Secret Sauce Smoker Ribs

Smoked Half Rack of Ribs

Smoked Half Rack of Ribs

My husband loves to grill and just recently got a new smoker/grill for his birthday! He has been cooking up a storm on it so far. One of his favorite things to cook on the grill are ribs. Tonight was one of those occasions and they were delicious. He concocted his own secret dry rub for the ribs and let them marinade overnight. He smoked them for 2 hours and the meat was practically falling off the bone. So good!

With that said this ‘new’ family secret recipe (I am picturing Duke from Busch’s Baked Beans saying it, haha) will have to remain a secret, but I can share the rest of our dinner with you to give you an idea for dinner one night!

Smoked Ribs, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Smoked Ribs, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Mashed Potatoes

  • 6 Yukon Gold Potatoes (or regular baking potatoes, medium)
  • Pinch of S&P
  • 2 tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • Dash of Garlic Powder
  • Dash of Onion Powder

Peel, rinse and dice your potatoes. Add to a large pot and cover with water (salt water about 5 minutes into boiling). Boil for 10 – 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the water and mash the potatoes until creamy. Add two tablespoons of sour cream and butter. Add pinch of salt and pepper. To taste, add garlic powder and onion powder. If you like your mashed potatoes extra creamy you can add about two tablespoons of milk and extra sour cream.

(Extra: You can add even more flavor to your mashed potatoes by throwing in some cheese and bacon pieces or if you like it spicy add a few dashes of jalapeño mix.)

Fresh Slow Cooked Green Beans

  • Fresh Green Beans (1/2 pound for 2 ppl)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup of Chicken Stock (or beef stock)
  • S&P

Rinse the green beans and snip the ends off. In a medium sauce pan add your chicken stock and garlic to the sauce pan over medium heat. Add your beans once prepped. Let the broth come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for about 20 – 25 minutes or until the beans are tender. If you like your beans with a crunch, the remove from heat sooner.

(Extra: If you like your green beans with more flavor than just some garlic and S&P, consider adding one of your favorite spice packets or create your own concoction.)

These two sides are always great to have on hand when you find yourself in a cooking rut. They go with just about any meat dish you could create. Once my husband decides to share his ‘secret sauce’ I will be sure to post for you. They were yummy!!

We weren’t the only ones who thought they were good…

Doggie Bag Not Needed

Doggie Bag Not Needed

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