Dad’s Smoked Ribs

Dad's Smoked Ribs

Ok now these aren’t actually my Dad’s Smoked Ribs. My Dad makes great ribs, he always has, I’ve written about them here. What I wanted to do though was tweak my Dad’s recipe a bit and try to get his ribs a little more smokier. So for the past few months I’ve been testing out this method and it works great. Ask my family, they’ll tell you how much they love these ribs. I make two racks and they all get eaten that night pretty much.

Dad's Smoked Ribs

Now I know this method is sorta cheating if you ask someone who’s really into smoking meats. They would never dare boil or put the ribs in the oven – right – but not everyone has a smoker and this is the next best method, in my opinion, if all you have is a Weber and an oven. You can get some great fall off the bone ribs that have a wonderful smokey taste to them if you follow this recipe. So this recipe is really a combination of my Dad’s ribs and my coworker’s Dad’s ribs where his dad finishes his ribs off in the Weber to get the smokey flavor. This step where you finish them off in the Weber basically replaces the last two steps of my Dad’s recipe where you return the ribs to the oven uncovered for 30 minute, then throw them on the grill. I’ll explain it all in the details below.

Just know this: If all you have is an oven and a Weber this is the easiest way to make fall off the bone great tasting smokey ribs.

Dry Rub
Dry Rub

Butter knife to remove membrane
Butter knife to remove membrane

Get your hand under there and start pulling
Get your hand under there and start pulling

Pull the whole membrane off
Pull the whole membrane off

Dry rub and put in the oven for 2.5 hours
Dry rub, fill dish with some water and put in the oven covered with aluminum foil for 2.5 hours

30 minutes before they come out of the oven get the chimney going
30 minutes before they come out of the oven get the chimney going

These are the coals I use
These are the coals I use

Soak the chips also for at least 30 min
Soak the chips also for at least 30 min

After 2.5 hours pull the ribs out of the oven and brush with BBQ sauce
After 2.5 hours pull the ribs out of the oven and brush with BBQ sauce

Pour the coals to one side of the Weber and place the wood chips on top of the coal
Pour the coals to one side of the Weber and place the wood chips on top of the coal

Dad's Smoked Ribs
Load the brushed ribs in the Weber on the opposite side of the coals. It’s ok to stack them a bit.

Leave them to smoke for 1 hour
Leave them to smoke for 1 hour

After 1 hour pull them off the Weber
After 1 hour pull them off the Weber

Then slice em and eat em all up!
Then slice em and eat em all up!

Dad's Smoked Ribs
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Ingredients
  1. Rub
  2. 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  3. 2 tablespoons paprika
  4. 4 teaspoons granulated garlic
  5. 4 teaspoons chili powder
  6. 2 teaspoons black pepper
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. Sauce
  9. BBQ Sauce of your choice (I like this KC Masterpiece)
  10. Meat
  11. 2 Racks of Pork Ribs (Baby or Spare, I prefer Baby Back for this because they fit easier in my Weber)
  12. Tools
  13. Weber
  14. 2 Pyrex Dishes
  15. Basting Brush
  16. Hickory Wood Chips
  17. Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal
  18. Chimney Starter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Remove the back membrane of the ribs with a butter knife. You MUST do this step or else the ribs will all stick together and not fall off the bone. You’ll most likely need to cut down the rack of ribs into smaller sections to fit in the glass dish.
  3. Apply the dry rub to both sides of the ribs. Place ribs in the glass dish and line the bottom with around a half inch of water. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 2.5 hours.
  4. 30 minutes before you take the ribs out of the oven start the chimney with the lump charcoal. Once you get the chimney going soak a couple handfuls the wood chips in water.
  5. Right before you take the ribs out of the oven, load the charcoal to one side of the Weber. Then place the wood chips on top of the charcoal.
  6. When the ribs come out of oven cover with sauce and put in the Weber on the opposite side of the coals for 1 hour. Put the lid on with the bottom and top vent open all the way. Don’t open at all for 1 hour.
  7. After the 1 hour, take the ribs out and brush again with a light coat of BBQ sauce while they’re still hot.
  8. Then… Enjoy!
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5 Ways to Eat More Greens

5 Ways to Eat More Greens

Everyone knows that we should be eating more leafy greens, but sometimes it just seems so hard to fit them in our day. That’s why I’ve assembled this list of 5 ways to eat more greens so that we can all make some sort of attempt to get something green in our diet on a daily basis.

1. Shakes

This one’s pretty easy and it’s nice because when you make a shake with some berries, protein and fat – you can always throw in some frozen or fresh leafy greens.There’s really no thought to this one, throw as much in the blender as you like and you won’t even notice it in your shake. I normally prefer kale or spinach but when I had swiss chard in my garden, that was a nice addition too to a shake mixed with some Primal Fuel.

