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Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Now that the weather is turning cooler here in Michigan, I’ve noticed I’m using my crock pot more and more. Plus it’s a fabulous way to cook some great meals without a lot of effort. And one meal I’ve come up with, we’ve enjoyed quite a few times over the last month or so.

crockpot bbq ribs

Barbeque ribs not only smell divine while cooking, the fabulous taste can’t be beaten. And if ribs are a bit to messy for your family, it can easily be made with a pot roast.

Our favorite side with this dish is homemade au gratin potatoes, though the potatoes are not the quickest dish to make! So serve with your favorite potato or rice side along with a veggie.

Other ways I use my crockpot:

  • Roasting whole chickens – I just place the whole rinsed chicken into the crockpot and let cook all day on low. Add in a bay leaf, salt, pepper, and maybe some onion and garlic for added flavor.
  • Making chicken stock – after the whole chicken is done roasting, I put the bones, skin, and any extra ‘gunk’ from the chicken, any carrots, onion, and celery I have sitting around, along with a Tbsp of apple cider vinegar and let sit for an hour. Then cook on low at least overnight. I usually let mine simmer on low for about 24 hours.
  • Regular ‘ol beef roast – I just toss in a beef roast, cut up a few carrots, stalks of celery, potatoes, and either leeks or onion along with some salt and pepper and let sit on low all day. So easy to do! If you’re short on time in the morning, just cut everything up the night before (place the potatoes in water so they don’t brown – just strain in the morning) and toss it all in the crockpot in the morning. One thing I do if there is a bone in the roast is I add in a Tbsp of apple cider vinegar and at least a few cups of water to make some bone broth as it cooks. Great for soups and gravies for future meals!

This post is linked to Nourishing Crockpot Carnival over at Passionate Homemaking. Head on over there to see some other great whole foods crockpot recipes!

Crockpot BBQ Beef Short Ribs
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Recipe type: Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
 
Ingredients
  • 4 lbs beef (roast/short ribs/stew meat)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsulphered molasses
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp worchestershire or fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dried onion
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Method of Preparation
  1. Place thawed beef ribs in crockpot.
  2. Mix all of the other ingredients together and pour over beef. Cook all day on low, at least 6-8 hours. (If using a roast, you can pull it apart during the last hour of cooking to increase the BBQ flavor throughout the beef.)
  3. Our favorite side with this dish is homemade au gratin potatoes, though the potatoes are not the quickest dish to make! So serve with your favorite potato or rice side along with a veggie.

 

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Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

As often as we are able to, I choose to use grassfed, organic meats – preferably locally raised. Above all, my goal is to provide my family with food made from scratch in order to eliminate processed foods from our diet. In order to do so, sometimes I have to relax my ‘grassfed/organic’ rule so that I don’t allow my food budget to become out of control. Of course it’s not the “perfect”, but I feel it’s always best to buy “the best you can afford”!

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{Recipes}

My family and I choose to eat whole foods, focusing on healthy fats and preparing our foods in specific ways so that we are able to absorb the most nutrition from them.

Breakfast

Sausage

Cinnamon Rolls {gluten free}

Scrambled Eggs

Baked Oatmeal with Sweet Potato

Soaked Oatmeal

Meat and Poultry

As often as we are able to, I choose to use grassfed, organic meats along with properly prepared grains and organic produce. Above all else, my goal is to provide my family with food made from scratch in order to eliminate processed foods from our diet. In order to do so, sometimes I have to relax my ‘grassfed/organic’ rule so that I don’t allow my food budget to become out of control. Of course it’s not the “perfect”, but I feel it’s always best to buy “the best you can afford”!

BBQ Beef Ribs {slow cooker}

Italian Cream Cheese Casserole

BLT Pasta

White Chicken Chili

Chicken Nuggets

Chili

Wet Burritos

Chicken Sausage and Bean Soup

Salmon Patties

Salads and Dressings

Taco Salad

Spicy Dressing

Italian Dressing Mix

Spelt Berry Salad

Avocado Aioli {dressing/dip}

Colorful Spring Salad

Summer Salad with Strawberries

Simple Green Salad

Soups and Stews

An integral part of any menu, soups can be comforting and nourishing to the body at the same time. I love to use bone broths as a base to my soups as well, in order to infuse them with as many nutritional benefits as I can.

Chicken Broth/Stock

Beef Broth

Lentil Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Chicken Sausage and Bean Soup

Snacks

While snacks are often high in refined sugars and grains, I choose to make our snacks with more natural sugars and whole grains whenever possible.

