Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Aimee's Rib Rub

Rib Rub

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1 Tablespoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon Chili powder
1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
1 Tablespoon Onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
*you may not need all of this rub for one rack. I cooked two racks and had rub left over. You will need leftover rub if you plan to use the BBQ sauce for basting. I still have some left. I stored it in a mason jar in a cool dry place for next time.

Place all ingredients into a bowl or pint mason jar and mix well. Rub onto your pork or beef ribs, both sides. Take care to remove the membrane from the rib rack on the back first. Grill ribs on a hot gas or charcoal grill about 7 minutes each side. Remove to a pan and wrap in foil. Cook in oven at 225 to 250 degrees about 3 to 4 hours till meat is tender.

BBQ Sauce for basting
1 cup Cattelman's bbq sauce, or your favorite
2 Tablespoons rub mix
1 to 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

Mix well and baste before wrapping your ribs in foil and again when they are done.

This rub could also be used on a pork or beef roast.

Monday, August 2, 2010

*Jalapeno Popper Dip, yes, thats right, Jalapeno Popper DIP!

Almost everyone I know loves jalapeno poppers, fresh jalapeno peppers seeded and cored filled with a mixture of cream cheese and sharp cheese, wraped in a slice of bacon and grilled or broiled to perfectness, yes those! This dip taste JUST like the stuffed pepper. You will have an "oh my goodness, oh - my - good-ness!" moment when you taste it. It is THAT good.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

What you need:
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup finely diced onion
2 fresh jalapenos, cored and seeded, finley chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
5 strips bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 (8oz) package of cream cheese, room temp.
1/2 cup mayo
2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, finley chopped

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheese mixture (sharp/Italian blend)
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Heat your oven to 350 degrees and greese a small casserole pan.

1. Set your cream cheese out and allow to come to room temp. At least 2 hours.
2. Start cooking your bacon.
3. While your bacon is cooking, chop your onion, fresh jalapeno peppers, garlic, and pickled jalapenos.
4. Remove crispy bacon from pan to a plate for later. Drain bacon greese from skillet and add 1 tablespoon butter. Allow butter to melt.
5. When butter is melted, add onion, fresh jalapenos, garlic, and cumin. (do not add pickled jalapenos) Cook mixture till the onions begin to soften.
6. While your onion mixture is cooking, in a medium bowl, mix 8 oz. package of cream cheese with 1/2 cup mayo, stir till well combined. Add the sharp and Italian cheese and the chopped pickled jalapenos and mix well.
7. Add the sauteed onion mixture and the crumbled bacon into your cream cheese mix and blend well.
8. Spread the mixture into your prepared small casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese, bread crumbs, and paprika.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, till golden on top.
10. Serve with corn chips.