Crockpot BBQ Short Ribs

So my sister & her husband run this amazing farm out in Pennsylvania, and I always buy her meat (basically the happiest cows on earth). The last time I placed an order, I decided to be adventurous and buy some ribs. Problem is, I have never cooked ribs… and I don’t have a grill, which is probably the best way to make them. However, I am all about research, creating new recipes, and making them as easy as possible to put together. Also, you can’t ever go wrong with grassfed meat & bbq sauce ūüôā Recipe is below!

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Crockpot BBQ Short Ribs

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 lbs short ribs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke

Instructions:

Onions Prep

Combine all spices + liquid smoke with 1/4 cup of brown sugar & cover/rub into ribs. Let sit overnight, if possible. Cut up onion & place at bottom of crockpot. Place ribs on top, then cover ribs with BBQ sauce. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

CrockpotRibs BBQRibs

Combine 1/4 cup of brown sugar with 1/4 cup of bbq sauce & rub over ribs. Place ribs on a foil sheet & broil in oven until caramelized. Serve with a side & Enjoy!

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Chocolate Salted Caramel Nutella Brownies

Soooo sometimes I like to bake… And also, when I have a bunch of things in my cupboard that I forgot about. When I run into this conundrum, I like to throw all forgotten¬†items¬†together and see what happens. Insert: Baileys salted caramel liqueur, trader joe’s cocoa almond spread, caramel, and eggs that were going to expire soon. End result? A pan of ooey, gooey brownies, topped with chocolate caramel gelato and melted caramel sauce.¬†Recipe is below!

salted caramel brownies

Chocolate Salted Caramel Nutella Brownies

Ingredients:

salted caramel brownies

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients in 1 bowl, minus the caramel sauce and gelato. The consistency should be a little thicker than a normal brownie mix – If it looks a little runny, add in a little bit more flour. Grease a 9×9 glass pan with butter and pour the mixture in.

Nutella Brownie Batter

Bake for a total of 25-30 minutes. 5-10 minutes before the brownies are finished, take out and drizzle caramel sauce over top, then put back in oven for the remaining time. The caramel should be bubbling a little bit, and the brownies should a little gooey when they are taken out. Serve warm, topped with chocolate gelato, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a pinch of salt. Enjoy!

salted caramel brownies

Paleo Spicy Bison Burgers

Paleo Spicy Bison Burgers!

Served with a side of steamed broccoli & sweet potatoes topped w/franks red hot sauce

Paleo Spicy Bison Burgers

Ingredients:

For the burgers:

  • 16 oz bison/buffalo (beef would work too)
  • 1/4 cup franks red hot sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp trader joes South African smoke seasoning blend
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

For the Sweet Potato “Buns”

  • 1-2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup franks red hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup oil (I used olive)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Put foil over pan. Cut sweet potatoes into thin slices and place into a bowl. Make sure you cut enough slices for the amount of burgers you are making. Cut the remaining sweet potato into cubes and place in bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients with the sweet potatoes, tossing until all is covered in the mix. Place on foil -covered baking sheet and put in oven for 30 minutes.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, place all burger ingredients in a bowl except for the olive oil and mix thoroughly. Pour olive oil in a pan to coat and turn heat on medium. Shape patties to your desired shape/size and place in pan. Cover with a lid and cook on med-high for about 5 minutes. Flip burgers and cook for another few minutes until they are brown. In the meantime, flip sweet potatoes in oven about 15-20 minutes in. Once all food is done cooking, assemble bison patties on sweet potato “buns.” Top off with franks hot sauce and enjoy!

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Paleo Chocolate Banana and Bacon Brownies

Bananas + Chocolate = the best. + Bacon = even better. I had some aging bananas that needed to be eaten, so I decided to make banana bread – one of my favorite things to eat! However, I don’t really like to eat anything made with nuts, almond flour or anything coconut. I am terrible at being Paleo, I know. I finally came up with the idea to make some Banana bread with a twist – chocolate & bacon. The ingredients kept coming to me, piece by piece, and I finally put the recipe together. However, upon eating this “bread”, I decided they were too moist and delicious to be called bread. So I changed the name to brownie, which most people like better anyways. Recipe is below!

Paleo Chocolate Banana Bacon Brownies

Paleo Banana Chocolate & Bacon Brownies

[Nut free (if not adding almond butter), dairy free, grain free, sugar free, soy free.]

Ingredients

  • Wet Ingredients
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 2-3 eggs (I used 3, and my brownies turned out a little eggy… so 2 might be better to use)
  • 4 Tbsp bacon fat (or you could use coconut oil, but bacon makes it taste 7892632 times better)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (optional)

Ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tbps tapioca/arrowroot flour
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 4-5 bacon strips, extra crispy

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Cook your bacon strips on the stove top & gather the leftover bacon fat. Once the bacon is cooled down, put the strips in a plastic bag and smash to pieces. Set aside for later. Combine 3-4 tablespoons of the fat with the bananas, and mash up as much as you can. Grease a glass pan (I used a bread pan, you could use an 8×8 brownie pan) with the leftover bacon fat, making sure a little is left on the bottom of the pan (**This is necessary, because your brownies soak up the extra bacon fat. yum). Combine the rest of the wet ingredients with a mixer (or blender). There still might be some banana chunks left over, but that’s ok.

Mix Ingredients

Mix all of the dry ingredients together and slooowwwly add to the wet ingredients. I say slowly, because your face will be engulfed in a cloud of cacao powder if you try to mix everything in at once. I know, from experience. Mix in half of the bacon bits into the bowl. **If you added chia seeds, let them soak up a little of the moisture before baking. Pour batter into pan (I used a bread pan and 2 mason jars, for eating chocolate bacon heaven on the run) and top with the remaining pieces of crushed up bacon.

Brownies

Place in oven and bake for 25-35 minutes, being careful not to over cook. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes (psh, who does that??), topping with (optional) chocolate chips, maple syrup or honey. I honestly don’t know how many people this serves, but when creating the recipe, I put that it serves 8. Macros/Calories per serving are posted¬†below. Enjoy!

Chocolate Bacon BRownies

I ate too much brownie

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Paleo Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Recipe adapted from paleoleap (Sweet Potato Buffalo Chicken Casserole). Paleo & Whole30 approved!

Buffalo Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 large sweet potato, no skin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder;
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp smoked south african pepper (from trader joes)
  • 4-5 tbsp Franks Red hot sauce
  • 1/8-1/4 cup melted ghee (from trader joes)
  • Optional: butter lettuce/spices

Sweet Potatoes and Chicken

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Combine all ingredients except for sweet potatoes and chicken into a bowl. Chop chicken up into small pieces and add to bowl. Peel skin off of sweet potatoes (or leave on, I just don’t like the skin) and cut into small cubes. Add to bowl and coat everything with the sauce/spices. Pour mixture into a pan/dish (size doesn’t matter) and cook in oven for 35-45 minutes, or until sweet potatoes have softened. **If you don’t want your chicken cooking that long, pre-cook your sweet potato before cutting up and putting in mix.

You can also just throw everything in a crockpot and cook for a few hours!

I placed the mix on a bed of butter lettuce! Enjoy!

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