Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Oven Baked Ribs

I have been asked so many times on tips for making ribs.
After asking several people why they need help, I've learned a few things.
- People are intimated by a rack of ribs
- Afraid they won't be tender/fall-off-the-bone
- Don't know how to season them

There is no reason to be scared of making a rack of baby back or St Louis style ribs. 
None at all.
It is so simple! Rub. Marinate. Bake.
Really that is all there is to it.
The picture above is from right after I sliced the ribs apart.
Wait for it...
with a butter knife.

To make these fall-off-of-the-bone ribs all you need are a few staple ingredients and time. 
They come together quickly, bake up in a couple hours (low and slow) and you have a meaty meal that people will be impressed with!
Just be sure when you prep your rack of ribs you remove the membrane on the back of the ribs
There is no excuse for not removing it.
You have to do it. 
Just have to.

So whip out the roll of paper towels to have handy while munching these finger-lickin' good pork ribs!

Notice the bone just laying there.
The meat just pulls apart so easily.
I made these a while ago and my mouth is watering as I try to focus on typing up this post.
Like, really watering.
And now my stomach in growling.
I do believe we will be having these ribs again in a day or two.

I always prefer my Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, but you can use whatever you prefer. 
Or you can go all out and make up your own. 
My hubs prefers Cookies BBQ sauce, but when I'm cooking, he gets what I make :)
You can also kick up the spiciness of these by adding more or less of the cayenne and black pepper.
I tend to prefer spicy, so adjust accordingly. 
I already omitted how much pepper I really used in the recipe because many people don't like things as spicy as I do. 
But you won't lose any flavor either way. 
We always serve our ribs with sticky rice. (I guess that's the classic Asian food with the comforting American BBQ).
Corn-on-the-cob is always a good choice also. Just sayin'.

Try these other great pork recipes:
  • Apple Pork Roast {slow cooker}
  • Pulled Pork {dry-rubbed}

Oven Baked Ribs

by Sugar For Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 2 hours
Ingredients (1 rack of ribs)
  • 1 rack of ribs (baby back or St Louis)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • BBQ Sauce
Remove the membrane from the back of the rack of ribs.
Lay on a large piece of aluminum foil.
In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together.
Press (massage those ribs) the rub onto the rack of ribs.
Make sure all surfaces of the rack is covered.
Wrap the foil around the ribs, using more as needed.
I like to have a seal at the top and bottom so the juices won't leak out during marinating or baking.
Lay the ribs on a baking sheet and set it in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 3-4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Place the baking sheet with the foil-wrapped ribs in the oven and let bake for 2 hours.
After two hours, remove from the oven open the foil.
Set the oven to broil.
Let the steam escape and remove the foil and juice.
Then brush the ribs with the BBQ sauce, giving it a healthy coating.
Return to the oven to broil for 5 minutes, or until the sauce gets bubbly and browned.
Cut ribs apart as desired before serving.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Burlap Lampshade DIY

Earlier this week I posted my big DIY headboard that I made out of old wood. You can check that post out here if you haven't seen it yet.

I really wanted lights installed on my headboard to free up table space on the bed side tables.

I feel like the bed side tables have a big habit of collecting random clutter.
Books, remote controls, chargers, cell phones, tablets, pens, notebooks, my daughter's bracelets and hair ties/bands...the list goes on and on. 
So, getting at least one things off of the table is a huge help in reducing clutter - which is my overall goal for my house. 

Some people are lucky enough to have recessed lighting, or hard-wiring their lights which are mounted on the wall or headboard. 
Well, I'm not that lucky. 
I would love to have lighting mounted and wired within the wall, but...
A) I'm on a small budget for this project ($50 overall!)
B) I didn't want to hire an electrician to come in and do it
C) I don't know how to do 
D) Neither does the hubs

I knew that there had to be wall-mounted lights that can be plugged into an outlet out there somewhere.
It took some hunting.
I searched the light area at Menards, and after examining every wall-mounted light they had on display, found this would be my only option:

Okay. Let's take a gander at this light for a moment, shall we?
I hate the brass color of the mount. (Notice that they don't show the electrical cord coming out from beneath it (It is brown).
I hate the lampshade.
White and tapered are super boring.
But, wait. 
They have swing arms? So the hubs and I could position them where we'd like?
Only $16? 
I can work with that. 
Two went into the cart with my daughter who was grumpy because she hates when I focus on things at Menards. I mean, I have to make sure it is the right item that I want to buy, right? So I debate things heavily...

I took them out of the packaging and yep. I hated the color of them. 
They were a dark brass color with a textured look. 
Then I remembered I happened to have a can of spray paint in silver...which looks like metal when sprayed on. 
Hammered metal spray paint is available in a couple colors, and silver is just my personal favorite.
So I laid them down on plastic in the garage, gave them a couple good coats of the paint (including the lampshade hardware, without the shade on it).

I knew right away when I purchased them that I had to do something different with the lampshades.
I like drum shades much better. 
But nothing was available with the right kind of fitting to fit on these. 
I checked Menards, Walmart and Target. 
My friend suggested just wrapping burlap around the shade.
I liked that idea. I was going for a rustic look and burlap seemed to fit that idea appropriately,
I rummaged around and found a roll of burlap with a lace overlay on it that I picked up for under $4 at Walmart one day and never gave it a second thought. 

I then tore apart the lampshades (sorry I didn't take any pictures because at the time I didn't know what the heck I was really doing or how this would end up).
I kept only the top ring of the shades that slips onto the lamp and then screws into place. I hope that makes sense :)

I then started cutting the roll of burlap. The burlap is about 3 inches wide and I cut the it into strips about 8 inches long.
Then I curled one end of the strip around the top ring of the lampshade that I saved, and sewed it in place using just white thread and a needle.
I repeated this with a second strip but then after I whip-stitched the strips together.

I kept repeating this until the entire shade was covered in burlap. In hindsight, I would have sewn all the strips together first, but I didn't know what I was doing at the time...I was just experimenting and then I ended up liking it enough to keep it and do it to the other shade.
After all were in place, I hemmed up the bottom, put it back on the lamp and I had two, simple, and totally inexpensive lampshades that I like SO much more than the ones that came with the lamps.

I bought iridescent lights to go in, because they give off a nice glow, and a low wattage (bed lights, remember).
When lit up, they give my room a nice soft glow

We then mounted them on the headboard once we had it installed. 
I didn't know how far over from the edge we would want them, or how high or low we would...so we just waited and I was so happy with the result!
Since they are not hard-wired into the wall, I slipped the cords into the purposefully left gaps in the headboard and dropped the cords behind the wood down to the plug-in. 

When they aren't turned on, the lace really makes them pop, at least I think they do!

  • Lampshade mount (with the old lampshade removed)
  • Roll of burlap
  • Thread
  • Needle
That's all it takes. They were very inexpensive to make, and I could have really spent more time on them if I had planned out what I was doing. 
Maybe I'll remove them and give them a quick run through the sewing machine, but for now, I am pleasantly pleased with them!

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