minutes and turn the steak over and broil the other side for 10 more minutes ( Check for doneness with a meat thermometer) . I added some asparagus tossed with lemon, olive oil and salt and pepper during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Let meat rest for at least 5 minutes, then slice against the grain and serve.