Monday, February 21, 2011

Ribs, Sweet Potato Fries, and Rhubarb Surprise!

This is just good comfort food and if you're a rhubarb fan, you're in for a guiltless paleo feast. First a word about spices - don't be cheap. Find a spice shop, virtual or brick 'n mortar, and get the good stuff. I did recently, and man it makes a difference. You'll see I included shallot salt - awesome stuff but you may not find it at your local haunt. Smoked paprika is another one - get it. You might spend a little more but remember, it cost less than open heart surgery so splurge a little - money well spent. This meal is close to 5 blocks (ignore the wine - more about that later). I can't figure exactly how much fat and meat in on a rib - i don't have a calorimeter dang it.

Ribs, Fries, and Rhubarb Surprise

About 6 pork ribs - i buy the stuff from Costco. Get higher quality if you can.
Dry rub them with shallot salt, lemon pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and celery salt. Get the barbecue going.
Now slice 8 oz of sweet potato ( I like the garnet ones). Melt a about a tablespoon or so of coconut oil and coat them with it. Arrange on a baking sheet and sprinkle with shallot salt, cayenne pepper (not too much), and sea salt. Get that oven pre-heated to 425F. The ribs and sweet potatoes took about 30 minutes for me - so i would start them at the same time. When they're nearly done, get about 3 oz of snowpeas, spice 'em up, and saute in a little coconut oil. Now about that wine! I don't normally plug wine. It's debatable (but arguable) paleo food. However, health-wise, few debate that a little red wine is good for you. I paired a 2006 Beauregard Cabernet Sauvignon with this dish - FANTASTIC. I know Ryan Beauregard - he's out in California, not paleo but he LOOKS at bit paleo ;-) Either way, he makes great wine and he ships it Beauregard Vineyards
I know you've been patiently waiting for desert - here it is...

Hot Rhubarb with Coconut Ice Cream!
6 oz chopped rhubarb
1/2 teaspoon orange peel zest
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut ice cream
Don't eat any rhubarb leaves, cuz, ummm, it'll kill ya and someone will have to right a book and postulate where you stubbed your toe on this paleo gig.. So, get a small skillet - add water and rubarb and heat to boiling. Once rhubarb starts to soften and water is nearly gone, add maple syrup, orange zest, and cinnamon.
Keep heating/stirring for another 5 minutes. Place in two small bowls and add 2 tablespoons each coconut ice cream (coconut bliss and purely decadent are good brands - sells at Whole Paycheck here in Boulder). Or you can top with coconut whipped cream per previous post..) It's tart and yummy - enjoy! Steve "Paleo"


  1. Neat recipes, Steve. Attractive, colorful, mostly healthful. heid

  2. Steve - are you referring to Savory Spice Shop on Broadway? Thanks!

  3. I loved the rhubarb surprise! It's so easy to make, I might be having this on a regular basis!

  4. Hi Steve, the link for the vineyard should be Love the blog!

  5. These sweet potato fries look awesome, I'd been missing the old regular fries so maybe these will help curb the cravings :)

  6. @Julie - no, it's called Penzey's. It's on Pearl Street.

  7. This will be the first time I have tried rhubarb, but it looks great and I'm giving it a shot!

  8. I completely agree about buying the more expensive spices. I had no idea how much of a difference it made. I'll never buy cheap spices again.