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What to Serve with Baby Back Ribs?

atwistedlime Dec 12, 2008 09:49 AM

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!
Thanks!
Leslie

  1. ajs228 Dec 12, 2008 10:06 AM

    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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      GeoffD Dec 12, 2008 04:21 PM

      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
        ajs228 Dec 13, 2008 10:21 AM

        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.

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          goodhealthgourmet Dec 13, 2008 10:56 AM

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

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            jpc8015 Dec 14, 2008 01:53 AM

            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.

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              goodhealthgourmet Dec 14, 2008 07:35 AM

              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. gatorfoodie Dec 12, 2008 10:31 AM

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

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        mpjmph Dec 12, 2008 10:48 AM

        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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          goodhealthgourmet Dec 12, 2008 05:20 PM

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

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          Sal Vanilla Dec 12, 2008 11:07 AM

          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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            esstrink Dec 12, 2008 12:37 PM

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

          2. alanbarnes Dec 12, 2008 01:12 PM

            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.

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              HillJ Dec 12, 2008 03:15 PM

              Pickled vegetables, definately agree with the slaw, sweet potatoe fries, instead of corn muffins maybe just a good biscuit recipe.

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                duck833 Dec 12, 2008 04:49 PM

                Beer!!!

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                  weezycom Dec 12, 2008 05:49 PM

                  How about a rustic pear & walnut tart (maybe with a few chopped dried cranberries mixed in?) for dessert. I always think of cole slaw with ribs, but if you want a hot dish, then I think a sauerkraut w/ apples would be my first choice to give you a tangy side that will help balance the richness of the ribs. And some oven-baked sweet potato fries.

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                    mpalmer6c Dec 13, 2008 07:36 PM

                    I like to use canned baked beans such as Bush's doctored with cumin and chili powder. As a change, for dessert, I'd go for something with a little tartness, such as lemon or key lime pie.

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