Bourbon & Brown Sugar Ribs

Ribs. Is there anything more appropriate for a Memorial Day BBQ? There are many schools of thought as far as rib preparation goes. Grilling vs baking. Dry Rub vs Sauce. I like to go all out, and do all of those things! A dry rub for a few hours, then baking in the oven til perfectly tender and ALMOST falling apart. Then a quick grill with a delicious basting BBQ sauce.

The sauce itself is magical. The folks at Musselman’s sent me a big jar of their apple butter to try out – and I used it as the base for the sauce. To be honest, I think the apple butter itself brushed on meats on the grill would be wonderful – it’s the perfect texture and consistency. But, I went ahead and added some other delicious things to it – like bourbon and brown sugar – and it knocked it out of the park!

They’ve offered to send one lucky reader a grilling package to kick-start your summer as well – featuring a jar of their delicious apple butter, a sauce mop, and some delicious recipes! Just leave a comment telling me what your plans are for Memorial Day weekend? My mother-in-law is in town visiting, so we plan on spending some quality family time together – and maybe a night out on the town dancing while Grandma babysits! Contest will run today through next Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM EST.

Congrats to Shannon C! Her entry (#13) was the winner. I hope you had a wonderful hike on Memorial Day, and have fun firing up your grill this summer!

Disclaimer: I received a grilling package from Musselman’s for my review. As always, all opinions are my own.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have some of our recipes featured in many wonderful publications and websites! Check them out below.

Also, I’ve listed the companies that we’ve worked with in the past as well – I’m always excited to work with a new product that my family loves!

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Articles We’re Featured In:

Huffington Post – Baby Back Ribs Recipes That Are Worth The Mess
Huffington Post – Beer Bacon Is Sweet And Sugary
Huffington Post – If You Eat Pasta For Breakfast, These Are The Recipes For You
The Kitchn – One Appetizer To Rule Them All: Beer-Candied Bacon –’s Top Recipes of 2013 – Julia Herz Muses on 2013: The Craft Beer Revolution Evolves
BuzzFeed – 20 Recipes That Won Pinterest In 2013
Food52 – Winner Of Your Best Pub Food
Huffington Post – Carbonara Recipes That Should Be In Your Weekly Rotation This Winter
Avalon Winery – Avalon Announces America’s Great Foods Recipe Challenge Winners
Real Simple – 10 Guinness Recipes That Will Make You Want to Eat Your Beer Instead
Buzzfeed – 28 Ways To Fill Your Super Bowl Party With Cheese, Beer, And Bacon
Parade – Football Food: The Web’s 25 Best Cooking with Beer Recipes
Panera Bread – School’s Out—Now What’s for Lunch?
Holland Bulb Farms – 2013 Homegrown Recipe Contest Winners

Companies We’ve Worked With:

Eggland’s Best – Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream
D’Artagnan – Salted Duck Fat Caramels
Naturipe Farms – Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce
OXO – Perfect Stovetop White Rice
OXO – A Well Stocked Pantry
Musselman’s – Citrus Apple Butter Glazed Shrimp
Prairie Oranic Spirits – Blueberry Thyme Gin Smash
Musselman’s – Oatmeal Apple Cheesecake Bars
Lucky Leaf – Frosted Raspberry Pie Bars
Real Seal Dairy – Black Bean & Cheese Nachos
Galbani Cheese – Caprese Pie
Lucky Leaf – Lemon Berry Cheesecake Trifles
Ball Canning Jars – DIY Vanilla Sugar
Musselman’s – Bourbon & Brown Sugar Ribs
Bello Boy – Pink Moscato Sangria
Natalie’s Juice Company – Orange Poppy Seed Cake
Avalon Winery – Cabernet Braised Short Ribs & Grits
Avalon Winery – Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes
Captain Morgan – Blackerry Cream Soda
Karlsson’s Vodka – The Grapefruit Crush

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I remember the first time I saw this dessert, I was confused – and kind of grossed out. Let’s face it, it’s certainly not the most attractive looking dish in the world. Whenever Jon has a work luncheon party at NASA, it’s always on the potluck menu. And, is usually the first thing to go as well! I shied away from it for years before I finally gave into temptation and gave it a try. And then promptly kicked myself for not trying it sooner…

A layer of crunchy salty pretzels, coated in butter then baked. Then layered with a sweet cream cheese layer, and topped with a layer of strawberry Jello that’s been studded with strawberries. So, I tracked down the recipe from Jon’s co-worker to share with you guys. I made a few adjustments – making my own homemade whipped cream instead of using Cool Whip, and also using fresh strawberries as opposed to frozen. I’m trying to use up the last couple quarts of my flat I bought last week, and this was perfect for it.

This is the perfect thing to bring to a potluck BBQ, because it’s different and fun. For anyone who loves a sweet and salty combo, this is a winner! I hope everyone has a great weekend welcoming summer into our lives. Don’t forget to enter our grilling giveaway going on through Monday! Be safe, kids!