Feb 4: Burrito/Menudo; Smoked Pork Spare Ribs with Black Beans and Rice


A combination shopping and hardware store trip put us right past our favorite Mexican place on the way home, so that’s what we ate. Philip went for an Asada Burrito while Greg was more adventurous and went with their home-made menudo. Foodie Philip has tried to like menudo, but does not!

The average for lunch was $6.80.


With pork spare ribs in our freezer from the meat delivery, we thought we’d revisit the smoker and pair it with some black beans and rice. Although dried the black beans were cooked from dry┬áin the pressure cooker.

Word of warning. The recipe calls for way too much liquid. One quart (32 oz) is plenty. We ended up with a very thin soup, that needed some rapid boiling to reduce, and ultimately a little thickening. This killed the subtle orange flavor original present, so keep the liquid to half what’s recommended.

Even so, it makes at least six serves.

  • The pork spare ribs were a serve, although truth be told, Philip ate most of them were $9.82 or $4.91 per serve.
  • Black beans, $1.69 or 28c per serve
  • Chicken broth $1.59 or 27c per serve
  • The orange was 52c or 9c per serve
  • The sausage was $3.79 or 63c per serve
  • Basmati rice $1.69 and we used half tonight, or 43c per serve
  • Add 10c for onion and garlic, and other seasonings.

Dinner tonight cost $6.71 per serve, but wasn’t our best. The beans lost most of the flavorings and, while the ribs were tasty, they did not become tender in the smoking.

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