I hate being indoors during the summer, I’m always trying to find ways to be outside. The sunshine on my skin and being surrounded by nature is a constant dose of happiness for me. I usually convince my husband to go play tennis, go on a hike or walk, etc. But I still can’t get enough, so what better way of getting more outdoor time than to eat outside? Instead of being just a meal, picnics are a fun date night or activity for the family. It’s a nice way to be outside in the evening even if you don’t have a lot of energy to do outdoor activities. We usually take a game to play after the meal or just lay back on our blanket and talk.
One of the only things that might deter people from doing picnics more often is feeling like they are confined to the usual sandwich, snack pack, picnic foods. However, you can honestly take most meals to the park! I know it might seem like it would get messy, but the outdoors is actually a great place to take a messy meal because you don’t have to clean up the carpet or your table afterward. If you have an especially messy meal you can get an inexpensive plastic table cloth and use that as your picnic blanket for your family. For our picnic over the weekend, we had boneless bbq ribs, orange avocado salad and parmesan rolls. (See below for rib recipe.)
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Crockpot Boneless BBQ Ribs
2.5-3 Lbs Boneless Pork Country Style Ribs
1 C BBQ Sauce
1 Clove Garlic (minced-I use the fresh minced kind from the jar you can buy in the produce section)
1/8-1/4 C Brown Sugar (depending on how sweet your BBQ sauce is already)
1/2 C Apple Juice
Salt & Pepper
Salt, pepper and season meat by rubbing spices onto the top and bottom. Pour apple juice into the crockpot and mix brown sugar and garlic into the juice in the bottom. Then place meat inside (each piece flat on the bottom and not stacked). Finally, coat the meat heavily with BBQ sauce. Cook in crockpot for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low.