Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cooking for a crowd: maple ribs, chicken...whatever!

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I've been making this dinner quite a bit this past year. It is simple and goes over well with the whole family. It is also very flexible. The recipe was originally for country style ribs but I recently made with chicken thighs. I'm guessing it would work with beef too.
Maple ribs, chicken...whatever!

Several pounds of whatever meat you want to use
1-2 cups maple syrup
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 chopped onion
2 tsp cinnamon (I never measure though)
1 tsp all spice (ditto)
1 tsp ginger (ditto again)

Put all of the meat in the crock pot. Mix all of the other ingredients together and pour over the meat. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Remove the juices from the crock pot and make a gravy out of it. See, isn't that easy?

I serve this with mashed sweet potatoes (coconut milk is great mixed in with these) and a salad. So simple, making mom happy. Dad loves the meat. The kids love how sweet the maple syrup makes this meal!


  1. Yum! I am going to try that. Thanks!

  2. I'll have to give your recipe a try (do you use real maple syrup?)

    My girlfriend just gave me a new programmable crock pot .

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

  3. Kimmie- Yes, I use real maple syrup. So far Costco has had the best prices I've seen on it.

  4. Your dinner looks so tasty!
    I like your blog. We are a family of 7 living in a 1248 sq. ft. home, but I do love this little house.

    The funny thing is, I think most families, at least those that I know of, live in larger homes with fewer people.


  5. Due to infertility, we have no children of our own, but I've spent my entire life around large families of various family members and friends, so I've gotten used to cooking for a crowd. I love maple flavors and this recipe sounds delicious!

  6. I'm hungry. Going grocery shopping later and I'm going to make sure all of the ingredients are on my list or already in my house. Making this one soon! Thanks for posting this one.

    I'd love it if you came over for a visit to see mine. :)