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I have alot of favorite recipes that I don’t make often enough because I dread cleaning up after the mess it makes. Crock pots are at the top of the list closely followed by indoor grills that don’t go in the dishwasher. I rely heavily on my dishwasher for cleaning most of the pots and pans, but there’s always something that has to be hand washed. I’m a big user of electric frying pans, crock pots and pretty much anything that cooks with an electrical cord attached to it. Cleaning these types of small appliances have always been tricky, but I really simplified the process using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths.
It’s basically as if a dish cloth and a kitchen sponge had a baby. It boasts the scrubbing power of a kitchen sponge to really clean, and it can also dry them too – which is why you probably get 2 to a pack.
Sometimes cooking a favorite recipe can make such an epic mess of your cookware that it requires overnight soaking in warm soapy water before you can tackle it. I’ve shredded many kitchen sponges trying to scrub off cooking residue that’s left behind! Impossible messes that like are the first thing that come to mind when I’m considering cooking a really good (but really messy) meal.
Recently for the 4th weekend, I decided to make my sweet, sticky ribs in the crock pot. The family was happy and it was positively delicious, but I was left with a caramelized ring around the inside of my crock pot. Ugh.
So as usual, I squirted some dish soap and ran the faucet for super-hot scalding water to soak it. I let it sit while I loaded up the rest of the dishes in the dish washer and cleaned up the kitchen. I thought I was going to let it sit overnight, but I decided to try the new 2 pack of Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths that I discovered at Walmart for just $4.98. They come in 3 colors – tan, coral, navy AND there’s a coupon going on right now for 1$ off – be sure to look closely at the packaging for the peel-off sticker.
I decided to use one of my new dish cloths and I was pleasantly surprised! I simply LOVE that they are so durable & re-usable!
After some gentle scrubbing with the powerful scrubbing dots, the mess was washed away and it was squeaky clean again!
So here’s the recipe for those sweet, sticky ribs…
Mix together in a saucepan:
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 6 tbs lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Bring to a gentle boil while mixing on the stove then remove from the heat. I let mine cool on the stove while I sliced the ribs into sections so it would better fit in the crock pot.
Pour in 1/2 of the rib mixture into the crock pot and set the rest aside for later. Next, add in the ribs and use tongs to coat each one in the sauce. Cover, set to low & cook for 8 hours. I used some of that extra leftover sauce to pour over the cooked ribs… MmMmm!
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