Nothing says May Beef Month like beef short ribs!  I love ribs, and especially during the spring and summer when the evenings are so enjoyable.  Any opportunity to be outside on a summer’s evening is more than welcomed by me!  An easy way to fix short ribs is on the grill, the tricky part is ensuring they remain tender throughout the cooking process.  This is an easy and tasty meal that requires no silverware!  So pour yourself a glass of tea and head for the porch to enjoy Easy Beef Ribs & Fixins!

Easy Short Ribs
Beef Short Ribs
Orange Juice (Any Citrus Juice will work)
Cavenders Seasoning
Montreal Steak Seasoning

The day before you plan to cook the ribs, trim excess fat, and put in a zip lock bag covered with juice.  Ensure the ribs are entirely covered and leave them to soak until the next evening.  (For best results soak for at least 24 hours)  The night of grilling, remove them from the bag and pour out the juice.  I chose to season them with Cavenders and Montreal, a great combo!  Season them well because some of the seasonings will drip off with the fat.  I grilled them on a charcoal grill, make sure that the coals are all a gray/white color before putting the ribs on.  They need to cook long and slow for tenderness!  Place the ribs on the edges of the grill, cook until they are medium, remove from grill, let them rest for a bit and serve!  

So tasty!

Baked Sweet Potato French Fries

Sweet Potato
Butter
Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Sugar

Slice the sweet potato into French fry size pieces. Arrange them on a cookie sheet.  Slice chunks of butter and place sporadically on the sweet potato pieces.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.  Lightly sprinkle sugar for added deliciousness!  Bake at 375° for 15 min then turn them over and bake for another 15 min or until they are crispy.

Easy Peasy Fried Okra

2 Bags Frozen Breaded Okra
Oil
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Heat oil, once oil is popping hot it is ready.  Drop the okra into the oil.  When it floats it is read to remove from the oil.  (My Uncle Bob’s secret!)  Place them in a paper towel covered bowl and season with season salt!  So simple and easy!  I love fresh fried okra, but sometimes it is hard to find, so frozen is a great alternative!

Costs of Easy Beef Ribs & Fixins

2 Packages Beef Short Ribs- $6.50 (They were home grown, courtesy of Ryan Goodman)
Orange Juice- $2.50
Sweet Potatoes- $2.00
Butter- $0.60
Frozen Breaded Okra- $4.00
Oil- $1.00
Seasonings- $1.50
Total Cost- $18.10 (Serves 6)
Cost Per Plate – $3.01

Gather your family, and spend the gorgeous summer evening outside grilling beef ribs during May Beef Month!

Happy Trails,

~Anna-Lisa

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