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}
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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

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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.
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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!
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Sprinkle with some reserved rub and serve with extra sauce
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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
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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.
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Toss in walnuts and basil and serve.  This is such an easy, tasty summer side dish!
Here are the recipes:


Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 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
  • S&P


  • 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.
Keyword sauteed squash, squash salad, stir fry squash, summer squash


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours


  • 1/3-1/2 rack rack baby back ribs per person
  • BBQ sauce
  • S&P
  • foil


  • Season ribs on both sides and slather with sauce.
  • Wrap in foil and place meaty side up in a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Cook in slow oven, at 275 degrees for 3-4 hours, or 300 degree oven for 2-3 hours.
  • Just before serving open the foil and broil the meaty side of the ribs until sauce crisps up and gets a little crusty. This is a matter of preference, oftentimes we just skip this step and eat them!

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 fresh ground black pepper


  • Heat 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.

Have a great weekend!

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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