Grilled Ribs with Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Cauliflower

One of the things I miss the most about cooking in Texas is having a grill.  So, of course, while I am home visiting my family for Thanksgiving, I am taking advantage!  For my first night home, we made spice-rubbed pork ribs, sauteed brussel sprouts, and roasted purple cauliflower.

Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 120 min

Ingredients:

  • Baby back Ribs
  • 2 T salt
  • 1/2 T pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

(1) Preheat the grill on high — about 400 degrees (my parents have a 3 burner grill, so we turned on the two side burners and grilled the meat on the center burner to use indirect heat for slow cooking).

(2) Bring meat to room temperature.  Meanwhile, mix all spices together, except for the garlic.

IMG_3636

IMG_3640

(3) Pat meat dry, and rub the spice mixture and garlic evenly over the meat.  (We threw some extra beef ribs on the grill as well.)

IMG_3653

(3) Turn the burners to the low setting (about 300 degrees).  If you are making these in the oven, you can use the same method, but cover the meat with foil halfway through.  Cook on low for about 2 hours.

IMG_3745

Brussel Sprouts with Hazelnuts

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 25 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz hazelnuts, chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 cup white onion, coarsely chopped (I normally use leeks or scallions, but my mom was out so we used onion instead)
  • 1/2 T duck fat or olive oil
  • 15 brussel sprouts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Directions:

(1) Peel off the outer leaves of the brussel sprouts.  Slice the middle portions into thin slices.

IMG_3663

(2) In a large pan, heat the oil on medium heat.  Add the hazelnuts and onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the hazelnuts are browned.

IMG_3724

(3) Add the brussel sprouts and add a liberal amount of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until leaves start to brown slightly.  When the brussel sprouts are nearly done cooking, add the minced garlic.

IMG_3731

While the brussel sprouts were cooking, I even had time to sneak a snuggle with my puppy (another thing that’s better about cooking in Texas compared to NYC!)

IMG_3735IMG_3736

Roasted Cauliflower

Prep Time: 5-10 min
Cook Time: 25 min

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 T Hungarian Paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 T Kerrygold grass-fed butter, melted

Directions:

(1) Toss the cauliflower florets with spices and melted butter.

IMG_3703

(2) Roast on 400 degrees for 20-25 min, or until cauliflower is soft when punctured with a fork. (We lined the baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up).

IMG_3752

Enjoy!  We actually made cauliflower two ways — the other recipe will be posted separately.

IMG_3759

One thought on “Grilled Ribs with Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Cauliflower

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s