Family Friendly Fridays: Pomtastic! A Story of Ribs and One Very Addicting Drink.

And so our story begins.  Once upon a time there was a lowly food blogger looking for ideas on what to make for dinner.  She searched high and low in books and on cooking blogs but just couldn’t seem to find the right dish for her family.

The blogger was sheer out of ideas, so she poured herself a Pom and tonic with a twist of lime using the Pom juice she was given from Ryan over at Pom Wonderful and sat down to ponder her dilemma.

1 Part Pom Juice
1 Part Tonic Water
1 Shot Vodka (Optional)
1 Lime Slice

She took one sip of the intoxicating drink and just like that it hit her like a marshmallow to the side of the temple.  “I’ll make ribs with a pomegranate BBQ sauce!” she exclaimed.  “And I’ll do it in my slow cooker!”

The blogger could hardly contain her excitement.  She grabbed up her Pom Juice.

To add to the 1/4 cup of Pom, she also grabbed:

Ingredients Needed:

1 Pkg. of Pork Baby Back Ribs
About 2 Tbsp of her Favorite Rib Rub
1 Can of Tomato Sauce
2 Tbsp of Worcestershire
1 tsp of Oregano
2 tsp of Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp of Onion Powder
1 Add’l tsp of her Rib Rub
3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1/2 tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Sugar

The first thing she did was to grab her 2 tbsp of rub and covered her ribs on both sides.

She then threw them in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping them once during that time.  All the while thinking about the dinner hour when she’d finally be able to present her delicious dish to her family.

While the ribs were getting a quick once over in the oven, she threw all the other ingredients into the slow cooker, including the extra tsp of rub, and mixed it all up good.

Ten minutes passed quickly and before she knew it the oven timer was going off.  She grabbed the ribs out of the oven, broke them into two pieces and placed them into the slow cooker, spooning a little of the delicious smelling sauce over the top of the ribs.

Finally, she closed the whole thing up tight and set it on low for then next 6-8 hours.

Over the course of the day, blogger girl checked email, picked up kids, replied to her blogger comments, and tweeted about her brilliant dinner ideas on twitter.  She didn’t even have to think about dinner because it was being cooked for her all the while she worked.

And the smell!  She wished she could grab a rib right then and there, but she knew her prince charming would not be a happy camper if he came home to an empty cooker, so she held off and waited patiently.

Finally the dinner hour arrived.  She lifted the top off the pot and low and behold her ribs were ready for familial consumption!

She called her family to the table.  They could hardly believe their good fortune when they saw what she had cooked up for them!  Every last rib was eaten that night and the food blogger lived happily ever after (at least until the next night’s dinner decision).

THE END

Epilogue:  I’ll be sharing my rib rub recipe that I used with these ribs on Monday, so if you don’t have your own delicious recipe and are in need of a real doozy, be sure to stop by!

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Happily Ever After Ribs

Ingredients:

1 Pkg. of Pork Baby Back Ribs
About 2 Tbsp of her Favorite Rib Rub
1 Can of Tomato Sauce
2 Tbsp of Worcestershire
1 tsp of Oregano
2 tsp of Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp of Onion Powder
1 Add'l tsp of her Rib Rub
3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1/2 tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Sugar

Directions:

Grab your 2 tbsp of rub and cover your ribs on both sides. Throw them in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping them once during that time.

While the ribs are getting a quick once over in the oven, throw all the other ingredients into the slow cooker, including the extra tsp of rub, and mixed it all up good. Once the ribs are done, put them into the slow cooker, cover it up, and let it cook on low for 6-8.

Pull them out after the time's up and serve with the cooked up bbq sauce.

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31 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Pomtastic! A Story of Ribs and One Very Addicting Drink.”

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    Brenda — October 22, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    Julie, what a fantastic rib recipe this is. Mouthwatering! I regularly cook my ribs in the crock pot, we just love them that way. Fall off the bone tender. And your cocktail sounds delicious. I’ve never tried Pom Juice, but I think it’s time I did. I’m sharing my mac and cheese recipe this week for Family Friendly Fridays. Have a lovely weekend!

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    grace — October 22, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    there’s something so barbaric about gnawing on a rack of ribs, but this rub is too enticing to pass up!

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    Kirby — October 22, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Love the story behind it they sound great! I need to try some of that Pom wonderful stuff! And I would add that (optional) shot of vodka to my drink! Haha!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — October 22, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    What a fun post! :) I have yet to try POM but it looks awesome. As do the ribs!!

