Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ribs, Slaw & Baked Beans

This past weekend we invited good friends, Marty & Bob to join us to savor Grenville's famous Frog & PenguINN smoked ribs prepared with his special rub mix.

I prepared side dishes of cole slaw and baked beans — easy was the keyword.

Classic Slaw Dressing

I remember when the cole slaw mix bag had a dressing recipe  which called for white vinegar and white sugar. Since there was no dressing recipe on the bag, this one from the Fresh Express website was a delicious change. 
  • 1 package cole slaw mix
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP milk or soy milk
  • 1 tsp ground celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Let sit 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Stir before adding to slaw. Note: use a food or blender for a smoother dressing. 

Baked beans are a great side dish — summertime dining or take-along dish — especially when you make your own. Sure, you can buy canned baked beans and reheat them, but not only is homemade much tastier, but you can "doctor"  or modify it, and there's lots of variations. Some folks use ketchup and/or prepared mustard. So if you like those ingredients, substitute OR try some of your own variations.
(Baked) Campbell’s Pork & Beans
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans Campbell's Baked Beans 
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C barbecue sauce
  • 1 TBSP dried mustard
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 5-6 slices of crispy cooked bacon, crumbled

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients together in large bowl.
  2. Fry bacon until well done. Reserve some of bacon drippings.
  3. SautĂ© onion in drippings until tender, but not browned .
  4. Add crumbled bacon and onion to beans, mix thoroughly
  5. Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until thickened to desired consistency. Cool slightly before serving.


Sandra said...

the perfect Memorial day menu... yummm and drool on the banked beans.

DeniseinVA said...

Now that looks like a great menu. I always enjoy visiting and reading your posts, and the recipes usually come at a time when I am in a lull of what to fix that day. Thank you :)

An English Girl Rambles

Rebecca said...

I love the combination of beans and slaw. Did I lose my invite???

Montanagirl said...

Yummy! I'm going to try your baked bean recipe! We're back from our road trip, so I'm trying to catch up on my blogging.

W. Latane Barton said...

I can tell that the food was yummy. Holidays are nice, aren't they, when we can relax and enjoy?

Eggs In My Pocket said...

You have made me hungry! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

Sounds delish, I love sides I can make ahead of time, so the day is more relaxing!

That's the recipe I use for coleslaw dressing!! Aren't those bags of pre shredded cabbage wonderful?? My mom still does it by hand, she says it tastes better but I don't agree!!

Linda said...

This post has my mouth watering. Everything looks so perfectly delicious.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and taking the time to leave a comment.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Yum! This looks like the perfect summertime dinner!

DeniseinVA said...

Hello, back again to thank you for identifying my mystery plant :)

An English Girl Rambles

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your menu sounds yummy! I make a similar coleslaw dressing except I don't add vinegar. It's a creamy dressing like my mother used to make.

Daisy said...

Yum! Meals always look so good at your house!

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