Granola Bars

Caramel Corn

Chocolate Cranberry Nut Granola

Popcorn

Side Dishes

Quinoa and Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes

Veggie Rice

Gratineed Leeks

Wild Rice Pilaf

Maple Sweet Potatoes

Baked Potatoes

Homemade French Fries

Breads and Grains

While we are currently eating gluten free, I have chosen in the past to try and make our breads from ‘soaked’ flours or from sourdough. This helps to eliminate enzyme inhibitors and aid in digestion. While I don’t always properly ‘soak’ our grains, I do my best and try and make it a priority but allow myself to be free from guilt should I forget, not have time, or indulge in an ‘un-soaked’ recipe.

Sourdough Pancakes

Cinnamon Rolls {gluten free}

Blueberry Muffins*

Whole Wheat Tortillas

Kefir Bread

Cinnamon Rolls

Whole Wheat Bread

Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Baked Oatmeal with Sweet Potato

Carrot Squash Muffins

Veggie Rice

Sauces, Seasonings, and Condiments

Garlic Herb Butter

Cherry Tomato Salsa

Spaghetti Sauce

Taco Seasoning

Pizza Sauce

Fermented/Cultured/Living Foods

Yogurt

Kombucha

Water Kefir

Grape Kefir Soda

Italian Green Beans

Root Slaw

Classic Sauerkraut

Dairy Kefir

Cultured Butter

Cherry Tomato Salsa

Sourdough Pancakes

Desserts and Sweet Things

Chocolate Mousse Cake {Grain Free}

Better Than Almond Joy Cookies

Apple Grunt

Vanilla Kefir Ice Cream

Nourishing Raw Chocolate Pudding

Gluten Free Cupcakes

Nourishing Fudge*

Whipped Cream

Black Bean {Grain Free} Brownies

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Poached Pears with Pomegranate Glaze

Homemade Maple Syrup Marshmallows

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Traditional Food Preparation

Soak and Dehydrate Nuts and Seeds

Kombucha

Yogurt

Water Kefir

Dairy Kefir

Grape Kefir Soda

Make Your own Cultured Butter

Sweet Cream Butter

Homemade Sweet Cream Butter

Soak Almonds / Crispy Almonds

Italian Green Beans

Root Slaw

Classic Sauerkraut

Cherry Tomato Salsa

Sourdough Pancakes

Chicken Broth/Stock

Beef Broth

Beverages

Herbal Fertility Tea

Eggnog

Coconut Milk Steamer

Kombucha

Water Kefir

Grape Kefir Soda

Food Preservation

Peach Pit Jelly

Sun Pickles

Canning Peaches

Natural Living

Toothpaste

Deodorant

Natural Wood Polish

Natural Moisturizer

Facial Cleanser

Dishwasher Rinse Aid

Fabric Softener

Natural Health

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Tincture

Post Partum Herbal Sitz Bath

Natural Help for Mastitis

Baking Day!

This week Crystal and Fishmama are co hosting a baking day, and since I haven’t done one of these since before the baby was born, I’m quite overdue! I love having a couple meals in the freezer ready to go, or at least partially finished so it doesn’t take so long to cook up each night.

My plan for today is to get the kitchen clean, grocery shop for needed ingredients, and get some food prep done.

Food prep:

  • soak oatmeal (for breakfast)
  • soak rice
  • soak beans

Then tomorrow I plan on making:

  • Granola Bars, 2 batches
  • Blueberry spelt muffins, 2 batches
  • GF zucchini muffins
  • GF applesauce muffins
  • cooked ground beef, 2 pounds placed in 1/2 pound amounts in ziplocs
  • cooked taco meat, 2 pounds
  • make crockpot chicken (some for dinner, some for later)
  • make chili
  • make mexican rice

Tuesday night prep; clean kitchen, get chicken broth going in crockpot, soak pancake batter

Wednesdays plan:

  • make pancakes (some for breakfast, some for later)
  • make cream cheese chicken pasta casserole (half for dinner, half for later)
  • make fermented ketchup
  • make mayo
  • marinate and freeze steaks
  • marinate and freeze chicken
  • make playdoh :-)
  • make spaghetti sauce, 4 batches
  • make pizza sauce, 4 batches
  • make bbq sauce, 2 batches

While my list is rather daunting, I’m hoping to make some good headway and get most of this list done in just a couple days, though it may drag out all week if my kiddos have anythign to do with it!

And you can follow along on twitter using the hashtag #bakingday!