Ginger Beer Spare Ribs

A Feteful Life: Ginger Beer Spare Ribs

I’ll be honest. You’re gonna want to make out with these ribs. And they almost didn’t even happen.

Ever since we had the most incredibly delicious ginger beer pork chops in Jamaica, I’ve been wanting to make some version of ginger beer pork. I had my heart all set on slow cooked pulled pork, but the recipe I made just didn’t work out. And it didn’t look appetizing at all in photos. I was bummed. Then we went to our local Farmer’s Market this past Saturday and spotted some yummy looking pork spare ribs. I still had ginger beer left, so my mind got to spinning. I promptly came home and looked through all sorts of ginger beer and spare rib recipes. And came up with THE BEST and insanely simple ginger beer spare ribs. Seriously, people. Get. On. This.

Ginger Beer Spare Ribs

Ingredients
– 2 lbs pork spare ribs*
– 1/8 cup jerk seasoning
– 1 1/2 bottles ginger beer
– 1/2 bottle ketchup
– olive oil for brushing grill

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 F and fire up your grill. Carefully brush grill with olive oil. Generously coat spare ribs with jerk seasoning. Grill ribs 3-4 minutes each side, until they’ve got a good sear.

2. Place seared ribs in a large roasting pan. Whisk ginger beer and ketchup together in a large bowl. Pour mixture over ribs. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.

3. Place covered ribs into oven for 3 1/2 – 4 hours (I checked mine at 3 1/2 hours and the meat was already falling off the bone).

4. Remove pan from oven and transfer ribs to a large platter. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Pour sauce into a medium saucepan and bring to rolling boil. Boil for 5 – 10 minutes, reduce heat and simmer for another 20 minutes.

5. Serve ribs warm with sauce.

*I did roughly 1 lb/person, but keep in mind that spare ribs typically don’t have a ton of meat on them. So if you’ve got lots of people or just a small number of hungry people, I’d go up on that number.

A Feteful Life: Ginger Beer Spare Ribs

A Feteful Life: Ginger Beer Spare Ribs

A Feteful Life: Ginger Beer Spare Ribs

A Feteful Life: Ginger Beer Spare Ribs

Cocktail Hour: Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

Ooooweeee. It’s been HOT around here lately. Boozy pops have been on my cocktail to-do list for a while and this weather seemed like the perfect opportunity. I had a hard time deciding what kind of pop to make though — it might be hot, but this time of year also means so, so much fresh fruit. Part of the problem was that I came across a whole rainbow full of yummy ice pops from 84th and 3rd, all of which seemed relatively simple and didn’t require adding sugar (so paleo/primal peeps who drink some alcohol, these are perfect for you). But I spotted one that called for dark rum and I had a teensy bit of Myer’s Jamaican Dark Rum to use up and a whole lot of Jamaican vacation withdrawal. So I went with that. The original recipe didn’t call for basil, but I was a little worried it would be too sweet with all that coconut milk (even without adding sugar, I find coconut milk a tad sweet sometimes). And I think the addition was a good call — the basil gave it the perfect balance.

Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops (slightly adapted from 84th & 3rd)
Makes 4 ice pops

Ingredients
– 1 cup fresh blueberries
– 1/4 cup orange juice
– 3/4 cup coconut milk
– 6 large basil leaves, chiffonade
– 2 tbsp dark rum

Directions
Simmer berries and juice for 5 minutes. Blend berry mix, 1/2 basil chiffonade, and coconut milk in blender until smooth. Stir in dark rum and remaining chiffonade. Pour into ice pop molds (I used these) and freeze overnight.

* if you are making some non-boozy pops as well, follow same directions omitting rum.

A Feteful Life: Bluberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Pops

 

 

Hello From … Bluefields Bay, Jamaica

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica

I love, love, love renting a house on family vacations. It’s just so much easier with the kids and prevents the whole “we are trapped in a room with our children after 8 pm every night” routine that happens when you stay at a hotel. But sometimes staying in a home means you are stuck with all the accompanying housework (dishes, laundry, cooking, etc.) and that can drive me nuts — it doesn’t feel like a real vacation then. But our recent trip to Bluefields Bay, Jamaica was the complete and total opposite of that and it was AWESOME. We were completely spoiled in the best, low-key way possible. A gorgeous home, delicious local cuisine, a fabulous childcare helper, continuous cocktail service. All that and we were smack on a quiet, beautiful beach. But still within easy access of lots of activities (fishing, horseback riding, boating, waterfall swimming!). The only bad thing about it was we had to leave … eventually. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the pictures (yes, all of ’em) and then I’d book a trip.

 1 / a long trip; red stripe roadies; roadside lunch from Border Jerk {holy cow, yum}

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica2 / exploring the house; pool time; sunset view

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica 3 / early morning breakfast

A Feteful Life: Hello from Bluefields Bay, Jamaica4 / beachtime

A Feteful Life: Hello from Bluefields Bay, Jamaica5 / more pool; mangoes off the tree; afternoon downtime, including a general no-TV policy exception for World Cup; selfie

A Feteful Life: Hello from Bluefields Bay, Jamaica6 / deep sea fishing for the boys = lots of fish for everyone

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica

7 / mid-day jerk lunch; more downtime {seeing a pattern yet?}

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica 8 / horseback riding

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica9 / rain rolling in; candlelit dinner

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica10 / Black River cruise; crocodiles

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica11 / YS Falls {amazing}

A Feteful Life: Bluefields Bay, Jamaica

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