Saturday, May 14, 2011

Recipe of the week: Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

This recipe was made forChristmas for my family.  It’s not spicy or overly sweet as you may think.  It gives the ribs a slightly sweet smoky flavor I’m sure you’ll enjoy. It's also a very easy and quick recipe to make. 

When this recipe was first attempted for Christmas the whole can of chipotle peppers was used.  There was no use trying to find something else to do with the peppers right?  An additional can of cranberry sauce was used too.  Also the ribs used weren't boneless and there were twice as many as the recipe required. They were fantastic.  If you are so moved to alter this recipe go for it!

It also may seem there isn't enough liquid in the crock pot when you start out.  Don't worry.  The ribs will definitely make their own gravy during cooking.  You don't need to use a crock pot too. Just cook them on a low setting in a pot on top of the stove.

A nice fresh salad and a baked potato or rice could be served with the sauce. 

Recipe from Better Homes & Garden website.

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 7 to 8 hours low or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high)


2 1/2 to 3 pounds boneless pork country-style ribs
Salt and ground black pepper
1 16-ounce can whole cranberry sauce
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced


1.  Trim fat from ribs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper

2.  Place ribs in a 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker.  

 In a medium bowl, stir together cranberry sauce, onion, chipotle pepper, and garlic.

Pour cranberry mixture over ribs.

3.  Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.  Transfer ribs to a serving platter.  Stir sauce.  Drizzle some of the sauce over the ribs.  If desired, serve remaining sauce.

Tip: Because hot chile peppers, such as chipotle peppers, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible.  When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves.  If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

Servings Per Recipe 6 to 8 servings
Calories 395
Total Fat (g) 10
Saturated Fat (g)4
Monounsaturated Fat (g)5
Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1
Cholesterol (mg)139
Sodium (mg)247
Carbohydrate (g)32
Total Sugar (g)25
Fiber (g)2
Protein (g)40
Vitamin C (DV%)4
Calcium (DV%)5
Iron (DV%)10
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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