Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May I have the whole pan? Recipe Wednesday - Ribs & Hash Brown Casserole

We have some friends who are the best cooks. They are those friends who always make the most amazing meals. If they invite us over for dinner, Justin will starve himself to make sure he is hungry and ready to devour their food. We went over to their house this weekend for their little girl's birthday party. Jennifer (my friend) makes the most amazing Hash brown Casserole. She made it for her party this weekend. She asked me if I would like some and my response was something like.."Yes, may I have the whole pan?". It is amazing and the perfect side dish to any meal.

Her husband, Curt, makes the most delicious, fall off the bone ribs on the grill. We have attempted to make them about 4 times. I think we have it somewhat perfected.

So.. today's Recipe Wednesday is inspired by Curt and Jennifer. I am going to post Curt's Ribs recipe and Jennifer's Hash brown Casserole. These are our favorites that they make. Trust me, this is a meal you will love and it is perfect for entertaining. (**Note, this is a time consuming meal.. but OH SO WORTH IT!)
**I realize that most women are leary about grilling. I used to be the same way, but it is so easy!! Try it, if I can do it.. trust me.. you can do it!

Curt's Fall off the Bone Ribs


3 Racks of Baby Back Ribs (this will feed 6-10 people)
Pork Rub Seasoning
1 Box of Brown Sugar
Favorite BBQ Sauce


-Preheat grill to 300 degrees (*This recipe calls for indirect heat. Only use one burner on your grill. Ribs will be placed over burners that are NOT on.)
-Cut each rack of ribs into thirds.
- Lightly coat each 1/3 of rack of ribs with pork seasoning and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. (Coat both sides of ribs with seasoning and brown sugar).
-Wrap each 1/3 rack of ribs in foil, making sure ribs are completely sealed in foil.
- Place ribs in preheated grill, close cover. (Place ribs over burners that are OFF. We have a three burner grill. We leave the center burner on and place the ribs over the left and right burners that are off.)
- Cook Ribs at 300 degrees for 6 hours. Check grill every 30 min. to make sure grill is on and temperature is at 300 degrees.
- After 6 hours, check ribs. They should be very tender. If they are not tender leave on grill for another 30 min.
- Remove ribs from foil and place directly over flame. Grill on each side for about 2 min, brushing each side with your favorite BBQ Sauce. Serve with additional sauce on the side.

Jennifer's Hash Brown Casserole


1- 1lb, 14 oz bag frozen shredded hash browns
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 8oz container French Onion Dip
1/2 cup onion (diced)
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 cups crushed corn flakes


- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Mix the soups, dip, onion, cheese, salt and pepper together.
- Fold in half the bag of has browns at a time
-Pour into greased baking dish.
-Pour melted butter over mixture and cover with the corn flakes.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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