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Braised Pork with Butter Pan Seared Apples + Pears

Cooking for other people feels like a love letter. So, it was amazing to be able to "spread some love" with two of my favorite tribe members (Jenny and Angie) on Saturday night. Pork ribs are a fairly inexpensive cut of meat that offers a huge bang for its buck.


In this video, I seasoned the pork ribs with kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper and garlic salt and then seared the meat on both sides in a black bottom skillet. I transferred the ribs to a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and glazed the ribs with a homemade BBQ sauce (I did a "wet sauce" with brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, orange peel and some local pepper infused honey). I let the ribs braise for 4 hours at 250 degrees until the meat was falling apart. I flipped the ribs half way through the cook time and applied the remaining BBQ sauce to the other side.


While the ribs braised, I took half a stick of butter and melted it in a small sauce pan. I peeled and sliced apples and pears and stirred the fruit in the hot butter until the fruit was soft and tender. When the meat was fully braised, I served the ribs on a bed of dark bib lettuce and garnished with the apples and pears. Totally delicious and the perfect meal for a wet cold April evening in Illinois.

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