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Sunday Weekly Family Supper~Dinner Around The Table Recipe: Perfect Barbecued Ribs

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Sunday Weekly Family Supper~Dinner Around The Table Recipe: Perfect Barbecued Ribs

Posted on 22 July 2012 by noelskitchen

A family meal is all about sharing. It’s a chance to step back in our busy everyday lives, everyday worries and focus on what really matters. FAMILY. I decided to start sharing Sunday Suppers Sunday Weekly Family Supper~Dinner Around The Table theme again. It’s one night of the week you really shouldn’t miss gathering around the table for dinner. Sunday Family Suppers start the week off with a fresh new and positive look at the week ahead.

I chose ribs for tonight’s meal because it’s not only a hearty meal, it slow cooks in the oven and is perfect in allowing me to finish up some last minute chores around the house. Side dishes are Potatoes Au Gratin, corn and watermelon slices to round up a satisfying meal for the whole family.

Perfect Barbecued Ribs 

Serves: 4-8


  • Fresh Rack of Pork Ribs
  • Dry Rub
  • brown sugar
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce (recipe posting later)
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Prepare ribs by rinsing under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place the ribs in a large baking pan preferably with a wire rack in the bottom to keep the ribs out of the liquid.
  • Place them meat side up, cover the ribs in the dry rub, rub it in with your fingers. Then sprinkle the ribs with the brown sugar, I use quite a bit here.
  • Put about 2-3 cups of water in the bottom of the pan to keep the ribs from drying out. Cover the ribs with aluminum foil, sealing up as good as you can.
  • Bake in oven for 3 hours. Remove from oven and let them cool for 10 minutes. If you want to add an extra bit of color and smoky flavor, place on the grill for 5 to 7 minutes. Once they are grilled nicely, I like to cut them apart and place them in a deep pan and cover them with BBQ sauce. I let them sit in the sauce while I cook the rest of the meal. You can cover the pan and place in the warm oven too.


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Dinner In 15 Minutes:Tex-Mex Skillet

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Dinner In 15 Minutes:Tex-Mex Skillet

Posted on 17 May 2012 by noelskitchen

When I was working 10 to 12 hour days, I was usually exhausted by the time I walked in the door. Between work, school activities, and household duties, I was glad when I was out of the kitchen and had dinner on the table in 15 minutes. It meant more time with my family. My work schedule has changed quite a bit since then.

I have a bit more flexibility when it comes to making dinner now. If I choose to make a 30 minute meal on a weeknight,  I can without having the fear that I won’t get to spend time with my family and I don’t have to worry the kids won’t be in bed on time. For the nights we have the family activities like our 4-H meetings, I am able to throw a 15-minute meal together and we are to our meetings on time without having to rush through dinner.

This simple meal is one of those quick 15-minute meals that you can make on any weeknight or when you know you have any weeknight activity or meeting. And it’s a great recipe to use leftover rice from a previous meal.

Tex-Mex Skillet

Serves: 4


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 12-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 hot red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup cooked rice


  1. In a medium skillet, cook the sausage till brown. Drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, corn, red pepper, water, chili powder and onion powder. Bring to a boil.
  2. Stir in cooked rice into the skillet mixture. Remove from heat. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving.

Note: The red hot pepper adds just a bit of heat to this dish without the seeds but you can substitute a sweet pepper for the red hot pepper if you chose. This recipe can be adjusted to make 6 to 8 servings or another weeknight meal.

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Pioneer Woman’s Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork Recipe Review

Posted on 26 January 2012 by noelskitchen

If most of you fellow foodies are like me and enjoy watching Ree (Pioneer Woman), then you must have seen her episode this past Saturday where she wakes up at the crack of dawn to throw a pork butt into the oven for a mouth watering lunch. I do mean mouth watering!

