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I just love weekends. Don’t you? No early rising to a frenzy of preparing breakfast for the girls, racking my brain on what lunch to send them to school with, making sure they have matching socks, brushed hair, packed school bags, appropriate gear to walk out the door with, not to mention rushing them out the door to ensure they are not late for school. And as the day goes on, what to make for dinner so that everyone will be happy, homework…more homework! I seem to be doing more homework now than I did when I was in school. How can that be? And then there’s bath time, reading time, bedtime… Come 5:00 o’clock on Friday evening, I am DONE! Done as in, “I am off the clock”! Lucky for me, hubby enjoys cooking. Hence another reason to love the weekend. Hubby does the cooking!

Ages ago, he got this fantastic rib recipe from his mum. There’s a famous rib restaurant here in Montreal that’s been around forever and I assure you that these ribs are way better than those. Finger-lick’n better!

Baby-Back Ribs

2 kilograms baby-back pork ribs, parboiled

2 cups/500 ml of unsweetened apple sauce

4 cups of brown sugar

1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

4-6 garlic cloves, minced

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In a medium saucepan, mix all of the ingredients except ribs. Over medium heat, bring the sauce to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes. Place the parboiled ribs in an oven dish or pan and pour the sauce over the ribs. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, turning over once and brushing the other side with the sauce.

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Bake in a 350 degree F/180 C oven for 45 minutes. Turn ribs over and spoon or bush some sauce over the ribs. Continue baking for another 45 minutes. You can bake the ribs a little longer, up to an hour after you’ve turned them over. This will only allow for the meat to come right off the bone. Slather some of the remaining sauce over the ribs and squeeze some fresh lemon juice over them when serving. You can serve them as my hubby did, with home-made oven fries and coleslaw. And be prepared to eat like a caveman, or cavewoman, and lick those fingers clean!

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