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Pressure Cooker Inauguration

Posted in Cooking by jerseygator on October 16, 2009
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For those of you who don’t know, Darrol and I decided this year to purchase 1/4 of a grass fed cow, some of which we split with some other families, as well as 1/2 of a 4H raised pig.  We’ve been trying some new recipes, especially since some of the cuts are unfamiliar to us.

A friend suggested we use a pressure cooker, as both Darrol and I work outside the home, and we don’t like to resort to take out very often (though with 3 teens, we get a lot of take out pizza… they like it better than homemade; go figure).  We use the crock pot, but we aren’t always in the mood for stewed meat, which is what one usually gets with a slow cooker.  I found a 7qt pressure cooker at Target for a ridiculously low price, and tonight was it’s inaugural dinner.

Our new pressure cooker steaming away

Our new pressure cooker steaming away

Mr. Pig was up today.  We had a package of “country ribs” that I had pulled out of the freezer a couple of days ago to thaw.  We found a recipe on the internet that looked daggone easy and fast! This one is by “HeyJude” on RecipeZaar.com

Beer-Braised Ribs in Barbecue Sauce

Serves 4

*4 lbs country style pork ribs

*1 12oz bottle of beer of your choice (we used one of Darrol’s home brewed cherry lambic…)

*1 cup water

*2 Tbsp cider vinegar (you could also use red wine vinegar)

*1 cup BBQ sauce (we made our own… recipe follows)

1.  Put beer, water and vinegar into a 6 qt or larger pressure cooker; add ribs, arranging so that none are right on top of each other, though they do not have to be submerged in the liquid to cook properly.

2.  Lock the lid in place and heat to high pressure over high heat, then lower heat so pressure is maintained; cook 15 minutes and then turn off the heat and release the pressure. (You can do this by carefully placing the cooker in the sink and running cold water over the side of it; this releases the pressure very quickly.)

3.  Carefully remove the lid, tilting away from you to release the steam.

4.  Heat your oven to 400F; transfer ribs to a foil lined baking pan and brush the ribs on all sides with the BBQ sauce.  Roast until browned and crisp on the top, about 10 minutes.  Turn the ribs over, brush with more sauce and roast for about 5 more minutes.

5.  Serve with more sauce, if you’d like.

Short ribs go in with beer & vinegar

Country ribs go in with beer & vinegar

Cherry Lambic from Darrol's cellar

Cherry Lambic from Darrol's cellar

Country ribs a mere 15 minutes later!

Country ribs a mere 15 minutes later!

Homemade mustard/vinegar BBQ sauce

Homemade mustard/vinegar BBQ sauce

Speaking of sauce, we decided to make our own.  I’m from the carolina’s (born in North, raised in South), so mustard/vinegar based BBQ sauce is my favorite, and Darrol humored me by making one that we found at About.com.

Big Daddy’s Caroline Style Barbeque Sauce

*1 tsp black pepper

*1 tsp white pepper

*1/4 tsp cayenne

*1 cup prepared yellow mustard

*1/2 cup sugar

*1/4 cup light brown sugar

*3/4 cup cider vinegar

*1/4 cup water (we may use leftover beer from rib recipe next time!)

*2 Tbsp chili powder

*1/2 tsp soy sauce

*2 Tbsp butter

*1 Tbsp liquid smoke (hickory flavor)

1.  Mix all except soy, butter and smoke.  Simmer 30 minutes.  Add last 3 ingredients and simmer 10 minutes more.

I have to tell you that I LOVED this BBQ sauce!  Not quite Bessinger’s but pretty darn good.

Slathered with sauce and ready for 15 minutes in the oven

Slathered with sauce and ready for 15 minutes in the oven

So, despite some initial fumbling with the pressure cooker lock, we got everything going and this meal (including roasted potatoes) went together in about 1/2 hour.  Best of all, it was fabulous!  The ribs fell off the bone and were permeated with the nice spiciness of the beer and vinegar and the sauce was delicious with the meat.  I’m already looking up other recipes for pressure cookers, as well as more info on how to modify recipes, as this method was so fast and easy.

Potatoes were roasted in the hot oven as well.

Potatoes were roasted in the hot oven as well.

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