Dinner Guests – BBQ Riblets

We had guests for dinner last night.

Our guests were two handsome young men in white shirts and ties.  It was hot yesterday so they didn’t have to wear their jackets.

Missionary Dinner

I love having these young men for dinner.  It is a way for me to “Pay it Forward”.  To show my gratitude for all the wonderful women who fed my two boys as they served as missionaries in Chile and Argentina.

It is a way I can say thank you to all the people who, even if they weren’t interested in the message they had to share, were kind to my boys, offered them a cold class of water or a bite to eat.

My husband always tells me I don’t have to go to so much work when the missionaries come – but I want to.

Last night we enjoyed some yummy fresh from the farm corn on the cob thanks to a friend at church whose family farm has a bumper crop!

I made a batch of 30 minute rolls.  They were yummy and really only took 30 minutes.  It is the second time I have made them this week and it is only Tuesday.  Recipe can be found over at Real Mom Kitchen.

30 minute rolls

We also had a fresh spinach salad and Pioneer Women’s Crash Hot Potatoes which have become  a family favorite.

Crash Hot Potatoes

And for dessert I tried out Pioneer Women’s Apple Dumplings.  I had seen them over at Real Mom Kitchen and Our Best Bites so I knew they had to be good and THEY WERE!  They were amazing!

I had decided that I was only going to eat one but I was weak – yes, so weak that I now have to go hiking all day today to burn off all those extra calories.

Apple Dumplings

A warm apple dumpling with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – it was perfection!

Apple Dumplings

I also did feed them some protein – so not to worry.

Dinner was a little messy and required some napkin bibs for those nice white shirts but they seemed to enjoy it!

Missionary Dinner

Using my mom’s barbecue sauce recipe we made BBQ riblets.  If you remember, I shared another BBQ rib recipe with you this summer.

Pork  riblets are a smaller rib (a riblet!) and cost less which helps on the budget right now!  I think the whole package which fed 5 of us plus some leftovers was only $6.00!  I get mine at Winco here in Portland.


I brown them in the oven first and then cover them with my mom’s sauce and then let them cook, basting every 20 minutes or so until they are nice and glazed and gooey.  It usually takes about 1 1/2 hours – depending on how large your pan is and how many riblets you have.

My riblet photos are not my best work but when you have two hungry dinner guests sitting at your table it’s hard to take a good picture!  I am sure these young men will be writing home to their mother this week about the weird woman who fed them and took pictures of all the food before they could eat it!!

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Dinner Guests – BBQ Riblets
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp Worstershire sauce
  • ¼ C vinegar (I used white)
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 small can of water
  • ¼ C ketchup
  1. Mix sauce ingredients together
  2. Place ribs in pan and brown in oven at 450 for 15 minutes
  3. Turn the oven down to 350 (don't forget!)
  4. Pour sauce over ribs and bake at 350 for 1½ hours or until ribs are glazed and gooey!
  5. Turn and baste every 20-30 minutes
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    We love the crash hot potatoes & the apple dumplings (I can never have just one!). The riblets look amazing. Keep the budget-friendly spreads coming. We’re having company this weekend and I’m wanting to have some fabulous meals without blowing my grocery budget. :)

  2. Rhonda says

    Leigh Anne, this looks so, so very good. The BBQ recipe looks easy too. I am going to try it. I am always finding incredible recipes on your blog. Thanks for sharing your mother’s special sauce.

  3. Tracy says

    Lovely dinner! What a blessing to have such wonderful dinner guests, thank you for feeding them. I was just looking at the 10 cans of tomato sauce in my pantry and wondering what to do with them. Instead of packing them up to send to grandma’s house, I think I’ll keep them and make some BBQ sauce! Thanks so much for sharing this post. We too are lovers of PW’s Crash Hot Potatoes.

  4. says

    Wow Leigh Anne, that looks like one fantastic meal! I am sure the boys loved it! If I ever make it to Portland, can I come over for dinner one night too???

    The riblets look delicious! Being southern, I love a good BBQ recipe! I am going to try out the Crash Hot Potatoes this week for sure — I have been on a baked potato kick lately (Yukon Gold is my absolute fav!) and I bet these will be my newest addiction! Pioneer Woman always has such awesome recipes!!! I will have to try the Apple Dumplings one of these days too, but since I am trying to lose some weight, I guess I’ll have to wait a litte while — I know I would eat more than one!!! :o)

  5. Tamara says

    Yum! Yum! Thanks for sharing all these amazing recipes. Each one is printed off and in the “to try” file. Have a great day! THANKS for feeding the missionaries. . . . .

  6. says

    Those boys’ moms should read your blog. Then they’d not only get to see their boys, but they’d get some good recipes too! May you receive extra blessings for continuing to feed the Lord’s servants especially while Jim is jobless.

  7. Valerie H. says

    I love’d seeing the missionaries at your house! What a nice meal you prepared for them. Our missionaries are having dinner at our house tonight. I showed my husband the comment that your husband made about not having to go to so much trouble for the dinner menu. We laughed because Steve says the exact same thing to me. These young men give up two years of their lives to serve the Lord. The least I can do is feed them a nice meal. Our son, Adam just came home from his mission in the Nevada, Las Vegas West Mission. Our youngest son, Kyle is ready to leave for his mission to Manchester, England on the 15th
    of Oct. (a few more weeks). Can’t wait to hear of his adventures there.

  8. says

    mmm, corn, ribs, sauce AND rolls & apple dumplings?? seriously, my mouth is watering…i’ve never seen riblets available in our area but now i am SURE to look for some next time i’m out shopping – yum!! thx for sharing the recipes!

  9. says

    I tried out the yeast rolls this week. Those are dangerous to have around the house so quickly. I did make them much too big (only 8 instead of 12) so they were a bit dense heavy. But still how can you pass up yeast rolls with no rising? Thanks for sharing the link.

  10. amanda says

    That BBQ sound great! Its going on next weeks menu.
    I go all out for the missionaries too! My husband says “aw their tough, don’t spoil ’em!” But I remember not so long ago he was starving in an area that couldn’t or wouldn’t feed the missionaries. haha
    We have 4 of them at least twice a month and tell them to call if they’re hungry. We love having them over. I figure I’m ‘feeding the bank’ instead of paying forward. If I can feed 4 missionaries twice a month for the next 17 years, our sons will get the same in return PLUS the benefit of seeing elders in our home and getting them excited about serving too! :)

  11. Linda M says

    The bbq ribs look great! I made the rolls tonight and they were a big hit with Stan! We also love the PW Crash potatoes :).

    thanks for all you do Leigh Anne~

  12. amanda says

    Your BBQ sauce is delicious! I served it on ribs, and last night I used it again and added a dash of smoke flavoring-for a crockpot pulled pork recipe. I’ll never go back to a bottled sauce. Thanks!

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