Back when the husband and I were newlyweds, we would spend many a weekend home with our favorite Netflix series House of Cards. It’s a nail-biter of a political drama that always seemed to keep us intrigued.
Given that we were
broke on a budget, Netflix was one of the few luxuries that we could afford. At less than ten dollars a month it was an absolute steal, allowing us to absorb ourselves in some of our favorite movies and television series’ anytime and anywhere we wanted.
Now, with twin preschoolers running around, Netflix has become an unofficial part of our family. We take it everywhere with us in order to keep the little ones occupied. We watch it on our tablet during road trips. We use it on our smart phones during down times; and we even watch it in line at the grocery store (Because patience isn’t one of a 3-year-old’s strongest suits). Netflix is our homeboy, and we’re not sure what we’d do without it.
This year, we’ve decided to incorporate Netflix into our Thanksgiving holiday. I’m bringing it into the kitchen with me as I create my special dishes, and we’re allowing our family and friends to select a favorite show or movie to watch as we relax and recover after Thanksgiving dinner. Netflix has made it super easy to bring the family together with selections of movies and TV shows that are the perfect complement to a holiday gathering.
Netflix has the Christmas classics like A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol. They also have the series Man vs. Wild. This show has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but it happens to be one of my personal favorites. (I just get all riled up seeing a grown man bite the heads off of snakes and survive in the jungle. That’s what I’ll use to get myself revved up to do some good cooking in the kitchen. Mm hm.)
Australian super-chef and Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone apparently loves Netflix just as much as my family and I do. He’s taken the time to create a few recipes inspired by some of his favorite streaming shows.
These are dishes you can bring to Thanksgiving dinner that will really surprise your guests, and can also prove to be an awesome way to get your kids to try a few new foods.
Lucky for you, I’ve snagged one of those awesome recipes and have it here to share with you just in time for the holidays!
Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Barbecued Ribs
So, who’s Freddy? Well, he’s a character from me and the husband’s favorite Netflix series, House of Cards. The main character Frank (played by Kevin Spacey) is a sneaky, slimy politician that you absolutely love to hate. His favorite haunt happens to be Freddy’s BBQ joint where you see him regularly indulge in some tasty-looking sticky saucy ribs.
Well, I made these ribs not too long ago, and they’re absolutely delicious. They’re vinegary, mustardy, sweet, and have a touch of heat. They’re the perfect addition to a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast and they’ll have you licking your fingers and slapping the chef long after everyone’s plates are clean.
Prep Time: 5 hours (includes marinating)
Cook Time: 2 ½ hours
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup whiskey
1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 racks pork baby back ribs (2 1/2-pounds each)
3/4 cup cider vinegar
To prepare the spice rub:
- The day before you cook the ribs, make the spice rub. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin together. Place the ribs on 2 large baking sheets and rub the ribs all over with the spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
Meanwhile, to make the barbecue sauce:
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the garlic is tender.
- Stir in the paprika, then stir in the whisky and vinegar, bring just to a simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the broth, ketchup, honey, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Bring the sauce to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring often to prevent scorching, for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly. Remove from the heat.
To bake the ribs:
- Position the racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover the ribs on the baking sheets with foil. Bake the ribs, rotating the baking sheets and basting the ribs after the first 45 minutes, and recovering them with foil, for 1 1/2 hours, or until the ribs are tender and the meat has shrunk from the ends of the bones.
- Uncover the ribs, baste them with the barbecue sauce and continue baking for 10 minutes, brushing them lightly with the barbecue sauce every few minutes or so, allowing the sauce to set before applying the next coat.
- Using a large sharp knife, cut the racks into individual ribs. Arrange the ribs on a platter and serve with the remaining sauce on the side.
- Enjoy! Then after you've finished licking your fingers clean, head over to Like Netflix on Facebook, Follow @Netflix on Twitter, and Follow Netflix on Pinterest!
Which Netflix shows or movies will you be enjoying in the kitchen or after dinner this holiday season? Let me see them in the comments!