The Easiest Summer Barbecue Ever— Ribs, Beans, Slaw, Dessert

If your fear-of-ruining-a-pile-of-ribs keeps your backyard grilling events stuck in hamburger mode, you can let those fears go with these easy barbecue recipes. You’re about to learn a fool-proof, easier-than-easy method for turning out perfect baby back ribs every time you give it a try.

Just in time for your next barbecue: Easy Baby Back Ribs,  Coleslaw, Baked Beans, and Grilled Peaches to round out any summer celebration.

delicious bbq ribs with beans, cole slaw and a tangy bbq sauce

Easy Baby Back Ribs

You will need:

  • baby back pork ribs (3 slabs)
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • your favorite barbecue sauce
delicious bbq ribs with beans, cole slaw and a tangy bbq sauce
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Easy Baby Back Ribs

Here it is—a fool-proof, easier-than-easy method for turning out perfect baby back ribs every time!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 442kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 ½ lbs baby back pork ribs (3 slabs)
  • 2 tspns salt
  • 2 tspns garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tspns ground black pepper
  • 1 18-oz bottle favorite barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300F
  • Remove thin membrane from back of ribs by slicing into ribs with a knife and pulling membrane off with paper towels.
  • combine salt, garlic powder and pepper; rub all over meaty side of ribs. Cut racks in half, if desired.
  • Arrange ribs in a large roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil Bake 3 hours or until very tender.
  • Uncover and cool for 15 minutes. Drain.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat (about 350F.)
  • Place ribs, meaty side up, on grill rack rubbed with oil. Generously, baste meaty side only with barbecue sauce.
  • Grill, covered with grill lid, 10 minutes.
  • Baste again, and grill 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until sauce clings to ribs.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg

Creamy Coleslaw

This is the coleslaw recipe you want to accompany baby back ribs, meats, chicken, or fish. Just to be on the safe side you might want to double the recipe. That’s how good it is!

You will need:

  • cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • onion
  • sugar
  • mayonnaise
  • vinegar
  • poppy seeds
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
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Creamy Coleslaw

Here’s the coleslaw recipe you want to accompany grilled meats, chicken, or fish. Just to be on the safe side you might want to double the recipe. That’s how good it is.
Prep Time10 mins
Chill in refrigerator2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 239kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh cabbage, shredded OR a 16-oz bag coleslaw mix
  • 2 tbsp diced onion
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated, white sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • ¼ tspn salt
  • ½ tspn poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Combine the shredded cabbage (or coleslaw mix) and onion in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. 
  • Pour dressing mixture over cabbage (or coleslaw mix) and toss to coat. 
  • Chill at least 2 hours before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Baked Beans

You will need:

  • bacon
  • baked beans (canned)
  • pinto beans (canned)
  • kidney beans (canned)
  • chili beans (canned)
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
A cup of baked beans on a rustic wooden table
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Best Baked Beans Ever

Southern-style homemade Baked Beans with Bacon in a thick, rich, glossy sauce with a perfect balance of sweet and a hint of tang. An essential side for a blow out summer barbecue or anytime barbecue feast! Because this recipe uses canned beans (see NOTE), it's quick and so easy.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Resting time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 674kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 4 cans baked beans See NOTE
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can chili beans, drained
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tspn Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese optional, but you really should give it a try!

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Cook and stir bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Mix bacon, baked beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, chili beans, brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl.
  • Pour into a large baking dish; top with Parmesan cheese—optional, but you really need to give this a try. You will be amazed...
  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and cheese is melted, about 45 minutes. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes before serving.

Notes

Regular-sized cans. Depending on the brand and its contents, the regular size will have a net weight of about 15, 15.25, 15.5 or 16 oz. 

Nutrition

Calories: 674kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1278mg | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 5mg

Grilled Peaches

Get ready for the most unusual, absolutely delicious, grilled dessert—the perfect way to close an awesome barbecue.

You will need:

  • sugar
  • balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh peaches with peel, halved and pitted
  • blue cheese, crumbled
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Grilled Peaches with Balsamic and Blue Cheese

Get ready for the most unusual, absolutely delicious, grilled dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 178kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tbspns white granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tspns fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 large, ripe peaches with peel halved and pitted
  • 2 ½ ounces blue cheese crumbled

Instructions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the white sugar, balsamic vinegar, and pepper.
  • Simmer until liquid has reduced by one half. It should become slightly thicker. 
  • Remove from heat, and set aside.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. 
  • Place peaches on the prepared grill, cut side down. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the flesh is caramelized.
  • Turn peaches over. Brush the top sides with the balsamic glaze, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the peach halves to individual serving dishes, and drizzle with remaining glaze. Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe multiplies well! Doubling this recipe would serve 8 people, at the rate of 1/2 peach per person. 

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg

 

 

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  1. Wendy Holm says:

    Just a calorie and time savings on the cole slaw dressing: I use a 50/50 combination of Ken’s poppy seed dressing and Skinny Girl poppy seed dressing, using a half cup total for a bag of cole slaw mix. It’s delicious and I figure calories for the dressing and the cole slaw mix at about 45 cals per serving, if you are figuring 8 servings as Mary did. Ken’s made a lite poppy seed dressing for a long time, and it appears they still do, but I can’t find it in our local stores, so I went to the combo. I make it almost daily–we eat a lot of cole slaw.

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