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This house is seriously ready for a party! I mean it’s March right and time to watch The Big Tournament! But wait….let me back up a bit… I used to play basketball – my folks would go to every game. They would also go to all of my brother’s games – he was a Senior in High School and I was a Sophomore – that would mean I would have a game Monday night, brother Don a game on Tuesday, I would play again on Thursday and Don would play on Friday – of course there was practice in-between each of our games. I never realized what a commitment our folks made, until later in life – they were the best!
Anyway, back to the good stuff! Today I have some GREAT party food to share with you! Sticky ooey gooey Baby Back Ribs.
I served these delicious, sticky ribs with some yummy cole slaw and a ridiculously sweet and delicious dessert. And if you know me….you know my hubby really likes his sweets and I have to say….probably the best sweet treat I’ve ever made. OREO Cookie Dough Dip! Does that sound over the top?
Well that’s because it is! So you don’t feel guilty, go to the gym, shoot some hoops – do whatever it takes – because this is a meal you’re going to enjoy. It’s perfect for a party because the dip is simple to make, the ribs can be made the night before and tossed on the grill day of – all of this is easy party food!
So list in hand, I off I went to my local Vons to get the basics which included –
For the ribs –
- I started by removing the silverskin or membrane from the back of the ribs – it won’t allow the meat to tenderize when cooking and as it prevents spices & marinade from penetrating the meat – it needs to go. If you’ve never done it before, just google it – it’s simple enough, just one of those things you need to do.
- Next I separated the ribs into groups of about 5 ribs each (just to make them easy to work with) I salted them liberally with about a tablespoon of salt and put them into a ziplock bag along with one can of Coca-Cola Zero™, I put the bag into a bowl (just in case it springs a leak!) and tucked it into the fridge to marinade overnight.
- The next day I removed them from the marinade (discarding the excess liquid) and baked them until they were tender – you can do this a day ahead!
- When you’re ready to grill, you’ll put together an easy barbecue sauce with Coke Zero, catsup, some jelly, an onion and some spices – all the ingredients are in the recipe.
I had high hopes to show off my hubby’s mad grilling skills, but it’s been rainy here in California (believe it or not!) and so I grilled them using the broiler indoors – baste them well, grill, turn, baste again – so easy and perfect for a party! Grilling them outside or using your broiler inside – either way works.
Dessert…yes we have that covered too with OREO Cookie Dough Dip! Cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt – whirl that up in your blender for a minute or two until it’s super creamy. Then I took some OREO Cookies and crushed them and mixed them in. That’s it! This is a GREAT dip – Serve with more OREO Cookies, pretzels and/or apples – they are super good too! Ridiculously over the top? YES and this will make your company come back for more. In fact I’m pretty sure there won’t be any leftovers when your party is over!
Does that look like the perfect party platter? So tell me, how do you get in the spirit, prepare for and celebrate the tournament? Do you invite friends and family over or do you hunker down in your house and watch all the games with the TV loud and root for your team? I’d love to hear what you do! If you want a chance to win NCAA prizes, visit cokeplaytowin.com/tastethemadness!!!
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Baby Back Ribs
- 1 slab ribs
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 can Coke Zero
- Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 cup grated onion about 1/2 an onion
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 1/2 cup grape jelly
- 1/2 cup Coke Zero
- 1 cup catsup
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha I used two!
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Start by removing the silverskin or membrane from the back of the ribs.
- Next separate the ribs into groups of about 5 ribs each. Salt liberally with about a tablespoon of salt and put them into a Ziplock bag and pour over one can of Coca-Cola Zero™. Place the bag in a bowl (just in case it leaks) and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, remove them from the marinade (discarding the excess liquid). Preheat the oven to 325. Place the ribs in a heat resistant pan, cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hour. This can be done a day ahead of time.
- To make the barbecue sauce, begin by grating 1/2 onion with a box grater. Place in a 2 qt. sauce pan over medium heat with one tablespoon olive oil. Saute for about 4 minutes, add the grated garlic and saute another minute, then add the remaining ingredients, Coke Zero, catsup, jelly, vinegar, sriracha, salt & pepper. Increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil, stirring often, then reduce to medium low and allow the sauce to simmer until it's reduced by half, about 30 minutes
- When it's grill time, baste the ribs liberally & serve excess sauce on the side - eat and enjoy!!!
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OREO Cookie Dough Dip
- 1 8 oz package cream cheese - softened
- 1 stick butter - softened
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
- 8 OREO Double Stuf cookies
- Allow the cream cheese & butter to come to room temperature.
- Combine all of the above ingredients in the blender and mix on high for at least one minute. You want the mixture light and fluffy.
- Take the cookies and place them in a large ziplock bag. Using a rolling pin or mallet crush them into small pieces.
- Pour the crushed cookies into the dough and mix by hand. Transfer to a bowl and serve with OREO cookies, pretzels or apples - fun and delicious!
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