06 January 2014

Recipe Swap: Meet Tara

Meet Tara...

Oh my heavens this girl CAN COOK! Tara and I became friends while hosting a baby shower for our friend Jessica.  Tara brought these amazing fudgy cookie bars that she baked from scratch!

It is there that we formed this cooking bond together! LOL  She and her husband are both in the financial world like my hubby John.  They are also leaders at our church and really cool people.

Tara told me that she has even won cooking/baking contests at her job's holiday party!  I'm not surprised.

Today she is sharing her award winning ribs and bean recipe!!!  And since the men in my family love ribs and beans we will be using this recipe very soon!  Tara's recipe is a family original and people in the south have raved about it!

Baby Back BBQ Ribs and Beans


Buy baby back ribs (as opposed to spare ribs) – one slab will feed about 3 people
Put rub on ribs (I use Adam's Rib Rub – a store brand will do)
Place in baking dish and add liquid such as apple juice or orange juice (something to keep them moist and sweet), pour so you don’t wash off rub
Bake for 3.5 hours at 225 degrees
Fire up outside grill to about 350
Take ribs out of oven and cover with BBQ sauce (I use sweet baby rays)
Place with meet side up and close cover.  Cook for about 20 – 30 minutes.  Watch so the fire doesn't flare up.


This will make enough for about 4-5 people, double if you need more
1 large can of Bush’s Baked Beans (regular style – 28 oz).
½ Vidalia (or sweet) onion, diced
½ cup molasses
½ cup brown sugar
½ lbs bacon cut into 1 inch lengths
Optional – 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning such as Tony Chachere's
Cook in slow cooker at high for 4 – 5 hours. 
If it starts to boil too much, reduce heat.
Stir occasionally
Take lid off for about 2 hours to thicken

Thank you Tara!!!


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