Podcasts and Oven Roasted Pork Ribs

I have about a 35 commute to work and I go through phases on what I want to do on that commute.  There's real book phase where I actually check out a book from the library and read it old school.  There's kindle book phase where I read a book on the kindle or the kindle app on my phone.  And there's podcast phase where I try not to crack up laughing or break down crying listening to podcasts on my commute.  My favorite for laughing is 2 Dope Queens with Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.  They are hilarious and have funny comedians on.  My least favorite part is usually when they interview their special guest because I do not love their interview style but the rest is hilarious and pumps me up for the rest of my day.  

A favorite for laughing or crying is The Moth.  The Moth has true stories, told live and they can be about anything.  Most weeks have a theme and some are obviously better than others but it's usually good for a laugh or cry.  

I occasionally listen to Katie Curic's podcast where she interviews big names so I usually look at the titles to see which I like.  I enjoyed her interviews with Sheryl Sandberg and Dan Savage.

Another good one for laughing is Judge John Hodgman where comedian John Hodgman pretends to be a judge and decides pressing issues between two people.  Like whether a couple should require visitors to take off their shoes.  He's hilarious and it's good mindless entertainment.

Now for the food...

We have a subscription to a meat delivery service called Butcher Box which I will post more about at another time but they sent us some ribs and we had been waiting for a good time to try them.  Our meat loving friends came over on Friday but since we had to work we didn't have a lot of time to cook the ribs.  I ended up putting a rub on it which it sat with for about an hour then cooking it slowly for another hour and then turning it up for about 30 minutes.  They turned out great!


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (or regular chili powder)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

This is good for about 2 pounds of ribs.  Increase the recipe if you want more. 

Prepare the ribs.  Rinse the ribs in cold water and pat dry.  Pat the rub on the meaty part of the ribs and let it sit and come to room temperature for 10 minutes to 1 hour.  Cook ribs at 300F for an hour or longer, then increase heat to 400F for about 30 minutes.  If you like a little more saucy ribs you can pour your favorite BBQ sauce on when you increase the heat.  When done, cover with foil for 10 minutes or until ready to serve.  


I roasted some brussels sprouts tossed in salt, pepper and olive oil at the same time along with some apples (yes, we still have apples) and boiled some potatoes.   Dinner was complete!