Slow Cooker Ribs

by Brittany Kirby on February 4, 2012

If you don’t have a menu for Superbowl Sunday, I have the main course for you! It’s easy, delicious, and cooks while you are watching the game (or just the Madonna half-time show, like me). I made these the other night and I think Ryan fell in love with me all over again. Seriously. The ribs were absolutely incredible. This was another recipe that I found on Pinterest. If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, you are missing out. It is a wonderful place to get inspired.

These ribs were so juicy and after 7 hours in the slow cooker, the meat was falling off the bone. I bought 2.5lbs of baby back ribs at Trader Joe’s (for a great price) and altered the measurements just a bit to accommodate. The measurements in parentheses are for the original recipe that used 6lbs of meat.

PS. To my friends who knew me in my Vegan days and are wondering if I have lost my mind…The meat cravings started during my pregnancy and I haven’t looked back. I think I am making up for lost time.

The recipe was first posted on the blog: Mmm…is for Mommy

Easy Barbecued Ribs
1.5 tbsp sweet paprika (3tbsp)
1 tbsp light brown sugar, lightly packed (2 tbsp)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (1/4 tsp)
S&P to taste (about 1 tsp each is what I used)
2 lbs pork (baby) back ribs (6 lbs) – leave the membrane on the ribs to help hold them together
1 cup barbecue sauce (3 cups)
Vegetable Spray

 

In a small bowl, mix together paprika, brown sugar, cayenne and S&P.  Rub this mixture all over both sides of your ribs well.

Arrange ribs in the slow cooker by standing them up against the wall of the stoneware pot, thicker side down and meaty side against the pot.  Pour barbecue sauce over the ribs, cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low (I did 7 hours and they were perfect).

Now comes the only stove/oven work involved, we need to reduce the sauce and then brown the ribs under the broiler. These steps are what turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, so don’t you dare skip them even if your ribs already look pretty good. Once the initial slow cooking is done, very carefully (as they are tennnnderrrrr) remove the ribs to a baking pan which you have lined with foil and put a rack on (like in my photo collage), bone side up.  Set to the side.  Skim any fat that has risen to the top and strain all of the remaining juices from the slow cooker through a mesh strainer into a small saucepan.  Bring to boil and allow to simmer and reduce by about a third, approximately 15 minutes.  Put your oven’s broiler on to heat up and make sure that there is an oven rack about 10 inches below the broiler element.  When the broiler is preheated, brush the ribs with sauce and broil for 3 or 4 minutes.  Take them out and very carefully flip them over, brush with sauce and broil again, meat side up, for approximately 9 minutes, taking them out once or twice (I did only once because I forgot) to baste with more sauce.

Serve any remaining sauce on the side with the ribs.

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