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Mustard Baby Back Ribs

Growing up with southern influences while living in the northeast region has been quite interesting to me. I embrace my southern roots but not all of the delicacies enjoyed by my southern brethren. For instance, my mom is a true southern chef and would prepare things like pig feet, chitterlings, pork ribs, muskrat, fried chicken livers or chicken gizzards smothered in onions and gravy with rice. Don’t ask about the muskrat which is really called musk rabbit. It smelled good but is one food I refused to eat. I preferred cereal or lunch meat sandwiches on muskrat dinner night.

Although I ate the other dishes growing up, I can say the thought of eating pig feet, chitterlings or chicken livers makes my stomach churn a little and my head ache. Back then you ate whatever was served (except muskrat) just because your mama made it. Now, I have total control over what I eat and it does not include anything that makes me frown when I look at it. The one thing I do like that my mom prepared in my younger days is ribs!

Mustard Baby Back Ribs is a slight twist on the ribs my mom made for every family BBQ. Everyone loved my mom’s ribs because they were smoky and tender plus she made her own BBQ sauce which had a tangy mustard and vinegar flavor. Once you tasted her sauce you were hooked. Even my neighbors started asking if Mrs. T could make them a batch of sauce after they tasted it at one of our backyard BBQs.

Okay, back to the Mustard Baby Back Ribs. A few weeks ago, I had a taste for baby back ribs but I did not have any of my mom’s sauce on hand so I had to think outside of the box to get the flavors I wanted. I decided to place the ribs in a mustard marinade to mimic the nice tangy flavor of my mom’s BBQ sauce. I think my idea worked beautifully and by the number of clean bones left on the family’s plates they thought it was a good idea too.

Mustard Baby Back Ribs

Ingredients:

2 packages baby back ribs

½ onion sliced thin

4 tbsp spicy brown mustard

1 ½ tbsp salt

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

½ tbsp black ground pepper

½ tbsp lemon pepper

½ tbsp chili powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Place baby back ribs in a large bowl. Add seasonings, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Mix thoroughly to coat ribs with seasonings and mustard. Place in a plastic zip lock bag and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Spray cooking spray on the bottom of a baking dish then line it with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray then spread sliced onions on the bottom of the baking dish. Season with a little salt. Remove ribs from plastic bag and place in a single layer over the onions. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes then cover with foil and bake another 30 minutes. Remove the ribs from the oven and top with your favorite BBQ sauce. Place ribs back into the oven uncovered and bake an additional 30 minutes.

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Garlic BBQ Chicken Wings

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I am going to admit something to the world. I prefer to take the easy way out when it comes to frying chicken. Chicken wings and specifically chicken wingettes are the easiest pieces to fry if you are frying chicken. Wingettes are already cut into pieces and do not need a lot of cleaning. Other parts of the chicken like the breast and thigh need tender loving care to make sure you get most of the fat and other questionable things off of the chicken. Drumsticks are not hard to clean but they take longer to cook than wings. So yes, I can be a little lazy when it comes to frying chicken. That being said I do love fried chicken and don’t mind frying up a batch of wings for the family any day of the week.

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I came up with my Garlic BBG Chicken Wing recipe after watching a food show that showed the cook adding garlic to a butter sauce then pouring it over fried chicken wings. I liked the idea of adding garlic and butter to a BBQ sauce then pouring it over fried chicken wings instead of a plain butter sauce. The result was quite tasty and since I baked the wings after frying them and drenching them in BBQ sauce there was a nice little char to the wing.

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This recipe is simple because you can use whatever flavor BBQ sauce you like the best. If you want something a little sweet but spicy, try Stubbs Sweet Heat BBQ sauce. The sauce has a nice tang and you can feel a subtle heat in the back of your throat as you eat. Adding the garlic just added another wonderful level of flavor to the wings. There are so many different flavors of sauce that will work well with this recipe. Start out by experimenting with your favorite BBQ sauce then go from there. I am 99% sure you will enjoy these wings no matter what sauce you decide to use.

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Garlic BBQ Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

1 jar Stubbs Sweet Heat Bar-B-Que Sauce

2 pkgs chicken wingettes washed

2 tbsp minced garlic

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp salt

½ tbsp black pepper

frying olive oil or vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl season chicken with salt and black pepper. Add oil to a dutch oven or large heavy pot (about half way up the side of the pot. Turn heat to medium high until oil begins to smoke slightly. If you are brave, flick a drop of water into the pot. If it sizzles the oil is hot.

Cook chicken wings in batches (8 – 10 pieces each time) until they are crispy. Drain on paper towels.

In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes then add BBQ sauce. Stir to mix butter, garlic and sauce. Reduce heat to low to keep warm while cooking chicken.

Add chicken and sauce to a large container with a top. Shake to coat the chicken wings. Spread chicken out on a foil lined baking pan. Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.

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