No one ever said life should or would be easy. But sometimes it does seem harder than it should be. Like most of ours weekends, during the spring sports season, we are swamped. This past weekend we had five games (actually a light schedule), regular yard work, plus 3 yards of dirt, and two rose bushes.
That should be enough for one weekend, but we decided to throw in a swarming attack of flying ants Saturday night, a twisted ankle and sunburn (while doing said yard work on Sunday), and the topper, a broken garage door Sunday night.
So this morning I had plenty of phone calls to make. I also needed to make a dish for teachers appreciation luncheon at school, plus we have away games every night this week,
To add a little more craziness, my mother (who lives with us) started six weeks of radiation treatment today, for breast cancer. Even though I sound like I’m complaining, I’m not. Life is good and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Well maybe without the swarm of ants and busted garage door.
I’m glad I had this easy crock pot dish ready to go. Oh well, I hope you enjoy this great pork recipe during your busy week. Try not to sprain your ankle in the process..
I served the country ribs on top of easy cheese grits. Click here for the recipe
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- 4-6 lb Pork Loin Country Style Ribs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp blackened seasoning
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika (Substitute regular paprika if needed)
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 3 tbsp dry onion soup mix (Click here for recipe for homemade dry onion soup mix)
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce (Optional) (Tip: Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce come in a small can. Freeze unused peppers, in the sauce for, later use.)
- Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat.
- Remove ribs from package and pat dry.
- Remove excess fat and season liberally with salt and pepper. Season with blackened seasoning and smoked paprika. Rub spices into ribs.
- Brown ribs in pan on all sides (2-3 minutes per side). (TIP: Brown ribs in batches. Do not overcrowd pan or ribs will not brown, but will steam)
- Add onion to bottom of crock pot. As ribs are browned, layer them in the crock pot.
- Sprinkle first layer with 1 1/2 tbsp onion soup mix. Continue layering browned ribs in two layers. Sprinkle remaining onion soup mix over ribs.
- Add apple juice, broth, chilpotle peppers and Worcestershire to pan. Bring to boil and scrape up brown bits from bottom of pan. Stir to combine.
- Pour sauce over ribs.
- Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Remove chipotle peppers. Serve over cheesy grits with cooking liquids.
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