SNOWTHUNDER ~ amazing ~ snowing with zero visibility while thunder boomed and lightening lit the sky!  Not to mention the howling wind all Tuesday into yesterday noon.  And then to see mountains of snow from the drifting!

Our driveway finally got plowed out from 5-6 foot snow drifts last night at 7:00 p.m.  They do a great job of clearing the roads here but this storm was just a bit too much.  The roads here and in the surrounding counties were closed and some still are this morning.   

Northbound Lake Shore Drive in Chicago was a nightmare.  Hundreds of motorists were stranded for 12 hours after several accidents on the beautiful stretch of highway right in the city.  Many cars were almost buried and snowmobiles arrived to rescue stranded people.  It was a bad day to be on Lake Shore Drive or anywhere around here for that matter.  

Lake Shore Drive

There is a lot to discuss with this blizzard and is one we won’t be forgetting soon.  It was the third-largest snowfall in Chicago history and I hope when the next one hits Bill and I will be somewhere warm and sunny! 

It looks peaceful, calm and sunny out there this morning but now the bitter cold has returned --- it is 4 degrees below with the wind chill being 8 below and sunny as I write this but at least it’s not snowing!

This incredible weather demanded incredibly delicious barbecued ribs for our dinner.  The simple pleasure of eating ribs that fall right off the bone starts with a zesty blend of seasonings, barbecue sauce and a jar of honey mustard.  Then it is all simmered in a slow cooker.  It makes a fall off the bone pork dinner that is hard to beat.

This Better Homes and Gardens recipe is good just as is but I think it would be good also if you like a spicier version, to add red pepper flakes and some Cajun seasoning, maybe cider vinegar also.  So the ribs can be mild or very spicy depending upon your taste.  

Honey-Mustard Barbecue Pork Ribs


3½ pounds boneless pork country-style ribs
1 large onion, sliced
1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
1 (8-ounce) jar honey mustard
2 teaspoons zesty grill seasoning blend


Place ribs in a 4-quart slow cooker.
Arrange onion over ribs.
In a small bowl, combine barbecue sauce, mustard and seasoning blend.
Pour over ribs.
Stir to coat.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8-10 hours on on high-heat setting for 4-5 hours.
Transfer ribs to a serving platter.
Strain sauce and skim off fat.
Drizzle some of the sauce over the ribs and pass remaining sauce. 


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes and cookbook giveaway!


  1. Pam,
    I'm in Southern IN and it was bad but NOTHING like what you got! Oh my! Scary stuff! Thanks for the ribs recipe. I might have to try that. I don't like ribs because I don't like to be barberic and gnaw them off of the bone...but if the meet just falls off, that is another matter!
    Warm Hoosier Hugs to you, Cheryl

  2. Wow!!! What a storm....and that is coming from an old Michigander! Glad that I missed it and it is still too cold here in East Tennessee. Keep warm and let's all hope for an early spring.

  3. I can't even imagine what it's like being in all that snow and cold. Lucky you have your delicious ribs to keep you warm from the inside out.

  4. So glad that we both kept our electricity on, so eating yummy food helped us through this crazy blizzard. I haven't ventured out yet today to see how things are. Glad you guys are ok.

    This recipe looks great, storm or no storm.


  5. We were lucky to only get 10-12 inches at our house! Racine, Kenosha and Chicago really got blitzed. I can imagine being stuck in a car on Lake Shore Drive with that wind coming off the lake. It must have been awful.

    Great meal for a nasty night!

  6. Wow-those pictures bring back memories for me!!! I used to live in SD and we got snow like that almost every winter!! Your pork ribs sound really yummy and warm for your freezing weather:)

  7. Oops that looks like some snow storm. Hope your freezer is full! The pork ribs sound very yummy. Stay warm. Diane

  8. Oh my goodness Pam! Nick slipped and fellon the ice over Christmas here when we had our dose of snow and freezing temperatures! Take care and keep warm and safe.

  9. Wow Pam thanks for reminding why I left after 37 years! I hate snow, it doesnt even look nice in pictures. Amazing year the north is having, such horrible weather! May be our turn with hurricane season here, not sounding good at all. Stay warm, and most of all stay healthy... at least your eating right! These are perfect!

  10. Ok, I'm never whining again! YOU guys got it much worse than we did.
    The town closed up here, but I would think your entire state would have shut down. Only a good, tasty batch of ribs would have soothed the savage beasts stuck inside your household! Good thinking!

  11. Pam, All of those photos of the aftermath of the 5th largest snowstorm ever to hit the Chicago area are just further confirmation that we made a great move retiring down to East Tennessee! Chicago is a great big city, but other than some friends and a few restaurants, we don't miss it! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  12. Unbelievable!! I imagine the wonderful smell out of your kitchen all day made the outside reality a little easier to handle.

