Country Style Ribs



  • 3 lbs. country style ribs
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  • 18" heavy duty aluminum foil
  • shallow roasting pan (can be one-time use foil pan)
  • small to medium sauce pan


  1. Preheat your oven to 300° F.
  2. Create a sealable bag from aluminum foil. To do this, cut two pieces 18"x36" and fold in half. Stack the folded sheets with the creased edges together. Roll and crimp each of the remaining 3 (loose) sides at least three times. Make sure that everything is nice and tight and that it produces a good seal. The open end of the bag should be the creased (folded) edge.
  3. Lay the bag in the roasting pan. Place the ribs carefully into the bag. Be careful not to accidentally puncture the bag with any sharp bone edges.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Carefully pour the sauce into the bag. Roll and crimp the remaining edge to form a watertight seal (at least 3 times as before).
  6. Bake at 300° F for 3 hours.
  7. Remove from oven and cut one corner of the bag to gain access to the liquids inside. Carefully pour the liquids into a sauce pan and re-crimp the cut edge. Let the ribs rest while finishing the sauce.
  8. Reduce the liquids until thickened. This will probably take a while. Stir frequently.
  9. Fire up your broiler.
  10. Open the bag-o-ribs and arrange them on the roasting pan (easier said than done—they will be very tender). Pour the sauce over the ribs, taking care to coat each one completely. You may want to lift each rib slightly to ensure that the sauce gets underneath.
  11. It will only take a few minutes under the broiler for the sauce to begin to caramelize. When they've reached the desired state, put on a bib.
  12. Serve hot with whatever you want, because good ribs go with anything.

Books I Want My Daughter to Read


I'm not a huge science fiction or fantasy fan, but there are some books that have left their collective mark on me. This is a list of books that I loved both growing up and as a grown-up. I've read many of them more than once.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Seaward by Susan Cooper

The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper

Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Mostly Harmless
And Another Thing... (by Eoin Colfer)

The Harry Potter Series by J. K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Young Wizards Series by Diane Duane

So You Want to be a Wizard
Deep Wizardry
High Wizardry
A Wizard Abroad
The Wizard's Dilemma
A Wizard Alone
Wizard's Holiday
Wizards at War
A Wizard of Mars

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician's Nephew
The Last Battle

Incidentally, a set of three books is a trilogy, four is a tetralogy, and pentalogyhexalogyheptalogyoctalogyennealogy, and decalogy are used for five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten, respectively.