The other day I was looking for pork belly at Costco, but alas, they were out. So I looked around the pork refrigerator, and settled on “boneless pork shoulder country-style ribs,” which looked like gorgeous slabs of meat, with beautiful fat marbling throughout.
At home, I researched how to cook them, and came up with the following method, a combination of several of the recipes I found. We really enjoyed these country style ribs. They’re meaty and tender, and the fat, oh the glorious fat, melts into them as they slowly cook, then crisps up beautifully under the broiler.
Since this is such a fatty cut of meat, a little goes a long way – 8 oz cooked ribs per person is plenty. As for sides, simply serve these ribs with a tossed salad or some plain steamed veggies. They are so rich and fatty and satisfying, there’s really no need for anything else. Click for the recipe
When you get used to eating low carb, you no longer “need” bread to hold your burgers or hot dogs. I used to love bread, but now I consider bread as an unnecessary filler. I’d much rather have an extra beef patty, than have just one patty sandwiched in bread. The bonus: steady blood sugar and effortless weight maintenance.
When I eat burgers, I usually just put them on a plate and use a knife and a fork. This bunless burger “sandwich” is another way to enjoy meat, cheese and veggie layers without bread. It’s admittedly more fun than using a knife and a fork, and it is always a hit with kids, who find the “meat bun” funny – and fun. Click for the recipe
Confession: I’m not a huge fan of kale – I find it bitter. But I can’t get enough crispy kale chips, and I love this yummy, cheesy kale casserole. Click for the recipe
Bacon makes everything better, and meatloaf is no exception. Wrapping the meatloaf in bacon imparts wonderful flavor, and keeps the meatloaf from drying. Click for the recipe
At Costco the other day, I saw these gorgeous, well-marbled, prime grade boneless chuck short ribs:
Of course I had to buy them! But when it was time to cook them, there was no way I was going to brown them first, make a complicated sauce, check on them every 30 minutes… I wanted to just put them in the oven and forget about it.
So I was grateful to find this easy recipe on the Food Network. Obviously, I wasn’t going to use the sweet sauce (my blood sugar went up just reading the recipe!), but I really liked it otherwise. So I made my own, non-sweet marinade, baked the ribs slowly, and was rewarded, three hours later, with very flavorful, tender, low carb short ribs. Click for the recipe
While I wouldn’t dream of turning a fatty, juicy ribeye steak into kabobs, I find that top sirloin is a bit on the lean side for my taste, so when it’s on sale and I do buy it, I like to turn it into well-seasoned beef kabobs. Click for the recipe
Lamb shoulder chops require low, slow cooking, so they’re ideal for your slow cooker. The reward for your patience? Intensely flavorful, delightfully fatty, melt-in-your-mouth meat. Click for the recipe