  13. Wow, now that is some crazy snow! And I thought we were getting it bad this year! It can be overwhelming!

    As for these Pork Ribs...I would say they seem the ONLY acceptable way to deal with such a storm! I love honey-mustard anything but especially pork ribs! AWESOME!!!!

  14. That does look like perfect rib weather. The snow looks pretty, although I like looking and it like this in photos rather than out my window. We had a nice warm night and slept with our windows open last night. It's been awhile.

    Ribs sound awesome! Stay warm!

  15. I like your phrase "at least it's not snowing". Stay safe.

    Your pork ribs look mighty good! Yummy!

  16. wow....what a snowstorm...i have never been in anything like that...sure looks pretty....and the rib dinner was perfect...


  17. Que plato tan delicioso, y esa nevada, uff que frio.


  18. Great ribs for the frightful weather outside! That was some snow storm! Stay warm.

  19. Thats amazing, i have never experienced snow like that before. Love the photos, Glad you are safe. How awful it must be to be stranded on the roads, i have two young children and can't imagine how horrible it would be.

  20. Pam, that is some crazy snowstorm and I remember seeing LakeShore Drive on the news the night before last...awful. I hope that you stay nice and cozy and keep the recipes coming... This one looks great.

  21. The pork looks real tasty and the one shot of the pristine snow is gorgeous. It's a shame everyone can't just pile up beside the fire and enjoy the view. This must be terrible for those who have to get out in it.

  22. You really got clobbered! What a great recipe to make while it's crazy winter outside! Hearty and homey!

  23. Ugh, I hate snow. We're at 2600' elevation so we really don't get that much snow, but the last couple of days we've had lows of minus 38 and minus 31! Your dish looks perfect for your weather!

  24. Those snow pics are incredible and we are even having an ice storm, tonight! But those ribs look mouthwatering GOOD! And I love the sauce and ease of the recipe, too.

  25. I sure don't miss the winter in the Midwest! It snowed yesterday here in New Mexico, but we only got an inch of snow. School was delayed by two hours, because of it.

    Great recipe for Super Bowl Sunday!

    Try to stay warm!

  26. Wow that snow is insane! The ribs look fabulous and I have to say your header is so pretty!

  27. Glad to hear you are doing okay. I saw Lake Shore Drive on the news and could not believe it. I thought we had it tough in Mass. Amazing pictures. Love the ribs they sounds great. Love that they go in a slow cooker. Definitely have to make these:)

  28. My daughter lives in Chicago and I've been getting regular updates on the weather. I can't even imagine that much snow. Chicago sure handles it better than we would here in the Northwest. Schools close down if we have even a forecast of snow.

  29. My son in Chicago loves it! (Of course, he doesn't have a car there in the city so he doesn't have to worry about driving in it.) He thought the thunder snow was cool. There was no snow here in va, but I'd love those ribs all the same. :)

  30. On a positive note, we didn't lose power!! Yesterday was spent digging out here. Alas, there was no delicious rib dish to warm us for dinner! Your recipe looks and sounds delicious.

    Surreal--Lakeshore Drive and thundersnow!


  31. Wow that is a tremendous amount of snow Pam. I can now why people would find themselves housebound and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

  32. Whosyergurl, glad you didn't get hit as hard! I so agree with you on the ribs, much better when they fall apart.

    Mr. Bill, I'm with you all the way on the spring thing. You definitely know what all this snow is about, being from MI!

    Lisa, it's about the boots, gloves, scarves and anything else that keeps you warm. Not a time to make a fashion statement!

    Glenda, yes and I hope all is well your way!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, yes! That had to be horrible to be stuck on LSD in all that snow! People are still trying to learn where their cars were towed.

    Holly, I can imagine snow like this a lot in SD! Bet you don't miss it!

    Diane, the markets were jam packed with people before the storm. I know because I was one of them.

    Sue, I hope Nick is fine now. It's definitely treacherous trying to walk in the snow, esp. when the wind is blowing hard.

    Claudia, this brought back memories for you for sure. Here's hoping you don't have to deal with hurricanes!

    Corgidogmama, glad you didn't get slammed like we did. Can't imagine your corgis going out in that! Some schools and business' are open today. The ribs were great!

    David, yes, that was a smart move on your part! This is the 3rd largest snow storm on recorded history and hope it's the last.

    Susan, yes, plenty of time to enjoy a good meal!

    Design Wine and Dine, crazy for sure! Yum to the honey mustard!

    Lyndsey, lucky you with the open windows! We'd freeze here. Have a good day!

