Happy Father’s Day, A Manly Menu!

Sundays mean pork and barbeque around my house, the men in my life LOVE THE PIG~it’s usually a Boston Butt, cooked low and slow all afternoon.  Last Sunday was rainy so HHjr decided to try a recipe for ribs that begins in the oven and finishes on the grill.  This would be perfect for your guy on Father’s Day, you could make the sauce for him and do the preliminary cooking and then let him light his grill and get the glory!
Father’s Day Menu Made Easy!
2 step Barbeque Ribs
2 step ribs 1 thepaintedapron.com
Magic Potatoes  for photos and recipe click here
magic potatoes thepaintedapron.com
Summer Squash Salad Saute  {recipe below}
summer squash salad thepaintedapron.com
Tempura Onion Rings  for photos and recipe click here
onion rings thepaintedapron.com
Creamy Chocolate Strawberry Tart for photos and recipe click here
chocolate strawberry tart thepaintedapron.com
Seriously, any man’s dream meal!
Let’s start with the ribs.

Don’t be put off by the number of ingredients, it’s really easy and sooooooo good!

First make the sauce, then

bbq sauce thepaintedapron.com
make a dry rub and put it generously all over the ribs, reserving the remaining rub for finishing after they are grilled.  Then you wrap the ribs in heavy duty foil and bake for 1 1/4 hours.
oven ribs thepaintedapron.com
Now they are ready to hand off to your man for the final grilling.  All he has to do is light the grill and do a little basting at the end!
2 step ribs thepaintedapron.com
Sprinkle with some reserved rub and serve with extra sauce
2 step ribs 2 thepaintedapron.com
For the Summer Squash Salad Saute
Slice some zucchini and yellow squash, cut corn from a fresh ear or two, round up some olive oil fresh lemons, garlic, basil, walnuts, Parmesan and chives
summer squash salad 3 thepaintedapron.com
Saute the veggies in a skillet over medium high heat in a little olive oil and minced garlic.  Squeeze lemon over all, sprinkle with salt and pepper and lemon zest.
summer squash salad 1 thepaintedapron.com
Toss in walnuts and basil and serve.  This is such an easy, tasty summer side dish!
Here are the recipes:
SUMMER SQUASH SALAD SAUTE   for a printable version click here
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 ears of corn
2 green onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1 lemon
fresh basil
fresh Parmesan, shaved or shredded
olive oil
1 T butter
Cut squash into thin ribbons or discs.  Chop green onions and basil.  Cut corn off the cob and saute in butter.  Add garlic and squash and drizzle with olive oil. Stir in walnuts.  Cook over medium high, stirring, about 5-8 minutes, until veggies are soft.  Season and sprinkle with cheese and basil.  Cook 1 min to melt cheese slightly.  Serve.  Makes 3-4 servings.
2 STEP EASY PERFECT RIBS    for a printable version click here
Jamie Deen, the Food Network
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 racks St. Louis or baby back pork ribs (4 pounds)
Jamie’s BBQ Sauce, recipe followsPreheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Mix together the brown sugar, mustard, paprika, smoked paprika, black pepper and garlic salt together in a small bowl. Be sure to break up any lumps with your fingers. Reserve 1 tablespoon of rub in a small bowl for serving.Remove the silver skin from the underside of the ribs by sliding your fingers under the thin membrane and pulling it off. Repeat with the second rack. Rub the ribs with the seasoning on both sides. Place in a single layer in a large roasting pan and cover tightly with heavy-duty foil. Place the roasting pan into the oven and bake until the ribs are tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes.Preheat the grill to medium heat.Grill the ribs on each side for 15 minutes, watching and flipping when necessary, for 30 minutes total. Baste with Jamie’s BBQ Sauce the last 10 minutes. (The sauce goes on at the end because it is sugar based and you don’t want to burn your ribs.)Let the racks rest 5 minutes before slicing into individual ribs. Sprinkle the cut ribs with the reserved dry rub and serve along with extra sauce.
Jamie’s BBQ Sauce:1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups ketchup
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepperHeat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir until softened. Add the vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cayenne pepper and some salt and black pepper to the saucepan and simmer on medium-low heat until thickened, about 35 minutes. Yield: About 4 cups.I hope you have a wonderful weekend!DSC_9528

HHjr’s little boys sure enjoyed their watermelon while Dad was grilling!


Happy Father’s Day!


I’m sharing this with:

I’m joining some of these great parties this week:

the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY

Stone Gable for ON THE MENU MONDAY

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY


15 Responses to “Happy Father’s Day, A Manly Menu!”
  1. Mary says:

    Everyone eats well at your house Jenna! We are fans of pulled pork cooked low and slow and those ribs look delicious! I’m glad it’s almost watermelon season and see your little guys are too 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    Got room for one more? Great menu much like you find here. I have to try your squash recipe, it looks so yummy. Great post for Father’s Day, enjoy your weekend.

  3. Marigene says:

    The squash salad looks and sounds delish, Jenn. Cute little guys!

  4. lulu says:

    Kids are never around these days for Fathers Day so I try to do something a little special for the hubby. It’s a real safe bet he’ll like ribs and I love the sound of your salad, something new to do with squash.

  5. Amy says:

    Yes, my hubby would LOVE this! I pinned it for next year…PS – you were my “two before” on DebbieDoo’s Pinterest Party! I ‘ve been looking around your site – it’s great! I especially love the tablescapes, but I have a lot more looking to do!

  6. Sounds like a great meal! Love the squash recipe, I’m always looking for something different to do with it:@)

  7. Alris says:

    I love the summer squash salad saute, delicious…

    Cute little guys.

  8. You are good to your man and family. What a delicious looking meal. Thanks for recipes. Love the little ones. Great pictures.

  9. mlskidmore says:

    That looks seriously delicious! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  10. Miz Helen says:

    I just love your entire meal and can’t wait to try your delicious salad. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.
    Miz Helen

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