Faygo Cola Baby Back Ribs

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New Yorkers may have their cheesecake and Chicagoans may have their deep dish pizza, but here in Detroit we have Faygo. If you aren’t from Michigan you may not have heard of Faygo, but it’s a Detroit brand of pop (or soda) that comes in a ton of fun flavors. From Orange Crush to Rock n Rye to Pineapple, Faygo has pretty much every flavor of pop covered. So it came as no surprise that a Faygo recipe contest was held here in Michigan a few years back. Winning recipes included Rock n Rye Braised Pot Roast and Pineapple Faygo Pound Cake. But the recipe that really stuck out to me was the Grand Prize winning Faygo Cola Ribs. I received the Faygo recipe contest cookbook for Christmas, and have been waiting for barbeque season to give this winning recipe a try. And this past weekend I made the Faygo Cola ribs for my family, and we were blown away by just how good they were. And the recipe is so easy that it made me wonder why I don’t make ribs more often. The ribs were incredibly tender and the meat fell off the bone easily. The Faygo Cola barbeque sauce was slightly spicy, and full of flavor. Definitely the perfect new recipe to try for your Memorial Day Barbeque this weekend. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Serves 6-7 , Recipe adapted slightly from the Faygo Recipe Cookbook

  • 6 pounds of baby back pork ribs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup Faygo cola
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

Preparation:

  1. Place ribs on a large cutting board and use a paring knife to remove the white fatty membrane from the underside of the ribs (the side closest to the bone)
  2. Rub ribs with salt, pepper, and steak seasoning and place in a large roasting pan and cover with tin foil
  3. Place ribs in the oven, and bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours
  4. To make the Faygo barbeque sauce, combine next 8 ingredients in a large bowl (garlic salt through hot sauce)
  5. After ribs have cooked for the first hour and a half, remove from oven and pour Faygo barbeque sauce evenly over the ribs
  6. Cover ribs with tin foil, and return them to the oven for another 1 1/2 hours of cooking time
  7. Remove ribs from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes before serving

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Easy No Bake Granola Bars

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Like a lot of people my age, I grew up on Chewy Granola Bars. I remember having those delicious granola bars for after school snacks and post soccer game treats. My favorite by far was always the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Variety. But although the Chewy bars masquerade as a “healthy snack” the lengthy list of ingredients says otherwise. These classic school time snacks are definitely a healthier alternative than most snack items these days, but they still have quite a bit more sugar and unpronounceable ingredients than I would like to consume regularly. So I was happy to find a healthier alternative that rivals the taste of the childhood favorite. These easy No Bake Granola Bars consist of rolled oats, mashed banana and peanut flour. Peanut flour, often called PB2 , is powdered peanut butter that has far less fat than typical peanut butter. It is available in most grocery stores in the health food aisle, and adds a nice flavor to these bars. The original recipe didn’t contain chocolate chips, but I added a few in because, well… chocolate makes everything better. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Makes 9 bars, Adapted from UndressedSkeleton.Tumblr.com

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 large, very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons powdered peanut butter or PB2
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well incorporated and mixture resembles oatmeal cookie dough. This will take a few minutes, and the mixture starts out very dry, but don’t add any additional liquid
  2. Once mixture resembles dough, add in chocolate chips
  3. Scoop dough by the tablespoon and form into 2 inch bars
  4. Place bars on a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator overnight

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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I may have mentioned this before, but I am a huge sucker for seasonal items. During the fall, if anything is labeled “pumpkin flavored” I will buy it. Even though I know darn well that these “pumpkin” English muffins do NOT taste like pumpkin and are simply filled with orange food coloring …they will undoubtedly make their way into my grocery cart. And Christmas themed food? Forget about it. I won’t even think twice before I’ve purchased the “Gingerbread Pop-Tarts” that I probably won’t even like. But the one seasonal item that I know is worth it every single time is the seasonal Reese’s peanut butter cups. Why, you ask? Because these Christmas tree, Easter egg or Heart shaped Reese’s have twice the amount of peanut butter than their non seasonal cousins. And more peanut butter is always better in my book. So I thought it might be a good idea to create my own homemade peanut butter cups for the days that I’m craving a Peanut Butter Cup that is heavy on the peanut butter. And this recipe definitely delivers. And with 3 ingredients and a prep time of roughly 15 minutes it literally could not be easier. The only problem is that they disappear very quickly. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Makes 10 mini peanut butter cups

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Preparation:

  1. Place chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds
  2. Stir mixture and microwave for an additional 45 seconds or until smooth and creamy
  3. Drop melted chocolate by the teasponful into a mini cupcake pan lined with paper liners
  4. With a pastry brush, brush chocolate up the sides of each cup, and repeat with remaining cups
  5. Place pan in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened
  6. Place a teaspoon of peanut butter in the center of each chocolate cup
  7. Cover with another teaspoon of melted chocolate
  8. Place pan in freezer for 2-3 minutes until chocolate has hardened
  9. Peel paper liners away from chocolate and serve

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