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    Deb Duchon — October 22, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    What a mouth-watering recipe – I printed it out to try next week. But I couldn’t find your rib rub recipe! What am I doing wrong?? Help!

    • Julie replied: — October 22nd, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

      Deb,

      The rib rub recipe is going up on Monday! Stay tuned!

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — October 22, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    I’ve never cooked ribs at home.

    Is a theme developing here? Seems like I’m always writing about something I’ve never cooked. Sheesh. What do I cook?

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    Emily Z — October 22, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Hmmmm, I have some baby back ribs in my freezer and I was not sure what I was going to do with them. Maybe I should put this on the list for my slow cooker sundays. And what a fun way to tell your story, this post was a lot of fun to read! :)

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    Laura in Cancun — October 22, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    I don’t like ribs (too messy) but I loooove pomegranates! (never seen pom juice though… here in Mexico, we eat pomegranates straight off the tree!)

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    Erin @ EKat's Kitchen — October 22, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    Oh yum!! and double yum! I can’t decide which I want more right now — ribs or a pomtini. I love making them also with Minute Maid’s blueberry acai pom juice. I love that you did ribs in a slow cooker and will have to try this sometime! I’ll be back shortly to link up my slow cooker pot roast!

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — October 22, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    Very cute! You big a big smile from me–love story time! The Pom ribs sounds incredible…think I’ll go make myself an pom and tonic for now!

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    Annie — October 22, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    Those look delicious. My favorite dinner recipe is any one that can be thrown in the slow cooker. I have yet to do ribs in the slow cooker but now I think I have to.

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    Maranda — October 22, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    These.Sound.Amazing!

    “And just like that it hit her like a marshmallow to the side of the temple.” I laughed so loud when I read this that The Hubble came over and I had to read this entry to him.

    Then we started discussing how much we both love pomegranates and how we may have to have this soon. Then he got all “high and mighty” on me and started telling me how he’s eaten pomegranates in Kandahar and those are supposed to be the best in the world. Jerk.

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    Katerina — October 22, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    I can’t wait for the sequel. From what I’ve seen so far the ribs look awesome.

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    Melissa B. — October 22, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    Salivating, as we speak…need one of those drinks, too ~ pronto!

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    Anna Johnston — October 22, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

    You teased us :) All along I was thinking “Cool…, a slow cooked rib dish…, gotta get me one of them” & then you said you’ve eaten them all up & THE END :(
    That slight little drumming noise your hearing…., its my toes a tappin the floor waiting around for the recipe. No hurry…, I’ll wait ;)

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    Rita — October 23, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    Loved your post!
    Now I have to get some of that juice; I’ve never tasted it and always curious. Now I am anxious to try it.

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    ingrid — October 23, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    Cute! My post are always so lame I can never think of anything clever to say.
    Your ribs look fantastic! I have a great rub recipe but I still like to try new ones….never know.
    ~ingrid

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    Megan — October 23, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    I love POM Juice. I think using it as an ingredient for a rib marinade is a fantastic idea! The ribs look delicious!

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    rebecca — October 23, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

    your pork looks fab have a wonderful day at the balloon festival hugs Rebecca

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    Monet — October 23, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    Julie,
    I will be eagerly awaiting that recipe on Monday. It sounds and looks heavenly. You did a great job with your bottles of pom…truly inspired drink and entree. Thank you for sharing (and the format of your post was adorable!)

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    Mari's Cakes — October 23, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    These ribs look FANTASTIC! A very creative recipe :D

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    Ameena — October 23, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

    You amaze me with your creativity! And now I am inspired to dig out my crock pot. It has been too long since I used it and I have no idea why??

    My hubby agrees that POM is super addicting! He drinks it like it’s going out of style.

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    Julie — October 25, 2010 @ 1:04 am

    That was one of my favorite stories ever…yum!

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    Nirmala — October 25, 2010 @ 1:07 am

    I love the drink, and I can’t wait to try it out myself! Looks so refreshing.

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    Christine — October 25, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    I’m completely obsessed with pomegranates and have never had Pom. Isn’t that crazy? I will be trying that sauce, but first the cocktail. Thank you!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — October 26, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    Pom juice are so versatile you can make anything with this. Your recipe looks very delicious! i will be trying this for sure. thank you for sharing.

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    Holly L — October 28, 2010 @ 1:28 am

    I must try the ribs…my son LOVES ribs and I am clueless. I want to try the Pom Tonic—I need a Happy Hour!

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    Christy — November 3, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    You had me riveted to my seat with this story – it does have a sad ending in that I don’t get to eat any. I will need to make my own one day!

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