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Dec 12, 2008 09:49 AM

What to Serve with Baby Back Ribs?

I have an unexpected meal to serve and I am planning to make my slow roasted baby back ribs. I wanted to serve a myriad of sides and a nice country dessert. I am crazy at work this week and so my brain is otherwise occupied and I am drawing a blank.

My ribs are dry rubbed and then braised slowly. The flavors are basic (brown sugar, celery salt, chili powder, onion powder, cayenne a few other things).

I am planning to make corn bread from a recipe I found. It looks like it will be a little sweet but not like a corn "cake" as many turn out.

Other then that any suggestions? I have a few other thoughts but would love some help planning this meal!

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  1. When I think ribs, I think BBQ beans, cole slaw, corn bread and maybe macaroni salad. All pretty easy. For a country-style dessert I'd normally say cobbler (maybe peach or berry), but since those fruits are out of season, how about a sweet potato pie? Good luck.

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    1. re: ajs228

      This may be heresy but I think frozen sliced peaches work just fine in a cobbler. I usually find them among the organic selections in the grocery stores I frequent.

      For me, baby back ribs are a summertime grill or smoker activity and I always associate them with corn on the cob from the farm stand and tomatoes right out of the garden.

      I've fiddled with corn bread recipes over the years but always return to the one on the Quaker cornmeal container.

      1. re: GeoffD

        Nope, not heresy. I totally agree, and frozen is certainly easier than slicing up fresh. Peaches just taste like summer to me, and it's cold as hell outside.

        1. re: ajs228

          frozen fruit gets an undeserved bad rap. it's often tastier [and more nutritious] than fresh.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I don't think frozen fruit is as good as fresh fruit for out of hand eating but in most cases the frozen berries and peaches are just fine for making a cobbler.

            1. re: jpc8015

              i probably should have clarified...i wouldn't necessarily want to sit down and eat a bowl of frozen peaches :) but frozen fruit can often be just as good - and more convenient - for use in recipes, be they sweet or savory.

    2. mashed sweet potatoes with sage fried in brown butter. I make them all the time when I do barbeque.

      1. I would add green beans and collards/kale/turnip greens to the list of appropriate sides. A cobbler of some sort would be a nice dessert, even made with frozen peaches so you can pretend it's summer.

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        1. re: mpjmph

          definitely braised greens. BBQ-esque and cold-weather comfort at the same time!

        2. I see nobody has mentioned potato salad! Potatoes are dirt cheap right now. Lots of onion, mayo/vinegar and celery. YUM! Roasted corn on the cob might be nice. Lemon chess pie to top it off. Very southern.

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          1. re: Sal Vanilla

            How could they forget the potato salad, Sal?! It's not barbecue without it.

          2. I'm all about the slaw. It's a cool and crispy counterpoint to the warm, sticky ribs. Definitely potato salad, too. Everything else is optional. Tasty, but optional.