Bloody Angry Baby Back Ribs

ribssweetpotatoEnticing name, don’t you think?  I’m not English and spouting a profanity, nor am I intending to butcher and cook ribs while they’re still bloody, I’m too big a wuss for that! 😉

What I did do though, is combine the flavors of the blood oranges ripening on my tree with BBQ sauce & hard cider and put it all into the pressure cooker to see what would happen!

What happened was a tender, tasty rib that absorbed the sweetness of the orange slices, the ginger-apple crispness of the cider before finishing with the smoky-spicy BBQ sauce!  I don’t usually enjoy pork ribs, but these I ate with gusto.  So much so that I only grudgingly encouraged my husband to eat the last slab on the serving plate.  I wanted the ribs to be the star of the show, so I served them beside baked sweet potatoes.

About an hour and 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat dinner:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and prick the skins of 2 medium sweet potatoes with a fork and place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes then remove from the oven, place them in a bowl and tent with foil to keep them warm while you’re finishing the ribs.

Bloody Angry Baby Back Ribs

  • 2 Medium Ripe Blood Oranges
  • 1 – 12 oz Bottle Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Hard Cider
  • 2 Lbs Pork Loin Back Ribs
  • BBQ Sauce (whatever brand you prefer)
  1. Slice the oranges and place into the bottom of the pressure cooker pan.
  2. Cut your ribs apart into 3-4 pieces and stand them around the perimeter of the pan.
  3. Pour the bottle of Hard Cider into the middle of the ribs, over the top of the oranges.
  4. Immediately close and lock the lid and set the pressure cooker to Medium for 15 minutes and hit the start button.
  5. When the timer goes off, release the pressure and open the top.
  6. Remove the ribs from the pressure cooker pan and place them (bone side down) on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  7. Brush your favorite BBQ sauce on them as lightly or generously as you desire.
  8. Place the baking sheet back into the 400 degree oven you used for your sweet potatoes and cook the ribs another 15 – 20 minutes to bake the sauce in.

Serve with the baked sweet potatoes (with plenty of butter and brown sugar) and, if you’ve prepared some (or bought it) ahead of time, some crisp cold coleslaw.  If you don’t have a recipe for coleslaw, you might want to give my recipe from September 2015 a try: Lisa’s Kicked Up Memphis Coleslaw. Enjoy!

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I Like My Coleslaw With a Kick!

We are 3 weeks into tailgate season at USC and already we’ve set the bar high with our pre-game feasts:

  • Week 1   For the 8:00 PM game against Arkansas State, we had all day to tailgate, so we did a traditional lobster, clam, mussel & Andouille sausage boil with corn on the cob, red potatoes, and crusty bread.
  • Week 2   It was a middle of the day scorcher in LA when we played Idaho so we took things easy by picking up “Godmother” sandwiches from Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica.  If you’ve never had one, and you are anywhere near Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and get over there! It’s unbelievably good and the line is always out the door so order ahead.
  • Week 3   When Stanford comes to town that means one thing for our particular tailgate group:  Greg’s Dad’s bloody Mary’s.  They are the BOMB and thus require a suitable food performance to accompany them.  The smoker was hauled out for ribs, Carl’s Fat Boy Pie (A spicy potato concoction) and my Memphis Coleslaw.

Lisa’s Kicked Up Memphis Coleslaw

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dressing: 


2 Cups Best Foods Mayonnaise, 4 TBLS Creole Mustard (I use Zatarain’s), 4 TBLS Apple Cider Vinegar, 6 TBLS Sugar, 2 tsp Onion Powder, 4 tsp Celery Seed, and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste

Once the dressing is combined add:

1 Head Green Cabbage Shredded,  1/2 Head Red Cabbage Shredded, 1- 10 oz bag (About 8 large if shredding yourself) Shredded Carrots, 1/2 Large Jicama Grated

Toss, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. It tastes the best when salad sits overnight in the refrigerator.  Makes a good sized bowl and can feed 8-16 depending on serving size.

This girl loves to eat this as is, but if you like more crunch you can also add finely diced celery, green apple or even some radish.  For more kick you can add another TBLS of the Creole Mustard or even creamy (straight if you’re brave) horseradish.

If you are having pulled pork or corned beef this would be great piled high within your sandwich.  I’ve also served it with ribs, steak and alongside hotdogs & hamburgers.

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