Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What Katie Ate: Barbecued Ginger Ale Pork Ribs

I told you today was going to be chicken.  It's not going to be chicken.  Mostly because we tried these ribs last night, and they were. . .majestic.  There's no other way to describe them.  Which is actually kind of funny, because I bought the wrong type of meat, and it could have gone sideways quickly.

But it did not!  And as such, I need to share them immediately.

This week's book, What Katie Ate, is so pretty, you wouldn't even need to use it for cooking.  You could just leave it on your coffee table for people to look at.  The author of this book also has a blog of the same name, and she's out of Australia.  Her photography is ridiculous.  In a good way.

So here's the thing.  I bought Southern-style pork ribs instead of baby back pork ribs which apparently is NOT the same thing.  I also used diet ginger ale because, Type 1 diabetic, but then realized it wouldn't thicken properly without the sugar from the ginger ale, so I added some sugar.  Much less than would have been in the ginger ale, I'd imagine.

Anyway, I'm going to give you the recipe the way I did it.  It was amazing.  It's been designated the newest "best dinner I've ever made" by Dennis.  It really was that good.

Barbecued Ginger Ale Pork Ribs

Serves about 4


These are the sauce ingredients.  I realized later that I took an Instagram picture (this one) but not an actual ingredient picture.  My bad.

1 package Southern-style Pork Ribs (Mine had 6 ribs in it)
3 cups ginger ale (if you use regular instead of diet, don't add extra sugar)
2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes (use less if you don't like things spicy.)
Salt and pepper
3 Tbsp. table sugar (if not using regular ginger ale)
Sesame seeds for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Fill a large pot with water.  Bring to a boil, and add ribs.  Boil ribs for 10-12 minutes.

Remove ribs from water, place in pan, and add salt and pepper as wanted.

Mix together remaining ingredients.

This is going to look watery and weird.  That's OK.

Pour sauce over ribs and place in oven for approximately an hour.  Use a meat thermometer to make sure the center of your ribs has reached 160°F.  If it takes more or less time, that's OK.

Remove the cooked ribs from the pan and place on a plate.  Cover the plate with tin foil to keep ribs warm.

Pour the sauce into a saucepan and boil until it reached the desired consistency.  Pour sauce over ribs and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

I also made a nice, simple salad to go along with these.  I tore off two bowls of lettuce and tossed them in a bowl with the juice of half a lemon, a drizzle of olive oil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  The dressing on this complemented the spicy part of the sauce very nicely.

(Also, remember the $200 Amazon gift card giveaway is going on this week.  Enter here!)

Monday, August 19, 2013

New cookbook (FINALLY!) and a Giveaway

You guys?  You're the best.  The people who are actually "members" of my site through Google, the people who follow by a reader, the people who only read when I tell them to. . .all of you guys who read Sarah Cooks the Books are awesome.  Thanks for hanging in there.

I have good news, and I have better news.  The good news is, and you've probably already noticed it if you keep up with the "This Week's Cookbook" on the sidebar over there ----->, We'll be working with a new cookbook this week!  It's a beautiful book called What Katie Ate.  (I do have a sister named Katie, but this is not her cookbook.  She's also in college so what my Katie ate was probably Ramen noodles and some pizza.)

The better news is that I, along with several other bloggers, both here and abroad, are hosting a giveaway for a $200 Amazon gift card!  There are several ways you can get entries, so see the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

Tomorrow:  Chicken!  With lemon!  (Yes, even though lemon has tried to ruin my life several times before, I keep giving it a chance.)

Get your entries in!  The giveaway will close at the end of the week.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Food Trucks

Sorry for the recent abandonment, you guys.  It got to the point where I was thinking, "Holy crap.  If I don't post soon everyone's going TO HATE ME."  (Or something less dramatic.)  And then it became a thing, and then the more I thought about it, the more it freaked me out, and. . .you can see where this would all go downhill very quickly, yes?

Anyway, I will be back soon with actual food recipes.  For now, though, I'll tell you about the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo we went to yesterday.

I've heard that there were both "more than 50" and "more then 70" trucks there.  I didn't count them, so I don't know, but there were SO many trucks and SO many people.  Some of the lines were a little ridiculous (Like the ones for Chirba Chirba Dumpling and American Meltdown.)  There were cupcakes and beer and almost every imaginable food that can be served out of a truck.

The cupcake place I linked to above, LeAne's Sweet Traditions, is one that I've eaten from before.  Dennis asked me what kind of cupcake he should get, and I told him the banana pudding cupcake, because it's amazing.

Seems he didn't believe me, and asked the guy in the truck what his favorite was.  He said banana pudding.  Still not satisfied, he asked the lady in the truck (presumably LeAne of the truck's name fame), and she, too, said banana pudding.

I think we all know what the lesson here is.

We also had beers from Gizmo BrewWorks, a brewing company that bought out a brewery we used to go to occasionally.  Apparently, when the original owners wanted to get out of the brewing business, some of the brewery's regulars didn't want to lose their hangout spot. . .so they bought it.  They were serving a honey lager that has possibly changed the way I think about honey lagers.  Amazing.

via Untappd

Miranda and Andrea were willing to brave the Chirba Chirba Dumpling line (Seriously.  There were never fewer than, like, a hundred people in the line), but Dennis went for a giant chicken burrito, and I went for this truck I'd never heard of before, Liv a Little which, as it turns out, is an offshoot of Alivia's Durham Bistro.

I had a 1/4 pound hot dog, and. . .I have to go back to the picture to get the name of the other thing I had.  It was ridiculous.  It was amazing.  It was. . .

. . .the Beer Battered Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeno Popper.  


I had never in my life eaten pimento cheese before, because it looked gross, but if it's as good cold as it is hot, I may have to bust out some pimento cheese sandwiches one of these days.  This thing was amazing. Seriously amazing.

Andrea eats dumplings she waited in line for an hour for.  She has more patience than I do.

This is Miranda telling Andrea the hour-wait dumplings weren't her favorite thing.  I'm happy to report she did not get punched.

I told Dennis to image he was being chased by angry bees.  Or that he'd cut in the dumpling line in front of everyone.

It was a super-hot day, and the crowd was huge, but it was actually a really good time.  The only thing that was missing, incidentally, was the Korean barbecue truck Dennis had been hoping to track down, but maybe it'll be there for the rodeo in October.  We'll be there for that.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Hey everyone.  I haven't forgotten about you.

I have one more juice recipe (probably for tomorrow) and I'm working through a recipe revamp right now, so I'll be back ASAP!

Thanks for hanging in there.