Ok, so yesterday was a busy day for us. I’ll cover what all we had going on in a different post, but just for this one I want to cover what I did for dinner – in order to make sure we didn’t order out or go out to eat and spend unnecessary money.
Now, I keep a monthly calendar of meals planned (dinner only), right? So I had planned ribs for yesterday, Saturday. Here’s the thing – I didn’t realize that it was our Saturday to serve in the children’s ministry at church. Ribs are not something that take a few minutes to bake/grill. We had to be at church at 4:40 pm and chances were, since service doesn’t end until around 6:30 pm, we wouldn’t be home until close to 7 pm. We normally eat dinner around 6 pm and have our son heading to bed at 8 pm. So Saturday night would be TIGHT when we got home from church. Yes, eating take-out would have been super easy. But I think that’s money that didn’t need to be spent. So I racked my brain for something, anything, that would be just as easy and much more budget-friendly.
I remembered that we had ribs, already cooked and grilled, from a while ago. No, I don’t remember how long ago. I just remembered that they were already fully cooked and in the freezer. So I did what I always do when I need to know if my cooking/baking idea will work – I call my mom. I told her I wanted to either bake the ribs or throw them in the crock pot while we were at church. That way they would be ready when we got home. I said I was thinking that a bit of water in the bottom of the pan or the crock pot would keep them moist. She said she didn’t see why that wouldn’t work. If I put it in the oven, keep it at 250 or lower and if I put it in the crock pot, keep it on a super low setting as well. She also suggested I throw on more barbecue sauce to help add moisture in, as ribs can dry out quite quickly.
To round out the meal, I threw some rice in our steamer around 3:45 pm and cooked some corn as well. Once those were done, I let them cool down for a few minutes and then placed them into plastic containers and into the fridge, ready for a quick re-heat when we got home from church. Then I prepped the ribs – I had thawed them during the day and around 4:oo pm, I placed some water in the bottom of the crock pot, along with about 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce. I then put a layer of ribs down, slathered them in barbecue sauce and placed the last layer of ribs on top of the first, with more barbecue sauce on top.
Again, at the advice of my mom, I placed tin foil on top of the crock pot, under the lid and then put the lid on. This would seal all the moisture inside as well. I placed the crock pot on “8 hours” and out the door we went. We got home right around 7 pm and the house smelled amazing! I was a little worried about opening the crock pot, but there was no reason – the ribs were amazing!
They were succulent and the meat fell right off the bones. Didn’t dry out at all! Considering they were previously frozen, thawed and reheated in a crock pot? I’m really happy! Thanks to my mama for helping me with this – it was soooooo easy and made for not only a delicious reheated meal, but also yummy leftovers today (and I still have quite a bit left over, so this meal has made quite a bit for us, since they were originally made!).
I’m a huge proponent of “waste not, want not”, especially when it comes to food. I like to use up leftovers in a quiche, casseroles or whatever inventive way I can. There’s no reason to let food go to waste! I’ll be sharing more ways that I re-use our left-overs as I make them. 🙂