2. Big salads with primal dressing

This is my preferred way to get a bunch of greens. Every day for lunch I just throw a whole bunch of greens in a bowl and toss with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. When I get tired of that dressing I normally make my own Caesar with avocado oil and anchovies or I really like Primal Kitchen’s dressings or Tessemaes. All you have to go is find a dressing you love without industrial seed oils and you’ll have no problem eating a whole bowl of greens with seeds, cheese and meat.

3. Frozen bags of greens

This one is quick and dirty. Just cook some frozen greens with some butter/olive oil and garlic in a large pot or skillet and make it a quick side for your dinner (or breakfast). You can throw in a ham hock or something like that and make some traditional southern collard greens. If you’re looking for another side for your dinner, this is always a great choice.

4. Kale chips

Its so easy to eat a whole bag of potato chips but we should try to replace that habit of eating a whole bag of kale chips. The problem with that is a bag of potato chips is less than a dollar and those really good kale chips are like $5 for a small bag. So you should make your own. It’s a great way to eat a whole bunch of kale and they taste great. I normally follow a recipe similar to this but throw some dill, onion powder and garlic powder on them to give it a little “ranch” feel.

5. Omelets

Now I’m still perfecting my omelet technique but really all you have to do is cook a bunch of leafy greens on the side with some butter or lard and then toss them inside an omelet with a bunch of cheese or something. Whenever my wife and I are on vacation I love it when the places we stay have those build your own omelet bars because I ask if they can cook my omelet in butter, then I hand them the little cubes of butter normally by the rolls – then I just have them throw everything else in there making it a leafy veggie stuffed omelet.


There ya go, some very quick idea starters on how you can incorporate some more leafy greens into your day!

Baked Bacon

I hate cooking bacon in a skillet. It gets bacon grease everywhere and your stove is left a mess. We cook bacon so much in our house that we had to find a different way to cook it, otherwise our stovetop would be a permanent greaseball.

Mmm

After googling other ways to make bacon, the one trend I saw the most was to bake it. Now there’s a bunch of different ways to do this and a million posts on google about how to bake bacon, but I wanted to share my way of how we’ve been doing it for literally the past few years.

Ready to eat

This is the greatest way to cook bacon because you can literally set it and forget it (until the timer goes off). You don’t have to flip it or anything. Sure your oven will get really dirty overtime, but who cares at least it’s not the stovetop!

Load up the bacon on a foil lined baking sheet
Load up the bacon on a foil lined baking sheet

Pull it out after 18 min or so
Pull it out after 18 min or so

Place the bacon on some paper towels to dry, crisp up and drain
Place the bacon on some paper towels to dry, crisp up and drain

Baked Bacon
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Ingredients
  1. 10–12 slices of bacon
Instructions
  1. DO NOT PREHEAT YOUR OVEN. I’m not sure why this works so well but this is the way we do it and this works the best: don’t preheat your oven. You will turn it on when you put the bacon in the oven.
  2. But first line a baking sheet with a big piece of foil so you can keep or dispose of the bacon fat once you’re done very easily. Once the baking sheet is lined, load it up with bacon. We pretty much fit as much as we can on there but 10–12 pieces is a good number to go by.
  3. Then put it in the oven and turn the oven to 400°. Then set a timer for 15 min. After 15 min look at the bacon and see if you need to keep it in there longer. This time will totally depend on your oven because all ovens are different. My oven normally takes about 18–20 minutes. But I suggest checking first at 15 minutes if you’ve never done this before. Then just keep checking on it every 2 min until it’s golden brown or your desired doneness.
  4. Once it’s done to your liking, pull it out of the oven and use some tongs to put the bacon on a couple pieces of paper towels to dry, crisp up and drain.. Give it a couple minutes, then dig in!
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Roasted Miso Mushroom & Sweet Potato

Roasted Miso Mushroom & Sweet Potato

Still looking for a last minute side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than this sweet and savory Roasted Miso Mushroom & Sweet Potato recipe.

Roasted Miso Mushroom & Sweet Potato

Awhile back my wife and I discovered a restaurant around us called Urban Plates. They have fresh sautéed and roasted side dishes, salads, soups and pastured meats. The food is delicious, but one side dish stuck out to me that they made that was absolutely delicious: Miso Mushroom Sweet Potato Sauté. I looked everywhere online to find their recipe or ingredients but I couldn’t find anything concrete. So I checked out this recipe and this recipe for some guidelines on cooking with miso, so that I didn’t add to much.

Miso

If you’re wondering if miso is Paleo or Primal, rest assured that even though it’s soy – it’s fermented soy – which changes things a bit. When soy is fermented it goes from harmful to less harmful/beneficial for your body. Read more about the benefits of fermented soy here and here.

