Friday, November 27, 2015

Foodie Friday - Red Wine Ribs

Originally this was supposed to be"FIT Foodie Fridays" and I'm dropping the FIT part. I love food. Period. I occasionally try to be healthy. But more often than not I will cook questionably healthy items. Sue me. I'll get it together one day. 

Yesterday being Thanksgiving and all, Hubs and I just stayed home and kept it simple. I work Thanksgiving weekend at one of our biggest shows of the year, so I can never really go anywhere. I leave Wed night to be back Friday and it is just not worth it. I will take the down time when I can. That being said, I was more than ready to have the time I needed to make me some ribs. He doesn't eat pork, so all the more to myself. I usually do Guinness or some other dark beer ribs in the crockpot. This year he wasn't as willing to give up his beer for something he wouldn't be eating. I didn't have any broth to substitute, and I didn't want to use water. So I raided the liquor cabinet. Whiskey was out the question, but what about red wine? People cook with red wine all the time, why not ribs? I dumped in half a bottle, turned the crockpot on and went about my business. It did occur to me to look up if this was a thing and did I just ruin my ribs? Apparently it is and it tastes DELICIOUS. 

I don't have any pictures of my own as I am not particularly great at making food look good. So here's the general idea:

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I did not follow the recipe from anywhere, except what was in my head. I'm sure there are much better ones out there, but this worked for me.

1 - family pack of ribs
1 - medium onion sliced
4 - cloves of garlic thick cut
1/2 bottle of red wine (I used cabernet sauvignon)
whatever seasonings you want (I used Flavor God's Honey BBQ and Pink Peppercorn/Himalayan Salt)

Once the onions and garlic were cut up, I threw them in the crockpot. I tossed in the ribs and covered them in Flavor God (side note, I use these because I'm lazy and they make my life easier, just using one bottle, sometimes two.) Snapped on some gloves and went to work mixing these all up and massaging everything into the ribs. I covered the ribs with the red wine,which ended up being half a bottle for me. You can mix in broth or water if you don't want to use all wine. I figured it would pull in more of the wine flavor if I didn't dilute with anything, so I left it alone. I cooked these on high in the crockpot for about 4 hours. The meat was juicy and falling off the bone. It shredded so easily. I actually like this better than using the beer. Win for me.

Any recipe substitutions you've used in a pinch that worked out for you? Or maybe didn't?
- L

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