Larry Is In the Kitchen Tonight

Every now and then I let my husband Larry into the kitchen too.  It’s pretty rare, but on occasion, it does happen.   He doesn’t really like to cook so much, but he does likes to grill and smoke things.  A few months ago, he “inherited” a smoker from one of his brothers when he replaced it for a new one.  We still have a few kinks to work out, but mostly things come out pretty good.  My biggest complaint with using the smoker is that things often come out dry and/or overcooked.  I admit, I do not even know how to use the smoker, so I am not to blame for this.  I much prefer to cook than to use either the smoker or grill.  The smoker and the grill is in Larry’s repertoire, not mine.

The other day when we had our Christmas party, Holiday Fun, while Larry was smoking the bacon wrapped turkey, he also added a rack of ribs that I had rubbed with a Cajun rub.  Larry was so proud of his ribs and how they turned out.

Larry is adding the last of the apple butter BBQ sauce to the ribs before putting them in the oven (I really don’t remember what ingredients I used to make the apple butter BBQ sauce, but I am sure I could easily replicate it when I need to).


Before putting the ribs into the oven.


After they came out of the oven.


Cajun Rub

2 TBSP Cajun spice rub

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 TBSP garlic

1 TBSP brown sugar


Mix everything together well and rub over your favorite meat.


Vinnie is carefully watching Daddy, hoping desperately that some will fall his way.


And dinner is served.  We had Cajun ribs with apple butter BBQ sauce, leftover mashed sweet potatoes, leftover Brussels sprouts slaw, and an herbed cheese bread with a red smooth, full bodied red blend to make the meal complete.






Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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