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Tuesdays with Cory - Brown Sugar Dry Seasoning Rub

Hello everyone! I haven't been cooking too much but, I have been eating things I prepared and froze for all the nights I haven't felt like cooking or have been too busy to put something together. Despite that, I got some bone-in country style pork ribs on sale for under $2.00 a pound and wanted to share my latest recipe!

The last time I made ribs, I baked them and they were good but, they got a little dry so this time I decided to make a DRY SEASONING RUB and use my crock-pot! Before I put them in the crock pot though I boiled the ribs to remove any fat. I didn't want a greasy sauce.

You can find all kinds of already mixed dry rubs at the grocery store and, that's fine IF you have one that you like and use often. I have not found one I like so, I got out all my spices and started throwing it together - I did not measure, I eye balled it, tasted and went from there. This is also a good way to maybe use up spices that have been hanging around for a while. Like cumin, which I usually use ONLY in chili. Adding the cumin to the rub gave it an almost smoky flavor.

For the Dry Seasoning Rub:

1/2 cup of BROWN sugar and about a palm full of garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika than a dash or so of cumin, garlic salt, onion salt, and pepper.

Once I got it to the consistency I wanted (and tasted so good), I gave my pork ribs a nice rub down and let them sit overnight in the fridge.

For the sauce, I had a little bottled bbq sauce (KC masterpiece) that I wanted to use but, not enough to coat the ribs so I added a bottle of winter lager to the crockpot and let it cook all day on low about six hours. They were very tender and fell right off the bone!

The dry rub mixed with the beer and the little bit of bbq sauce - delish! If you didn't have any bottled bbq sauce you could probably use ketchup, tomato paste or something of that nature.

I also decided to use up some potatoes and made scalloped potatoes with the skins ON. I had some Mexican blend cheese, sour cream, milk and butter. I washed the potatoes and sliced the potatoes very, very thin and layered it with the milk, butter and sour cream mixture and sprinkled each layer with cheese. I thicken up the sauce by sprinkling each layer of potatoes with a little bit of cornstarch (or flour if you don’t have cornstarch). The final layer is cheese and then covered with foil to cooked at 400 degrees for about 45min. The potatoes should be soft and the cheese melted when done.

I rounded out the meal with corn and frozen bread dough loaves. Very simple and tasty and the bread was perfect to sop of saucy goodness! I'm sure if I had ANY leftovers I could've frozen them for a future meal but, there was NOTHING left! My family loved it!

This would be a GREAT meal to serve for Valentine’s Day! The sauce is a beautiful RED color. Make a heart shaped cake or even the "tunnel of cherries" bunt cake, it's sure to be a hit!

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