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No “bones” about it-we‘re always looking for new and interesting rubs and such to BBQ our ribs in.  Also, my husband loves to chose waffles as his “special” breakfast dish.

This week we had quite a “freeze“.  Being new to the desert life I was NOT expecting to deal with such low temperatures, but I guess if I’m 55 and have just found out how it feels to potty a Chihuahua in 35 degrees I can handle it.

Don’t know about little Lucky though.  Need to get this girl a coat!

Back to the ribs and waffles. In Bon Appetit magazine there was a recipe for a rub from a Wyoming restaurant.  We tried it.  Not bad!

It keeps for a month and I’m sure it would also be good on a hearty piece of fish like salmon or even to grill a chicken with-here’s the lowdown:

Jenga Ribs

In a plastic container mix the following:

4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. each chili powder, freshly ground black pepper, ground cumin, onion powder
1 tsp. each dinnamon and coriander

This is enough to coat about 4 lbs of St. Louis-style pork spareribs.

Preheat oven to 300. wrap each rack individually in foil-make sure it’s well-sealed.  Bake 3 hours (CAVEAT:  I went 2 hours and they were still a tad over cooked after the second bake-so I’d go 1-1/2 hours).  Remove and raise oven temp to 425.

Line clean cookie sheets with foil.  Cut ribs into portions of 3 and place on lined sheets.  Bake about 15-20 minutes and golden brown.  Serve with favorite BBQ sauce on the side.

Now for the waffles-as you all know, I love to bake from scratch  But I have to say, after feeding 3 animals, pottying 2-twice, cleaning a litter box and other glamorous jobs-when I hear hubby say, “how about waffles for breakfast?“, I reach for the Krustez.

The good part is that you can customize them in so many ways.  Like bacon?  Pop some in the microwave, crumble and add it to the batter with some vanilla extract or (I have these on hand)add some rum or maple extract.  Love fruit?  Dice some bananas up and serve with a nut butter.  Love berries?  Pour the batter into the waffle iron and drop a few on the top.  

Remember though-berries are water-packed, so don’t add too many or you’ll have a doughy waffle.

Like your additions over the top-literally?  Instead of syrup, honey or jam-saute some granny smith apples with some cinnamon and brown sugar and put those over the waffles.

Like things tropical?  Add some shaved coconut to the batter with some macademia nuts.  Saute up some mangoes, pineapple and bananas and top it with that-invest in some coconut syrup too.

Love chocolate?  Need I ask?  Add 1/4 C of really good cocoa powder to the batter.

Make sure to make some extra ones and pop them in the freezer.  Then when someone wants one during the week-just heat up the oven to 400 and warm it for about 8-10 minutes.

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Marya1961 wrote Jan 20, 2013
    • I really need to invest in a waffle iron, hub asked about making them recently.

      Ribs sound excellent!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 20, 2013
    • love ours.  it’s the 3rd that we’ve owned.  had a Belgian one for the longest time and then it just died.  but I love the round-fits on the plates.

      another idea-have both savory and sweet batters and then host a waffle bar with anything you can think of-even lox and cream cheese w/ a scallion batter.

      The ribs are tasty.  I love dry rubs-less messy to eat and then you can either add the sauce or not.  Just do not over pre-bake.  then they are so tender that they fall apart, which means the bones fall out and aren’t near as much fun to eat!



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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 21, 2013
    • The waffle bar idea is excellent, may be taking hub on a road trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond for that waffle iron..thanks Carine!estatic



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 21, 2013
    • I’ve always wanted one that the grids could come out and be washed.  haven’t found one though.  I’m sure I saw one someplace-the extra expense would be so worth it! that’s the one thing I hate the most is not being able to get in there and wash it out!  I do like the one we have now-has a spill tray that does come off and can be cleaned up.



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