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Something to cook with a side of ribs

Mike BMike B Posts: 8
edited 6:28PM in EggHead Forum
Still new to this but having a ball using my family as guinea pigs... Having some guests over Saturday evening, and was looking at doing a side of pork ribs. Cooking indirect at about 230 for about 4 hours or so. Looking for suggestions of another meat I can put on there at this temp, so they can cook together. I could start the other meat earlier, but would prefer something within a few hours of the same cook time as the ribs. I have a large BGE.
Thanks for any and all suggestions !!


  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    These only take a couple hours, but are great. They are Hormel marinaded pork loins.

  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,103
    Welcome to the "CULT". And to go as a side dish. These usually are done in a dutch oven on the BGE, but a crockpot for a few hours on high works very well when you are short of space. Did a batch this past weekend for a birthday party. Used pork tips from the ribs, chopped. Might even use a second can of cherries the next time.

    Beans, Baked, Keri's Hog-Apple, Thirdeye

    I was thinkin' this might just the ticket for the Memorial Day weekend...Beans are one of my favorite side dishes. I have several of my own favorites, and 3 or 4 recipes from other folks I use. I generally cook beans (pinto and Great Northern) from scratch. With one or two exceptions I don't use canned beans, and I don't really care for the sweet BBQ baked beans. But I love cooking for others and BBQ baked beans are very popular, so lately the quest was on to find a GREAT recipe for baked beans. I have found it. You may be familiar with Keri C, who posts on several barbecue forums, her recipes are legendary. About 15 people recommended her recipe to me, here it is. The apple pie filling and the sausage are wonderful additions. This is a keeper.~thirdeye~


    3-4 Slices Bacon, diced
    2 16 Oz Can Pork and beans, mostly drained (modified to 2 28-oz cans Bush's Baked Beans - see note below)
    1/2 cup Blues Hog BBQ Sauce (or other sweet-spicy favorite)
    1 lb smoked leftover smoked pork or beef, more or less, or 1 lb crumbled cooked pork sausage
    1 Can Apple pie filling
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1/2 green pepper, chopped
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
    2 Tbs Mustard (prepared)
    1 tsp chipotle or cayenne powder (optional, to taste*)
    1 tsp Blues Hog barbecue rub (or your favorite de jour)

    1 Brown bacon, and saute onion and green pepper in bacon grease. Mix in remaining ingredients. Bake at 325º for 1 hour, or simmer on stovetop in large pot for 30 minutes if you don't have time to do them in the oven. Serves 12.
    2 This recipe began life as APPLE PIE BAKED BEANS from somewhere on the web, but I think I've made enough changes to it now to claim it as my own. This is my standard for baked beans anymore.
    3 *This is a rather spicy recipe due to the chipotle/cayenne powder. Feel free to leave it out if you'll be feeding those who prefer a less spicy taste.
    4 Keri C, smokin' on Tulsa Time
    5 09/18/07
    Add all the goo from the pie filling. The beans get a rinse. ~thirdeye~

    Recipe Type
    Side Dish

    Recipe Source
    Source: BGE Forum, Thirdeye, 2007/05/26


    First off, as you have probably heard, Keri's recipe is outstanding. It is one of three recipes which use canned beans that I make. (and one is a pasta/bean thing which does not even count). Anyway, I have made it both ways and something closer to the 2 - 28's is a real crowd pleaser.

    I drain and rinse the beans in a colander so the can juice does not interfere with the magic in this recipe.

    2009/06/17--Vadalia1-- I like it with peaches a lot better... Someone else mentioned cherries, give a nice3 color. Kim Youngblood (aka vidalia1) Lawrenceville, GA

    2009/06/17--Thirdeye: :Randy, Because these are so good, I asked Keri a couple of years ago if I could add it to my site...I didn't get an reply one way or the other, so I didn't post it there. Plan on printing up copies of the recipe to hand out.....they are that well liked. Jack's Old South makes a version with peach pie filling and just this year Rick's Tropical Delight made another similar version with cherry pie filling. the color on Rick's were outstanding. I haven't gotten around to trying them yet.

    2009/07/25-Richard Fl. Did a batch today with cherries. Great flavor. Be sure to drain the beans but not the pie filling.
  • BoatmanBoatman Posts: 854
    How about some cajun corn B)



    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Cajun Corn

    ¼ cup butter
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    3 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels, cooked
    5 teaspoons Creole seasoning
    2 tablespoons chopped parsley

    Toss the butter in a skillet and melt it over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook until soft, but not brown. Dump in the corn and give it a stir. Add the Creole seasoning and cook for several minutes to warm up the corn and give it a bit of a toasty taste. Stir in the parsley. Scrape everything into a bowl and serve. Feeds 4.
  • JeffersonianJeffersonian Posts: 4,244
    I'm not sure if that's the same brand we get at Sam's, but they have a portabello-peppercorn marinated loin that is just out of this world, and yep, it takes about 2 hours @ 300*


    As for what to cook along side the ribs (and they really need to go longer, about 5-6 hours), you might look at a small butt (5# would go about 10 hours).
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,670
    Maybe a couple of fatties


    or a few ABT's

  • ewillieewillie Posts: 155
    Those look great, I have something new to try this weekend. Cheers, Erik
  • Mike BMike B Posts: 8
    Wow all these suggestions look great. I think I'll have to try more than one! Will be back on Sunday and let you know how it all worked out.
    Thanks again for taking the time to give me some pointers.
  • pouchmanpouchman Posts: 73
    Mike what brand of sausage is that? Store bought? I made some not too long ago, I think it was Farmlands & it came out great!
  • pouchmanpouchman Posts: 73
    Mike what brand of sausage is that? Store bought? I made some not too long ago, I think it was Farmlands & it came out great!
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