I know it is almost fall, but I am holding on to these last few days of August. The summer flew by, and I am not quite ready to embrace everything pumpkin, crunchy leaves, or darker evenings yet.
I had a rack of ribs in my freezer, so that was the main inspiration for today’s meal! Plus, it’s a meal that makes me feel like it’s Summer!
Let’s jump right into it!
This is a very simple recipe, but there are a couple of ingredients that need to be prepared ahead of time. I will include instructions at the bottom of the post for those.
No matter how a recipe says to cook ribs, I always cook them the way I will show you. I am guaranteed a good turnout if I do it this way!
I wrap the ribs in double layers of foil, place it on a foil-lined pan (just in case of leaks), and cook it at 275 degrees in the oven for two hours.
After two hours, the ends of the bones should be sticking out slightly like what you see below.
Baking them in the oven can be done ahead of time, which is convenient for entertaining. To finish later, wrap them tightly and refrigerate. When you are ready to finish the ribs, bring them to room temperature before you go to the next step.
To finish the ribs, brush them with your favorite BBQ sauce and place them under the broiler for a few minutes to thicken the sauce and slightly char it. Keep a close eye on the ribs at this point because you don’t want to burn the BBQ sauce on them!
Alternatively, you can grill them for this final step instead of using the oven broiler.
The Sweet and Salty Salad is sweet because of the dressing, candied pecans, and craisins. It is salty because of the bacon, cheese, and eggs.
I copied this idea from the spinach salad they sell at Costco. I just place spinach in a salad bowl, and top with the different ingredients. I like to alternate colors so that it looks pretty.
I think the bacon is the most important salty ingredient and the pecans are the most important sweet ingredient.
The dressing and pecans are definitely sweet, so if you don’t have a strong salty element like bacon, it can be too sweet.
For directions on how to make candied pecans, click here.
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