Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Strawberry BBQ Sauce Ribs in Pressure Cooker

Using a fruity, strawberry flavored home made BBQ sauce to marinade the country style ribs before cooking in the pressure cooker. Going to use the tray in the pressure cooker to cook the potatoes and onions on top to make a lightly sweet and tasty meal. (really not as sweet as you would think, very tasty!!)

Sauce -
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 small onion
3 - 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar depending on personal choice
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup fruit juice (I used apple/pineapple/cherry in this case but just apple or pineapple are good)
1/2 tablespoon worcester sauce
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped Strawberries (about 1/2 dozen large or 9-12 small medium sized)

throw all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a high boil stirring constantly.. lower temp and let simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat and hit with a stick blender (if you don't have a stick blender a regular blender is fine, but might let it cool a bit first)  return to stove and simmer 15-20 minutes more to let reduce a little bit.  let cool.

Rest of the ingredients - 
1-1/2 to 2 pounds country style ribs
3-4 potatoes
other 1/2 of small onion cut in large chunks
1/2 cup finely chopped veggies (what ever floats your boat, I used a tad of onion, some celery, a small bit of red pepper, small amount of carrot)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (and pepper if desired)

Take about 1 1/2 to 2LBS country style cut ribs rinse and leave moist,  throw in a container, drizzle enough sauce over ribs to coat and close lid on container and shake to coat evenly. let marinade for at least 2 hours.. more is better! (only used about half the sauce, the rest I bottled and saved for something else)

Ribs marinading in homemade fruit BBQ sauce

Peel and rinse Potatoes, chop onions and what ever other veggies you'd like into large chunks and set aside.

I'm also taking about 3/4 cup of fine chopped left over mixed veggies (celery, onion, red pepper and a bit of carrot) and throw into the bottom of the pressure cooker with a tablespoon of oil.. stir while you preheat the pressure cooker.

in the pot after simmering veggie bits

Throw in the ribs and sauce. Add divider and add the potatoes and large chopped veggies. Melt a tablespoon of butter and stir in a tablespoon of light olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (and pepper if desired), brush on potatoes and onions, close lid and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Brush on buter/oil mix

When done, release pressure, remove and eat.. yum!! They really don't end up as sweet as you would think.. VERY tasty and super tender...

ribs.... mmmmmmmm


Monday, April 4, 2016

Super awesome crispy honey teriyaki chicken

Yes, it really is super awesome. I promise.  A simple combination of water, teriyaki and honey with a few other ingredents that result in a lightly sweet and crispy baked chicken.

2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
3/4 Cup water (or 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup pineapple juice if you want added flavor)
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup crushed crackers
Chicken - 1/2 dozen legs or 8-10 wings or 4-5 thighs or any combo of them you prefer. (In this case I'm using thighs tonight.)

Rinse and clean chicken. Take water, honey and teriyaki and mix well.  (Trick I use is start with hot water and measure out the spoon of honey, and drop the spoon in the water upside down so the honey basically melts off.. Add teriyaki and stir.) 

let honey melt in hot water

Take 1/2 the honey mixture and pour in bowl, add egg and beat. Save the other 1/2 of honey mixture.
Take sheet pan and line with foil, spray with a cooking spray so the chicken won't stick as bad.

1/2 beaten with egg, 1/2 saved

Now put flour in another bowl next to honey/egg mixture and foil lined sheet pan.

moisten in honey/egg mixture then lightly flour.

Dip chicken in honey-egg then roll around in flour to coat evenly, then place on foil lined pan skin side up. Discard left over flour and egg mixture. (I actually used left overs and dipped and floured the potato wedges also.. yummy)
Crush up crackers and mix in with bread crumbs. Take other half of honey teriyaki mixture (without egg) and drizzle over the top of chicken.

drizzle over chicken

Sprinkle cracker crumb mixture over the top lightly patting to make sure the honey mixture sticks the crumbs in place.

Bake at 375ยบ for a time according to which ever pieces you are using and your oven..

Legs -     about 45minutes to an hour
Wings -   about 35-45 minute
Thighs -  right around 1hour to an hour and 10 minute (was about 45 minutes with a convection oven)