#TMCKitchenSeries: The Day I Cooked Ribs for Valentine’s Day

Feb 15, 2016 | Food

If you checked my posts about the recipes I do at home, you will notice that I always use chicken and pork. I’m no kitchen diva and cooking is not really my thing so I stick to the basics. 

My husband and I are not fans of going out during V-Day. Instead of a fancy dinner in a posh restaurant, we decided to stay in and cook something new. And yes, he requested for ribs. 

It was my first time to cook ribs and to be honest, I have no idea how to do this. I scouted the World Wide Web for recipes but I can’t seem to find something that will suit my taste and cooking style. So, I decided to just invent my own recipe. 

My Version of Tender Pork Ribs Pork RibsI started cooking at three in the afternoon since my husband wanted it baked. There were no fancy ingredients, so I’m sure you can do this at home. 

Here are the ingredients I used: 

  • Brown sugar 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tomato sauce 
  • Garlic
  • Basil leaves and Rosemary (the one from McCormick) 
  • Ketchup 
  • Olive oil

Readily available ingredients, right? 

Then in a large bowl, I marinated the ribs using all the ingredients mentioned above. I’m generous when it comes to garlic because I love the aroma and taste it gives on the food. Then for some reason, I instructed the person from Monterey to cut the ribs. Next time, I’ll just leave the cutting to myself since I think it will look better if uncut. LOL. image (23)Going back, I placed the ribs in a baking tray while generously smothering them with the marinade. I also added olive oil to help in the baking process. image (18)Now, its baking time! This one lasted for about one hour and 15 minutes, which is just the right time because the ribs turned out tender and easy to chew. You can bake it longer or shorter, depending on your preference. Be prepared because once you open the oven, you will surely love the smell coming from rosemary. 

I also cooked mixed veggies for side dish since they went well with the ribs. Of course, you can pair it with your preferred side dish. Too bad, I didn’t have enough time to make mashed potatoes and wasn’t able to go all out on this. image (19)Overall, I’m glad my husband loved it. The combination of ingredients went well together. And I’m glad that the first time I made baked ribs was a success! 

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  1. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    Your pork ribs looks yummy! The plating was nakakagana πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing! Will bookmark this πŸ™‚

    • Ayi

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I invest in plates talaga since parang ang sarap kumain :))

  2. Neri Ann

    What is the setting for the oven? I am using a convection oven, pwede ba sya sa baking? or sa roasting?

    • Ayi

      I’m not sure mommy, though I think baking setting will do πŸ™‚

  3. Patty | MrsC

    I made ribs for Valentine’s, too! I love baked ribs coz they’re so easy to put together and prepare. I usually buy full slabs of American ribs from Monterey, and I don’t ask them to cut them up. You’re right, they look nicer. Then I bake, low and slow, for 2-4 hours, depending on how much lead time I have before dinner. SO GOOD!!!

    Typically I go for a dry rub, then barbecue sauce to season my ribs. Your recipe looks good, and I think I’ll give it a try next time.

  4. Cheanne

    Seems so easy! I miss cooking. I should get back to it soon!

  5. mommykach

    I really wanted to learn how to cook. this looks an easy enough (I hope haha) recipe for beginners. Now just need to buy that convection oven I’ve been eyeing πŸ™‚

  6. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    Ang sarap naman nito. Makapag-ribs na nga next week pag grocery ko! I saw a video on ribs too on my timeline, kaya I will take it as a sign, haha!

  7. msbolin

    Thank you for sharing this. Something new to prepare for the boys.

  8. Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos

    Same here, I usually order ribs whenever we are in a steakhouse. This recipes looks easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Viva Kitchen Goddess

    Preparing a special meal for the husband makes the dining experience memorable πŸ™‚

  10. tweenselmom

    I bet na inlove lalo sayo ang husband mo πŸ™‚

    • Ayi

      Your comment made me laugh Mommy Lani :))

  11. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    That looks delicious. I have new recipe to cook now.

  12. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    Congratulations on your successful attempt at preparing baked ribs! I’m sure this won’t be the last time.

  13. mommymadz

    The food looks delish! I wish I was into cooking more than eating haha

  14. Jackie Park

    Please adopt me. I’d love to have some, it looks so good hahaha thank you for sharing your recipe ^^

  15. den

    This looks soooo gooood! Nakakagutom naman <3

  16. Louisa Mercado

    I wish I had an oven so I can try all these cool recipes I keep seeing!

  17. Tina

    You can never go wrong with ribs. I have a tip for you. Don’t throw away the marinade, simmer it, add cornstarch to make into a sauce. You can also grill this on stove top or bbq grill.

    • Ayi

      That sounds great πŸ™‚ I haven’t tried making sauce for this and I’ll keep your tips in mind. Thank you πŸ™‚


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