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Easy Barbecue Slow Cooker Ribs

Greg always says he wants to find the perfect chili recipe, the perfect rib recipe (I think he wants to be ready if asked to participate in a cook-off or something). So when I came across this recipe one day on a blog called Mmm…if for Mommy, I knew we had to try it.  I liked it because we had most ingredients in our pantry, and the little oven worked required was actually after the 6 to 8 hours in the slow cooker (perfect if you want to prepare them on a weeknight).
1.5 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste, approx. 1 tsp each
2 lbs pork (baby) back ribs – leave the membrane on the ribs to help hold them together
1 cup barbecue sauce (I used Diana’s rib sauce)
Vegetable oil spray
Mix the first five ingredients in a small bowl and rub all over the ribs.  Then place the ribs standing up along the sides of the slow cooker (see picture), meaty side down and facing outwards.  Pour the barbecue sauce all over the ribs, cook for 6 to 8 hours on low.
Once the slow cooking is done, carefully remove the ribs and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet with a rack place on top and sprayed with vegetable oil, place ribs bone side up, set aside as oven preheats on broil (place oven rack approximately 10 inches from the broiler element).  In the meantime, strain sauce (using a mesh strainer) from slow cooker removing all excess fat, place into a saucepan, and bring to a boil, and then reduce heat by one-third for approximately 15 minutes.  Brush sauce on ribs with and place in oven for approximately for 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove ribs from oven, flip ribs over, brush again with sauce and place back in oven for another 9 minutes (brushing them with sauce a couple of times throughout).  Serve remaining sauce as a side.
These ribs were fall-off-the-bone good, and we would definitely make them again.  I think I would experiment a little with the barbecue sauce we use, I think that is where the goodness lies.~kM


Beast Restaurant

This past weekend, Kelly and I spent a great weekend in Toronto.  A little unfamiliar with its restaurant scene, we turned to our fellow foodies (thank you @foodieprints, @momwhoruns, @AMWATERS, @savvykathryn, @kirstenduke) for their recommendations on “the” spots to go.  Ultimately, we decided upon a place downtown called Beast Restaurantwho on this particular evening was celebrating its one year anniversary (and we enjoyed a few extra treats because of it).
The menu changes weekly and  includes a number of hot and cold small plates, as well as, some larger entrée dishes.  There are a few signature dishes, such as the poutine, that has a permanent home on the menu, but similar to many of our own Ottawa restaurants, the change allows the culinary team (Scott Vivian, Luca Gatti and Rachelle Cadwell) to celebrate local producers.  In addition, Beast had a limited, but impressive domestic wine and beer list, tonight’s pick was Dead Elephant brewed by The Railway City Brewery in St. Thomas, Ontario.  A full flavoured ale, with a little too much bitterness to it for my liking (however I did enjoy the 6.8% alcohol content).

Scott - this is his good side 🙂

On this particular evening it was hard to decide, so we opted and were excited for a selection of hot small plates including the diver scallops, lamb ribs, poutine and sweetbreads.  Unfortunately, we were a little underwhelmed by our choices.  The gnocchi poutine with water buffalo and cheese curds was rich, but a little too heavy, and the lamb ribs just didn’t have enough meat on them.
However despite our disappointment, the service was excellent, the staff friendly and knowledgeable, which made our evening anyways.  Beast is a quaint restaurant with a charming feel and a nice patio out front.  It was too chilly for us to sit outside, but we enjoyed the inside confines and dinner by candlelight. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves, but unfortunately the food just didn’t hit the mark.~gL