On my last grocery shopping trip, our grocery store was having a BOGO sale in the meat department so I stocked up. I added Ree’s recipe to my shopping list to try out and was on last night’s meal plan. I didn’t want to wait till the weekend totry out the recipe, so I improvised the recipe by using the crock pot. I cooked it on the low setting for 8 hours; little longer than the 6 hours her recipe called for and it still was falling off the bone, tender and juicy. I had used a 12 ounce can of chipotle peppers in adobo and it was a bit spicy, even for my husband and I. (We love spicy food!) However, it was way too spicy for the kids. Next time I’ll cut back on the peppers to maybe half the can so they are able to eat it. I’m still trying to think of a way to balance the flavors a little better so one ingredient isn’t overpowering the other. Here’s the recipe:

Pioneer Woman’s Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork

Servings: 18


  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 1 whole Pork Shoulder (“pork Butt”) – 5 To 7 Pounds
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 can (11 Ounce) (I used 12 ounce can) Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
  • 2 cans Dr. Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven. (I used the crock pot.)
  3. Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.
  4. Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.
  5. Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for at least six hours, (6-8 hours using the crock pot and I didn’t touch it.) turning roast two or three times during the cooking process. Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it’s not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour.
  6. Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat, discarding large pieces of fat. Strain as much of the fat off the top of the cooking liquid as you can and discard it. Return the shredded meat to the cooking liquid, and keep warm until ready to serve. (You can also refrigerate the meat and liquid separately, then remove hardened fat once it’s cold. Then heat up the liquid on the stovetop and return the meat to the liquid to warm up.
  7. Serve on warm flour tortillas. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, avocado slices, salsa, and whatever else you’d like.

Recipe and from by Ree (Pioneer Woman)

For those of you who have tried the recipe, have any suggestions for balancing the flavors?

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Posted on 14 March 2011 by noelskitchen

As promised, here is one of the savory recipes for our meal plan this week. This is a busy month for us with lots of different activities so my meal plan for the week is pretty simple. Yesterday, we had Pork Chops slow cooked in a honey soy sauce served over rice, broccoli and some homemade rolls. The pork chops turn out really tender and tasty.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Summary: A delicious meal made in the slow cooker that comes out tender and tasty.


4-6 pork loin chops (depending on size of your family)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 cup orange juice
1 Teaspoon Chinese Five Spices


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic, honey, orange juice and spices.
  • Place pork chops in slow cooker.
  • Pour honey soy sauce mixture over the top of pork chops.
  • Set slow cooker to low setting and cook for 6 hours.

Noel’s Quick Notes:

Plate pork chops over cooked  rice of your choice and spoon honey soy sauce mixture over the top. Serve with your family’s favorite steamed vegetables.


Can substitute beef or chicken in place of pork chops.

Serves: 4-6 people

Cooking Time: 6 hours

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Cook Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes

Meal Type: Dinner

My Family Rating: 5 stars


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Pork Chops with Apple Spice Gravy

Posted on 08 September 2010 by noelskitchen

Here is a delicious recipe I found while working on my weekly meal plan and adjusted it a bit to my liking. The sweetness of the apples and brown sugar combined with cinnamon and a little bit of curry really make this dish yummy! Served with curry rice and a green salad.


Pork Chops with Apple Spice Gravy


1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

6  pork chops (family pack)

Salt and pepper

4 Tablespoons flour

2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon Curry powder

2/3 cup apple juice

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash allspice or nutmeg


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large skillet, melt oil over medium heat. Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper; coat lightly with flour on both sides. Brown the chops in the oil for about 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Arrange the browned chops in a 9x 12 baking dish.

To the skillet with drippings, add the sliced apples, butter, and brown sugar . In a bowl, mix apple juice, cornstarch and seasonings  until smooth and pour over the apple mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 4 to 5 minutes. Pour the apple mixture over the chops. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Yes, this dish does take an extra 15 minutes to cook. Not the usual for my 30-minute family dinners, but it’s worth it!

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