Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sweet and Tangy Ribs #CrockPot Challenge Day 4

And we're coming down the home stretch of the five day challenge!!!.......

I'm super excited about todays' post!  One of the components of this challenge was to take one of Tammi's existing Crock Pot dishes and "make it our own" by putting a different spin on it.  Sarah, Laura, and I ended up doing the same dish-- Tammi's Sweet and Tangy Ribs.  It's been really interesting to see each person's spin on it. 

I tried to stay pretty true to Tammi's recipe, however I wanted to remove the ketchup and kick up the tang a bit.  You can find the original recipe here if you'd like to compare:  Tammi's Sweet and Tangy Ribs.

And now-- for my spin on them:

  • 2 - 3 pounds of boneless beef short ribs
  • 1- 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • scant 1/4 cup yellow mustard (or dijon, if preferred)
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice concentrate
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil for frying


In a large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil on medium heat.  When the oil is hot, carefully add the boneless beef ribs to the frying pan.  Sear the meat on each side until they're brown, but do not overcook.  (depending on your pan size, you may need to do this in a batch or two)  When the meat is brown, place is a crock pot that's been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine all the other ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Lightly mix until combined and pour the mixture over the seared meat.  Lightly stir so that all the meat is coated.  Turn the crock pot on Low and cook for approximately 8 hours or until the meat is fork tender.

NEW!!! Part of this challenge was that one of us could win a crock pot. All of us participating have graciously declined the chance to win and are making it all about you!!! One of you lucky readers can win a free CrockPot! Yes, you can win a free crockpot!! What do you have to do you ask? Come find out on Friday-- our last day of the #CrockPot Challenge. (open to US residents only)

Just like earlier this week, make sure you stop by the others that are contributing to the Crock Pot Challenge. A special shout out to our lovely host, Tammi, at Momma's Meals-- thanks again for putting this all together!

On Day Four of the Crock Pot Challenge, stop by and see what's cooking!
Tammi at Momma's Meals has Creamy Chicken and Spinach
Sarah at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is fixin' up a finger lickin' good Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Laura at Small Wallet Big Appetite features Crockpot Chinese Drumsticks

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  1. Oh I seriously want to just reach in the screen and eat that plate, it looks so juicy. Like each bite would fall apart in my mouth. Okay now I need to go make myself some lunch because I am hungry.

  2. Melanie what kind of ribs did you use? They look like short ribs to me. I'm going to have to agree with Laura here and say that you are making me hungry. Damn you woman. It's only 8:30 in the morning you are making me want ribs.

  3. Loooooooks AWESOME!! Now I want me some ribs ladies!! Thanks for sharing your "Kick" Love it. So sad to be seeing this challenge come to an end, I've really enjoyed these recipes!