This year I wanted to create a dinner for Halloween inspired by Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride and came up with this Haunted Mansion Ribs ‘n Sausages for our main dish. The Haunted Mansion has many skeletons throughout the ride. The one that I most remember is right at the start as you pass a casket with a skeleton trying to get out. This ride is so much fun and I wanted to incorporate as many elements from the ride in the meal as possible. This dish is a bit disturbing, which my husband pointed out as we were plating it, but isn’t that the point on Halloween!
I was inspired by a picture from Pinterest where someone had arranged ribs and smokies on a plate and added a skull dressed like a pirate. Seemed the perfect inspiration for this dish. I wanted to come up with a barbecue sauce for the ribs that would have a little heat and a lot of flavor. My house if full of onion and garlic lovers. You can even increase these if desired, I tend to keep them light due to negative affects they have on my system. The sauce is used for both the ribs and the sausages.
When the food has been cooked and is ready for serving, arrange the ribs as if they are the rib cage of our skeleton. Once the ribs have been placed, spoon the smokie sausages underneath to represent the “guts” of our dearly departed. Place a skeleton head just off the top of the platter, to make sure it doesn’t end up in the food, and you are ready to serve your guests.
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Haunted Mansion Ribs ‘n Sausages Recipe
Ribs and Sausages
- 6 pounds Seasoned Pork Ribs
- 48 oz Little Smokie Sausages
- ⅓ cup butter
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1½ cup brown sugar
- 1½ ketchup
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp dry mustard
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp red pepper
- 2 tsp chili paste
- Saute garlic in butter 4 to 5 minutes in a saucepan. Add ketchup and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
- BBQ for about 30 minutes, flipping as needed when they start to smoke.
- For the last 15 minutes, baste ribs in BBQ sauce and continue to cook and flip as needed, when they start to smoke. Total BBQ time is approximately 45 minutes.
- Heat sausages in a saucepan on the stove until hot, approximately 10 minutes.
- Pour BBQ sauce over the sausages and simmer until hot, approximately 5 minutes.
Inspired by Pinterest
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