I was afraid today would be go-go-go, since Ben and I were such slackers yesterday, but we tag teamed our to-do list early this morning and finished grocery shopping, laundry, errands, cleaning the basement, tidying up the house and prepping meals for the week in under 3 hours – viva teamwork!
That left us plenty of time for a nice, long walk in the sunshine this afternoon. 8)
It’s gorgeous out today – HOT, HOT, HOT, but gorgeous – so we ditched the treadmill for the trail and ended up walking 6.4 miles in just under 2 hours.
I couldn’t believe it! I knew we had been gone pretty far, but my eyeballs popped after I plugged our route into Livestrong.com when we got home.
After slamming some cold water and hobbling to the shower for a cold & long one, we were more than ready to dive face first into the delectable, finger-lickin’ supper that had been cooking during our walk – Baked Baby Back Ribs!
Sing it with me,“I want my baby back, baby back, baby back, I want my baby back, baby back, baby back…IGEEEEEEEE’s Baby Back Ribs. Barbecue saaaauce.” Ahhh!
I started with a gorgeous rack of baby back ribs from Wallace Farms. I joined their uber-convenient buying club a few weeks ago, ordered these ribs, bacon and beef sticks for Ben, then picked them up fresh a few days later at a location near my house.
The ribs came fully trimmed (love) so all I had to do to prep them for baking was sprinkle salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and cumin on each side, rub it in, then wrap the rack in saran wrap and refrigerate overnight.
This afternoon I laid the ribs out on a foil-lined, non-stick sprayed baking sheet,
covered the ribs with more foil, then baked at 250 degrees for 3 1/2 hours.
After 3 1/2 hours, I drained the liquid that cooked out, brushed on our favorite BBQ sauce, Big Daddy’s, then popped the ribs back in the oven without the foil top for 30 more minutes. Just enough time to let the sauce start to caramelize.
Ben and I hovered nearby, our stomachs competing for loudest growl, as we let the ribs rest for 10 long, agonizing minutes…then we dug in with a fierceness!
These ribs were so incredibly tender from the loooong, sloooow and loooow cooking process. The meat literally fell off the bone.
1.75-2lb rack baby back ribs, trimmed
- Sprinkle both sides of the ribs with seasonings, then wrap with saran wrap and marinate in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, discard the saran wrap and place ribs on a foil-lined, non-stick sprayed baking sheet. Cover the ribs completely with more foil then bake at 250 degrees for 3 1/2 hours.
- After 3 1/2 hours, remove the foil on top and drain off liquid. Brush BBQ sauce on top of the ribs and bake for 30 more minutes.
- Let the ribs rest for 10 minutes, then dig in!
I was able to completely bypass the dreaded “sauce face” phase of eating ribs, ’cause I ate every tender bite with a fork my fingers!
I am totally ordering another rack from Wallace Farms. There was SO much yummy, edible meat in every bite. Per. Fec. Tion. Baked ribs are the bomb!
Alright, while I managed to avoid sauce face, I was unable to escape sticky fingers. This is a condition one must accept when dining on delectable ribs, I suppose. Small price to pay!
I served some sweet baked beans on the side.
They were Trader Joe’s Organic Baked Beans.
Vegetarian and without the “gloopy” sauce that comes surrounding most baked beans. I loved them! Ben wasn’t a huge fan, but he’s not a big baked bean guy in the first place.
Can’t have a summer BBQ without sweet corn, either. Freshly shucked and cut off the cob by yours truly this morning.
A meal fit for a King!
Speaking of…HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Unfortunately I couldn’t spend today with my Dad, as he & my Mom are en route home from visiting family in Ohio.
Therefore I sent virtual hugs to my #1 cheerleader and fan, the person I can always count on, and the one who’s taught me to reach for my dreams, whatever they may be, all day. That’s my Dad. I’m so thankful to have him!
AND I’m so thankful for my Father-in-Law! I have been blessed with THE best in-laws. Seriously. Giving, thoughtful, hardworking & kind best describes my FIL – I’m so glad to have him!
Since neither Ben nor I could be with our Dads today, we felt it was only appropriate that we fix ourselves a dessert that both of them love dearly. Cookies. Fresh, warm chocolate chip cookies.
When I say “fix” I mean break & bake, but still…
It made us feel closer to them, somehow. You understand…
Clearly Ben is feeling better!
At least this spectacle was conducted in the privacy of our own home. Unlike cupcake gate…
Who can blame him though, really?
Well with that, another weekend has officially come to a close! I LITERALLY CANNOT BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ENTERING THE LAST WEEK IN JUNE TOMORROW. Where, OH WHERE, does the time go?!
I feel like I spent all of June fearing that we’d have another snow storm or something (seriously, that is how fickle weather in the Midwest is) so I haven’t really accepted the fact that it’s summer. I need to be spending WAY more time on outdoor patios, sipping cold beverages, ya’ with me?!
Tell me one of your favorite things or memories about your Dad!
My Dad has always been my #1 protector. Knowing this, I’d torment my brothers (who me?) when we were growing up and they’d yell “C’mon Dad! Give us the green light!!!” aka C’mon Dad, let us tackle this little brat! but he’d never let them do it. I, as you can imagine, loved this!