Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Coca-Cola Glazed Baby Back Ribs (But I made Pork Roast)

(Originally published in November 2008)
I made this dish tonight and took the time to take pictures as I went. Since I added the sidebar tracker, this post has received the most Google hits of any of my blog posts.
Like it says below, I buy a 3 pack of pork roasts. Later this week I will be posting the other ways I like to use the meat from this recipe. Make sure to reserve all liquid along with excess pork roasts... but for now here is how to make this...in pictures!

I served the first roast sliced with some of the juice poured over the top of it, and a side of corn on the cob!!

(Original Post from November 11, 2008, recipe below)
Ok here is my favorite new recipe. (sorry no pics this time, I'll add one next time I make this)
This is delish.
Before I start listing the ingredients, it looks like ALOT. But more than half of them are spices. I buy mostly all of my spices from Winco in the bulk section. I have been very successful in doing this. Alot of this you will probably have onhand anyway!

Coca-Cola Glazed Baby Back Ribs (I made Pork Roast)

Classic BBQ Rub:
2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika (I think mine is just regular)
2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
3 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper (How do you accurately measure that without getting all technical?)
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Celery Salt (I couldn't find Celery Salt so I used Celery Seed)
1 Tsp Oregano, Crushed

1 Cup Coca-Cola Classic
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 Cups Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
2 Jalapeno peppers, chopped (you can substitute hotter or milder peppers here...I just added 2 extra jalapenos cuz I'm kinda crazy like that) *Note* the thing of Jalapenos is that it's a gamble every time. Sometimes they will burn your mouth right off, and other times they are as mild as can be. The last time I made this roast with 4 jalapenos, it had Ryan running for the bread.

3 Pounds Baby Back Pork Ribs (About 2 Racks)
I used a pack of 3 pork roasts from Winco. (ya, this is that yummy)

1. The day before, (I forgot this step both times I made this recipe, it wasn't the end of the world) mix rub ingredients together and completely coat ribs (or roast). Wrap loosely with foil and refrigerate overnight. (if you forget to do this step the day before like me, don't worry, just put the rub on and go to the next step)

2. The next afternoon, bring the cola, vinegar, brown sugar and chiles to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat; reduce the heat to med-low and simmer until syrupy, about 10 min or longer. (this will be syrupy, but not thick at all) decrease the heat to low and keep the sauce warms while the ribs cook)

Skip to the bottom if making a roast!
3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the ribs on a broiler pan and bake for 45 min, glazing the ribs occasionally with the cola mixture. Turn the ribs over and continue to cook for an additional 45 min or longer, glazing occasionally until the ribs are tender and the meat is starting to pull away from the bone.

4. Set the oven to broil. Liberally spoon half of the remaining glaze over the ribs and broil until glazed a deep mahogany brown, 5-7 min. Turn over; repeat with the remaining glaze, an additional 5-7 min. Serve immediately with lots of napkins.

5. You can also do step #4 on the grill.

If making a roast:
This is just what I did. I put some olive oil in the bottom of my dutch oven and seared the outside of the roast. (any variation of pan/pot would work for this) Then I took the syrup mixture and poured it in the dutch oven around the roast, and cooked in the oven at 300 degrees until roast got to 160 degrees. I don't see why you couldn't do this in a crockpot either.

