About a month ago, I was approached about becoming a Devo Diva which is a blogger who works with the Devo Olive Oil Co. featuring their amazing olive oils & vinegars in blog posts with original recipes. I was super excited to become apart of the Devo community because it would give me a reason to practice my cooking skills. I wasn’t really taught “how to cook” by anyone in my family and the dishes I cook today have been self taught and are based off dishes I ate when I was growing up. Sometimes, I like to experiment but I am not always sure where to start so having new cooking products to utilize gives me that extra push to jump outside of my box.
For the month of June, I received Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar, Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar and Caribbean Coconut White Balsamic Vinegar. To say that I was a bit intimated when I received my box and saw what was inside is an understatement. My initial reaction was…what the heck am I going to do with flavors like this? and how can I incorporate these flavors (or one of these flavors) into a recipe that is more than just a dressing on a salad? It took me a few days of pondering what I would do with the balsamic I had received and then it dawned on me: pork ribs covered in red apple balsamic vinegar! It sounded like a perfect pairing and one of the recommendations for red apple balsamic was to use it on pork.
And so, off I went with my idea in mind. I didn’t tell Alan what I was going to be cooking for dinner the night that I decided to put my idea into recipe form because I wanted to surprise him. We frequently eat pork ribs because they are quick and easy to make in the oven, and can be paired with just about anything. We generally eat them with a side of green beans or rice, or a salad. I thought I would change them up a bit by pairing the pork ribs with some of the Devo Olive Oil Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar, and to be honest I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out because when I use balsamics it is usually on a salad only! But without further adieu, my June recipe: Pork Ribs with Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar.
- 1 package of Country Style Boneless Pork Ribs
- Approx. 3 tbsp of Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Season pork ribs to taste with garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper.
- Generously bast ribs with Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar using a basting brush. Apply on both sides of the meat.
- Place ribs in a 13×9 glass baking dish or a dish large enough to fit pork.
- Cover with tin foil, and place in oven.
- Cook for 30 minutes (or until cooked through) at 400 degrees.
Of course, I was so hungry by the time that these were done cooking that I forgot to take a picture of finished product; next time I make them I will be sure to snap a picture and update this post!! I think that the ribs turned out really good, but I think next time I will add a bit more seasonings & balsamic to bring out the flavor a bit more. I could definitely taste the red apple flavor and it paired nicely with the pork; we ate these with a side of white rice & mushroom gravy. You can definitely season the pork with any other seasonings you enjoy; I always eye ball my seasonings unless I’m cooking specifically from a recipe, so I apologize that I am not more specific.
I can’t wait to try out the other two flavors I received…I haven’t yet figured out what to do with them! Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, if you decide to try out this recipe. The Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar is available via Devo Olive Oil Co. in bottles of 200mL ($12.95), 375mL ($17.95), and 750mL ($29.95). Be sure to check out Devo Olive Oil on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on product information and recipes!
Disclaimer: This post was written on behalf of Devo Olive Oil Co. as a Devo Diva. I received product samples of the balsamics mentioned above in order to write this review, no other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% my own.