Susan Spess Shay

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Ummm! Baby-Back Ribs


If you’ve never read Marilyn Pappano, you have a real treat waiting for you. She is truly one the best writers out there . . . bar none!

Marilyn isn’t just the best when it comes to writing, she’s also a f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s cook. Her hubby is her right-hand man in the kitchen (and makes a burger to die for!) The two of them make some of the best food ever! My mouth is watering just thinking about some of the fantastic yummers I’ve enjoyed at their house.  

One year Marilyn gave me a book filled with their favorite dishes. She’d mentioned she was making one for her son, and I begged for one for Christmas. I got so much more than I bargained for. Wonderful, easy to follow recipes, a beautiful book, gorgeous pages.

Cookbook publishers should be beating her door down. But until they do, you can get some of her recipes over at .

It’s good stuff!

Marilyn’s Baby-Back Ribs are so good. G-Man likes them so much he gets hungry for them and fixes them himself every now and then. <g>

1 rack baby-back ribs
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
brown sugar
2 medium onions, quartered
barbecue sauce

Rinse and dry ribs. Preheat oven to 375. Place ribs on a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Coat heavily with paprika, then with brown sugar. Add onions; fold foil over tightly. Bake for 45 minutes for 1 hour.

Remove ribs and onions to foil-lined baking pan. Coat well with barbecue sauce. Broil at 400 for 10-15 minutes, or until sauce is thick and bubbly.

Serve with plenty of napkins!

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

10 thoughts on “Ummm! Baby-Back Ribs

  1. Yumm! Thanks for the kind words . . . for making my mouth water this early in the morning for ribs! I haven’t fixed them in a long time, but now I need to.

    I take it as a compliment that G. will fix them for himself. Cool!

  2. Thanks Susan, I think everyone now is gone to buy ribs!

    • I don’t know how Marilyn came up with that recipe, but it’s the best stuff ever. I need Bob to give me his burger recipe. I’m hungry for them!!!

      • A great dislike for the smoke flavor when I fixed ribs in the smoker, and browsing through a bunch of recipes for rubs — that’s how I got there.

        I’ll have to ask him about the burgers. I’m pretty sure he used ground sirloin, but beyond that . . .

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