This is one of the easiest recipes I've made in a long time. The ribs look a little more time intensive. But this roast is so yummy.
It's a must have to add to your menu plan.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Monday morning started out with "potty training bootcamp". This is something that Wyatt and I have been talking about for the last week and a half or so. So, every 20 minutes the timer would be reset and we took about a million trips to the bathroom. He did pretty darn good for the first day, and didn't have an accident until the end of the day when they all kinda snowballed.
Tuesday, we started all over again and, to say the least, it was not going well.
After his nap, he was on the couch halfway watching a movie and mostly horsing around on the couch. Since we were potty training, I was letting him just wear undies & a t-shirt and watch movies. There are only so many kiddie movies a person can watch, so I was doing other things in the room...and BAM. I heard a very loud SPLAT, spun around, Wyatt was flat on his tummy. From what I can gather he was most likely jumping off of the arm rest onto the couch and went the other way. Well, he started crying very hard, and that was a sign that he was actually hurt. He has a very high tolerance to pain and very rarely cries when I think he probably should. And, it wasn't just the initial scared cry. He cried off and on for the next hour, which was throwing up the red flags all over the place. So, I called his dr. office to see if they had capabilities to do an x-ray, they didn't. We would have been sent to the hospital for x-ray's, and since it was getting late, they suggested that I take him to Urgent Care. So, after calling to find out what our insurance covers and to make sure that they were in-network, we were on our way.
Ryan was making his way there from DT, but since he takes the Max, it's a slow go. My parents met me there, and thankfully they weren't very busy at the Urgent Care. Ryan made it before we saw the doctor.
Wyatt let the doctor (actually a P.A.) poke and prod him without wincing, leading the dr. to believe that he didn't have any broken bones. The doc did not, however, lift his arm or go to pick him up under his armpit. And I kept telling him that that was when he was in pain. I could tell that he didn't really want to do x-rays but he said he would if we wanted him to. We decided that since we were already there, and paid our co-pay, we might as well have the x-rays done.
The x-rays revealed a broken clavical bone. They call it a greenstick break, which means that it did not need to be set, thank God. We were sent home with a belt contraption that is designed to keep his shoulders back.
My poor baby has just not been himself. And he's been getting progressively worse as the days go on. Today, he refused to get out of bed by himself. He just laid there and waited for me to help him sit up and get out of his bed. He pretty much lounged on the couch all day, and if he would slide down off the pillow on the couch he'd call me over to lift him back up. After his nap, he called for me to come into his bedroom. There he was, laying flat on his back, waiting for me to come help him up.
Anyone that knows Wyatt, knows that this is not even close to normal...not even a speck.
Also, today, he's been practically dragging his arm around and it's drooping like he had a stroke. We're praying that he's feeling like his old spunky self soon.

There was a silver lining to our day. My good friend Jackie brought Luke (and Nat) over, bearing lots of fun activities and snacks that can all be done (and eaten) from the couch. Wyatt perked up for that, and played with Luke and his new toys. It was such a nice thing for my lethargic boy, what a blessing. I wish I would have taken a picture of how pathetic he looked this morning so I could have had a before and after. But he was so excited to see them that I had to take a couple of pictures.

In the pictures, I can still see how stiff he is and the droopiness in his arm...can you?

Thanks to everyone that has been praying for him and please continue to pray for a speedy recovery.

Needless to say, potty training has been indefinitely placed on hold....really not looking forward to starting that up again!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Day The Angels Were Singing....

Some of you know that we've had VBS all week. I've been doing the pictures and Wyatt has had his first real class (not just in the nursery). He's in a little 3's & 4's class with his cousin Carson. So Carson & Wyatt have been doing the rotation to some of the activities but they are modified for their age.
Anyway, yesterday, we had alot of driving because we went home to relax for a couple hours. Then, we came back into town for Ryan's double header softball game. I left early enough to run a couple of errands that needed to be done, and to say the least, I was not having a very good trip. I got cut off by a senior citizen, and then pulled over by a police officer for unlawful use of a horn. (apparently that's a moving violation) (But I didn't get a ticket, just a warning) (phew)! Immediately after that, I went to Costco and was patiently waiting for a spot with my blinker on. This older Mercades was circling like a shark, and long story short, ended up stealing my spot. (Isn't stuff like that so maddening?) Oh man, my blood was boiling, but after just being pulled over, I kept myself much more in check than I would normally have. But I did have a few things to say to her, including, "that's a good way to get your car keyed"!!! I didn't stick around, just returned something and picked up my pictures. (5 min maybe) Apparently, my little comment sunk in because by the time I left, her car was gone. (The human nature in me ((evil)) just had to laugh at that) (Right or wrong, it's the truth).

So, the point and wonderful part of this story is that Wyatt was singing a song that they sing in VBS. "Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace, I'm gonna see my Savior's face, cuz heaven is a wonderful place....I wanna go there"
All of a sudden, he stopped and said, "I wanna go to heaven". So I told him that he could go to heaven if he asked Jesus to live in his heart and forgive his sins. I just let him mull that over for awhile and he went back to singing. And then he said it again. And I told him again what he needed to do....and I asked if he wanted to do that. He said yes! So, right there in the middle of the Target parking lot, I crouched down and prayed the prayer with him. It was so sweet!! And then I told him that the angels were singing and celebrating up in heaven because of what he'd just done. I was his age when I was saved, and I think it's one of my first memories. We've talked about it in the past, but this was the first time he said he was ready.
We are some pretty proud parents!
And needless to say, it turned my day around in a snap.