John’s Mom’s Ribs and Lanie’s Greens

We had some friends for dinner, and when I mentioned ribs, John told me his mom’s recipe.  It sounded so good, Don wanted to make them that way.  I added a couple of things (I know you’re surprised).

John's Mom's Ribs

John’s Mom's Ribs

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: Serves 6-8


  • 2 slabs baby back ribs (cut into 2 rib portions)
  • 2 quarts apple juice (you might need a little more)
  • Salt
  • BBQ sauce
  • 1 TBSP smoke flavor
  • Frankly Delicious all purpose seasoning (or seasoning of your choice)


  1. Place ribs in big stockpot. Cover with apple juice, sprinkle with salt. Boil for 1 1/2 hours. At this point you can leave them in the fridge for a day or two.
  2. When you get ready to cook and serve the ribs. Heat grill on high, about 400.
  3. Mix BBQ sauce and smoke flavor. Brush it on both sides of ribs, then sprinkle with seasoning.
  4. Grill about 7 minutes per side, and serve.
  5. If you have any to heat up the next day, serve with extra BBQ sauce.

I couldn’t bear to throw out all the apple juice that I cooked the ribs in, so voila a greens recipe that the apple perfectly complements.  They are very delicious, with that bit of sweet.  Serve them with the ribs, for a perfect pairing.

Lanie's Greens


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kale, as much as you like, cleaned
  • Apple juice from cooking ribs
  • Granulated onion powder
  • Granulated garlic powder
  • Tony Chachere
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cooked, crumbled bacon


  1. Heat 2-3 TBSP oil in a skillet.
  2. Add greens, cover, and start to wilt a couple minutes. Add a little apple juice, cover and continue cooking. Add juice as needed. Cook greens 25-45 minutes, depending on how you like them and how tender they are.
  3. Add all seasonings while cooking.
  4. Add bacon at the end.