Sunday, May 8, 2011

Slow Cooked Barbecued Country Style Ribs

3 - 4 lbs boneless pork ribs
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cloves garlic minced
1 large onion sliced
1/2 cup apple juice
1 bottle (15-18 oz) barbecue sauce

Lightly grease crock pot. Wash boneless ribs, trimming off any excess fat. Pat dry.
Put onion in bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle ribs with salt, pepper, brown sugar and garlic to coat. Add to crock pot. Add apple juice.
Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours. Drain.
Pour barbecue sauce over meat. Cook for one more hour on low. Serve

This also makes great barbecued pork sandwiches. Just break apart the pork with forks so that it has the consistency of pulled pork. Then add the barbecue sauce and cook for the additional hour, as stated above. Serve on buns or hard rolls.

Strawberry Pie

4 cups strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
3 T corn starch
1/2 t salt
whipped cream
prepared pie crust - regular or graham cracker

Crush 1 cup strawberries. Add 3/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Simmer 3 minutes. Strain juice. Add water as needed to make a full cup.
Combine sugar, corn starch and salt. Slowly add juice, stirring until smooth. Bring to boil. Keep stirring until clear and thick. Cool slightly.
Put whole berries into crust. Pour mixture over berries. Chill.
Serve with whipped cream.

Creamy Lemon Pie

6 whole graham crackers (reduced fat if desired)
2 T butter
11 oz sweetened condensed milk (or fat-free if desired)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 T lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 deg.
Grind graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Place crumbs in a small bowl.
Melt butter on stovetop or in microwave and pour over graham cracker crumbs, mixing with a fork until completely moistened. Press crumbs evenly onto bottom of a 9-inch pie pan; place crust in refrigerator while preparing lemon filling.
In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk and eggs, mix until smooth. Add lemon juice and zest; stir until incorporated and pour into pie crust.
Bake pie for 15 minutes. Cool completely, and for best flavor, serve chilled.

4 weight watchers points per serving if reduced fat ingredients are used.