    JG, thanks! Yes, glad there was no more snow.

    Kary, yes it was! A blizzard is not fun!

    jose manuel, gracias! Mucho frio aqui!

    Biren, frightful is the right word! Thanks!

    muppy, yes. I heard there was an infant in one of the stranded cars and several said they wondered if they were going to live through it. Very scary!

    Vee, thanks so much! It was a great meal for an incredible day!

    Big Dude, take it from me, it's no fun being out in it. Not only the snow but it's bone chilling cold out there now.

    Carol, clobbered for sure! Can't wait for spring to get here!

    Karen, can't imagine being that cold. But great that you don't have to deal with a lot of snow on top of the cold!

    Marguerite, I'd have to say an ice storm is the worst. The sauce made it a great pork dish! Thanks!

    Linda, this is the first time in 12 years that Chicago schools have closed. Out here by us, they seldom close too. I grew up in Louisville, 2" of snow and everything stopped so I was amazed when we moved here and schools, etc. were open when it snowed.

    Anne, thanks so much! Absolutely insane snow!

    Raina, thank you. It was quite a blizzard to say the least. Couldn't even see beyond our yard. Scary!!!

    Cathy, I'm sure your daughter has lots of stories to tell you. It is waaay too much snow!

    scrambledhenfruit, your son sounds adventurous. I know people who love it. A warm beach sounds great to me though. The thunder snow was incredible with all the lightening.

    From the Kitchen, yes you're right and I'm thankful for that. Surreal for sure! Keep warm!

    bellini valli, yes we were definitely house bound so might as well cook up a storm!

  33. Yikes! Hope you get some warm sunshine real soon! xoxo

  34. wow so sorry about the weather is hard to believe at least your food warms you up hugs Rebecca

  35. WOW lots of snow, good thing you have some warm yummy food to cozy up to :)

  36. Love the colour of the ribs! Thks for sharing the lovely recipe!

  37. OMG what a snow storm! HOlly crap! I love the ribs recipe and I wish here in Europe we would know what slow cooker is :( my US friends told me so much about it, but one can't get them here... Anyway, thanks a lot for kind words over Chef's Dennis blog :)

  38. Pam: Re your question about my "indoor garden". That's a vase of dried (midwest) "weeds" with three orange anemones (silk) that I just stuck in the vase for some color. I "harvested" those weeds years ago and love how they dried.


  39. Valerie, thanks! I hope so too! Hugs!

    Chow and Chatter, thanks and have a good day!

    Diane, you are so right! Thanks!

    Blackswan, thanks! They're good too!

    ladymorgiana, wish they were available by you. They make cooking care free. Great post with Chef Dennis!

    From the Kitchen, thanks for letting me know! They're really pretty as were all the plants!

  40. I saw a funny screen shot on Fail Blog where the news channel did a bad abbreviation so the title said something about "Drivers stranded for 5 hours on LSD" (Lake Shore).

    Stay warm and eat pork!

    ha! My word verification is "frozed"

  41. I can't believe all that snow! We got an inch in Austin on Friday, and they shut the whole town down! We are wimps down South. But I completely agree that weather like this requires some good cooking and eating! Your meat looks so tender and delicious. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. May your Sunday be one of peace and love.

  42. Chris, yes; it's referred to as LSD around here and I almost called it that in my post but had second thoughts. lol! Perfect word for the word verification! It's snowing like crazy here again this morning. More shovel time! Hope you have a great day!

    Monet, yes; I heard about the snow down your way. That's the way it was in Louisville---a couple of inches of snow and everything came to a stand-still. They are predicting 2"-3" snow for today again. Here's wishing you a wonderful Sunday and hope there's no more snow in the forecast for you. Hugs.

  43. I was feeling very cold looking at your snowy pictures, until the lovely warm ribs appeared - just perfect!

  44. lol! Glad the ribs warmed you up!

  45. The snow is just beautiful...so glad I'm seeing it in picture form though :) The ribs sounds mouth watering delish :)

  46. So much snow, i am tired of it to. Great pictures, though! I wanted to let you know I am sending you a Stylish Blogger Award. Take a peek at my blog, you can pick up your award if you want it!

  47. Julie, it is but I wish I was just seeing it in a pic also.

    egbkid, Me too!!! Thanks with the award!

  48. I have so been craving ribs and good old BBQ flavors lately. This looks divine! Thanks for sharing.

  49. I think I have to agree with Lyndsey. I prefer looking at it through photo rather than out of my window. The weather is getting worst. No doubt, our mother earth is terribly sick. Does it going to get any better? However, the ribs sounds great & should be something comforting for everyone. Stay warm & take care.
    Blessings, Kristy


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