Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Post-Father's-Day Father's Day Celebration with a Delicious Rib Recipe!

I don't know how it is with y'all's family, but in our collective family, it is difficult to celebrate holidays sometimes. I feel like we spend our whole day rushing around and we really don't get to spend much time with the people we really want to be with. Jared and I decided to invite our parents over for a big get-together to celebrate our daddies and how awesome they are without the extra stress!  (Side note: we did the same thing for Mother's Day, but I didn't take pictures because I was too HUNGRY.)

I wasn't sure it was actually going to happen tonight because the power kept going out because of the tornado that came through last week. But Georgia Power did their jobs and got us up and running again!

  • Oven-Baked Ribs 
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Waffle Fries
  • Mixed Berry Pie
A little sugar goes a long way!

Daddy said these were the best ribs he'd ever had! And he's a great cook, so that made me feel really good. Everyone loved the ribs, so if you're interested in the recipe, here it is!


  • 2 slabs of spare ribs (these served 6 adult with only three ribs to spare.)
  • 3 teaspoons of liquid smoke (Be careful with this stuff! It goes a long way!)
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 cup dry rub
  • BBQ sauce
Combine liquid smoke and dijon mustard and use a pastry brush to spread the mixture over each slab of ribs. Add the dry rub all over the slabs and marinate over night  in plastic wrap in the fridge. (for the most tasty results. If you wanted, you could just do this all at once. It's a recipe, not a bomb. You can do what you want.) Remove from plastic wrap and place in tin foil on top of cooling racks that are sitting on top of baking sheets. Broil on the top rack for 5 minutes so that the sugar in the rub starts to bubble. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and move rack to the middle of the oven. Cover ribs in BBQ sauce and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 3 hours. Once done, let the ribs rest for 10 minutes before cutting them up. 


Here are a couple of testimonials from my parents' facebooks last night:
Mama says, "Had the best ribs that I have ever put in my mouth!"
Daddy says, "Best ribs I've ever ate in my life!"

My in-laws loved them too, but they aren't as obsessed with facebook as my parents are!

  • Pops
  • Ma
  • Mama 
  • Daddy

  • Who am I kidding, there was no decor. I had students mostly all day and the last one didn't leave until 6:45, so I had to try and cram most of my prep work in between mandolin and guitar lessons. Plus, the power was out for a chunk of the day.I did manage to set the table, so I count that as something to be counted as progress. I guess my "centerpiece" of feathers might count as decor. Pops collected the turkey feathers for me on our camping trip a couple of weeks ago. 

I love these blue jars and this picture so much, I decided I'm posting it again. 

P.S. I know I mentioned in last week's Photo Friday that I was going to show y'all our pond...I'm hoping to add a few things to it before I post about it, so y'all be patient if you can! 

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