Thank You to Our Troops Past and Present

For Memorial Day, we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and preserve our freedom and our families. We also want to acknowledge the occasion to express our deep appreciation to our active duty military families for their dedication and commitment as well. The scary truth is that everyone of these families are on standby to deploy and face the danger of that same sacrifice, if they are not already in harm’s way even as we celebrate this holiday.

As Americans, we tend to assume that the protection of our country and our freedom is a given– an expected line of duty for those who opt for military service. But when the rigors of training, the worry of  harm and the separation from loved ones is wrapped around your life, you realize that military duty is a huge sacrifice and a very difficult path to follow.

E-Mealz has so many military families that are active duty or waiting for assignment. Through Facebook as well as in direct messages and emails to us, heart-warming messages come to us from around the world. Many of our military families also send us practical information such as how their commissary prices align with the selection and prices of our WalMart Menu Plans. We are so pleased to offer a resource to our military families that helps to maximize their salaries and focus attention on their home life.

So today, we want to say that we are blessed to be protected by our amazing military and honor you for all you do. Thank you and God bless you.

Captain Alex Serota reassuring a child after the storm hit Tuscaloosa, AL

Our local hero, Captain Alex Serota, husband to our own Elise and avid grill-master, agreed to share some of his special rib recipe secrets for the holiday.

Alex’s Baby Back Ribs


Baby back pork ribs (as many as you want to cook)
Large white onions (one onion per rack of ribs)
Apple Juice (enough to cover ribs)
BQ rib rub
Brown Sugar
BBQ sauce

1. Place ribs (bone side down) in shallow baking pan

2. Firmly add BBQ Rub to ribs ensuring all sides are covered

3. Smother ribs with REAL brown sugar

4. lightly pour apple juice over ribs (try not to wash off all brown sugar and bbq rub)

5. Cut onions in semi-thick (about 1/4 inch) slices.

6. Place onions directly on ribs (one onion per rack)

7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours

8. Cool to room temperature (still covered)

9. Place ribs on medium-high grill and cook until meat easily pulls off bone

10. Add BBQ sauce to taste.

Note: Just grill ribs bone side down, do not turn over. The ribs will be fall-off-the-bone tender.

Side options: serve with baked beans, mashed potatoes & slaw
OR grilled vegetables  and baked sweet potatoes

EASY & Delicious Crock Pot BBQ


6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken.

2. Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.

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