Slow Cooker Ribs

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Slow Cooker Ribs from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

Slow cooker ribs are the perfect main dish for a Super Bowl party.  Cook the ribs in the slow cooker, while you do other things, then simply grill or broil with barbecue sauce for 15 minutes and the ribs are ready to serve! You will need: 3 1/2 pounds pork spare ribs 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons liquid smoke 2 cloves garlic, finely diced 1 medium onion, sliced 1/2 cup cola Barbecue sauce In a small bowl prepare a rub by mixing together the brown sugar, pepper, salt, liquid smoke and garlic. Remove ribs from package or wrapping  I bought a package of Farmer John's Spareribs at Smart & Final that was over 8 pounds and contained 2 racks of ribs. I cooked up one rack, as seen above, which was right around 4 pounds, and froze the other rack for later. For a party, I'd use 2 slow cookers and cook them all. Cut racks of ribs in to 4 equal parts - or however many pieces you need to fit them in ... [read more]

Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs

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beef short ribs

Beef short ribs become an easy and elegant meal when cooked in a wine sauce in the slow cooker.  I used Hearty Burgundy wine provided by Gallo Family Vineyard, as part of Mom It Forward Blogger Network, to cook the ribs low and slow for a tender, delicious meal. I grew up eating my dad's world famous baby back ribs and never really gave much thought to what kind of ribs I was eating.  It wasn't until only about 10 years ago that I realized there are both beef and pork ribs.  Then we started buying our beef in bulk from a local rancher and  we almost always get a couple of pounds of beef short ribs. I'm always up for cooking and eating something new, but I had no idea how to cook beef short ribs.  After much research, I discovered that beef short ribs are pretty tough so the best way to them is slow and low.  I've tried several different recipes but the ribs always lacked flavor and were swimming in fat. Gallo Family Vineyard is celebrating 50 years of making red ... [read more]

Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Tropical Tres Leches Cake: An Easy Romantic Meal

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eggplant parmesan

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Baked eggplant Parmesan is an easy romantic meal to make for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day.   Use a tres leches cake baking kit to add a delicious sweet end to your dinner. When I was single, I used to dream about the gloriously romantic Valentine's Days I would celebrate when I was married.  Then I got married and had kids - so much for that dream!  I've come to terms with spending Valentine's Day at home, but I still try to plan a romantic meal for my husband and I to enjoy after the kids have had a heart shaped pizza for dinner.  Because we're trying to eat healthier this year,  I decided to go vegetarian and see if I could convince my husband that baked eggplant Parmesan is as good as his fried chicken Parmesan. Baked eggplant Parmesan is really easy to make, but there are a few steps ... [read more]

Turkey Sloppy Joes Lettuce Wraps & A Giveaway!

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sloppy joes

This post brought to you by Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine. Turkey sloppy joes lettuce wraps made with Hunt's Manwich sauce are a great way to enjoy your favorite sloppy joes lightened up! It's a new year and like many people, I'm trying to lead a healthier lifestyle.  My husband and I have made some significant changes to our diet since January started and I'm feeling great! One thing we've change about our diet is to limit our intake of bread and pasta.  I won't lie - it's not been easy.  We both particularly miss sandwiches and I misse the ease of  making sandwiches. So when Manwich asked me to try out their sauces, I knew I had to find a lighter, bread free, way to enjoy my beloved sloppy joe!  One thing we've discovered is that many sandwiches can be eaten on lettuce as wraps.  I also decided to lighten up the meat and cook the sloppy joes with ground turkey instead of ground beef. Manwich sent us three Manwich flavors to try -Original, Bold, and Thick & ... [read more]

Slow Cooker Chili Verde in the WonderBag

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and WonderBag, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #WonderBag Use the WonderBag to make slow cooker chili verde!  This no heat slow cooker is perfect for hot summers, pot lucks or every day cooking. I am a huge fan of cooking without heat.  I talk about it pretty much all summer long because when it's over 110 degrees outside, the last thing you want to do is heat up your kitchen and house.   Honestly, I can feel the heat even my electric  slow cooker gives off during the summer it's so hot outside.   I'm really excited about using the WonderBag next summer and keeping my house cooler, but since it's fall, I decided I'd try making our favorite chili in the WonderBag. The WonderBag is a heat retention cooking bag that doesn't require any electricity to cook food and shortens active cooking time, which means more time to spend with your family. Did you ... [read more]