Before the oven
Before the oven

After the oven
After the oven

Roasted Miso Mushroom & Sweet Potato
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Ingredients
  1. 2 sweet potatoes
  2. 8oz mushrooms
  3. 1T butter
  4. 1T olive oil
  5. 1T miso
  6. Salt pepper
  7. 1 minced garlic clove
  8. 1t chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 425.
  2. Skin and cut up your sweet potatoes into bite sized chunks. Wash and cut up your mushrooms as well.
  3. In a bowl melt the butter with the miso in a microwave for 15-20 seconds.
  4. Put mushrooms and sweet potatoes onto a baking tray and toss on the tray with olive oil, the melted butter and miso, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place tray in the oven for 30 minutes tossing once at 15 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes take it out of the oven and top with chopped parsley.
  7. Enjoy!
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Cricket Tacos

Cricket Tacos
Cricket Tacos

I guess I have a thing for crickets. I’ve already written about how my favorite protein bar is cricket based protein. I’ve also experimented with cricket flour in this chia flax pudding recipe. Next up in my obsession is cricket tacos.

Cricket Tacos

I first read this story on The Verge of Next Millennium Farms (Now Entomo Farms), the supplier for Exo, and how there was a Mexican joint next to the factory that sells cricket tacos. When I read that article I knew I had to try it! Well I can’t drive there, since they’re in Canada, so I decided to try to make my own. I contacted Entomo Farms and asked if they could send some crickets my way so I could take a stab at these tacos and they were more than willing.

Tortilla recipe
I used the tortilla recipe on the back of Otto’s Naturals Cassava flour package from Fork & Beans

Now the main issue with creating a Primal/Paleo taco is creating a good tortilla. Flour tortillas are a no go. Non-GMO corn tortillas aren’t the worst thing for you but corn isn’t Paleo. Lettuce shells just sound gross with crickets. I contemplated these cauliflower tortillas which I’ve made before and they were great. But then I started seeing people using cassava flour all over Instagram and I saw this recipe for cassava flour tortillas and I was in love! They looked so real and tasty. So I was set – cassava flour tortillas it was. Otto’s Naturals Cassava flour you say? Check out the FAQ from their site:

Cassava (also known as Yuca) is a root vegetable grown in over 90 countries. Cassava is a staple food for half a billion people across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is the perfect alternative to wheat flour when dried and ground using our proprietary method. It is totally unique from the traditionally milled cassava flours on the market.

Cassava Flour

Cricket tacos aren’t a new idea necessarily. In Oaxaca, Mexico chapuline (grasshopper) tacos are a thing and eaten all the time. So this whole idea isn’t something too foreign or weird necessarily. It’s actually a really good protein alternative for tacos. There’s almost twice as much protein in crickets than ground beef and crickets are packed with omega 3s. I’m surprised cricket tacos aren’t touted in every Paleo blog out there!

Close up

What I wanted to do with this recipe was make a super simple taco: Tortilla, protein, diced onions, avocado, cilantro and cheese if you do dairy.

Cassava Flour
Otto’s Naturals Cassava flour

Flour
Flour before kneaded

Dough
Tortilla dough ready to be pressed

Press it flat
Pressed flat (I didn’t use a tortilla press)

Cook until bubbling
Cook until bubbling (1 minute)

Continue cooking
Flip and continue cooking

Whole roasted crickets
Whole roasted crickets

Close up
Ready to eat straight from the package

Assemble your ingredients
Get all your ingredients ready to go

Enjoy
Enjoy!

Cricket Tacos
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Ingredients
  1. Tortilla:
  2. 3/4 c. (90g) Otto’s Naturals Cassava flour
  3. 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  4. 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  5. 1/3 c. (80g) warm water
  6. Fillings:
  7. Crickets
  8. Diced white onion
  9. Avocado
  10. Cilantro
  11. Queso Fresco or Monterrey Jack (optional)
  12. Chipotle Tabasco (optional)
Instructions
  1. I used the tortilla instructions printed on the back of Otto’s Naturals Cassava flour package. The recipe is from Fork & Beans

  2. To make the tortilla, whisk together the flour and salt. Then add the oil and warm water and knead dough until it’s smooth. Then roll into 6 balls.

  3. To make the tortilla flat use a tortilla press or press between two pieces of parchment paper. Try to get as thin as possible. Then heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is warm, place the tortilla on the skillet and warm for about 1 minute until bubbles form then flip and cook for another minute. Now you’re tortillas are ready to go.

  4. Once the tortillas are ready to go, now all you have to do is dice the onion and cilantro. Cut the avocado and bust out the queso fresco or Monterey Jack.

  5. To prepare the crickets you can use them straight out of the Entomo Farm bag or lightly warm them on a skillet. They’re already roasted technically. I suggest trying them without seasoning first. Then next time you can experiment with a dusting of traditional taco style seasoning. I like The Domestic Man’s taco seasoning recipe here.

  6. Now assemble your tacos and enjoy!

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