Saturday, November 19, 2011

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs

I love barbecued ribs! I also love my veggies and especially enjoy a huge salad, but BBQ ribs, pulled barbecue and juicy hamburgers will probably keep me from ever becoming a vegetarian. I recently came across a recipe for barbecued ribs made all day in the slow cooker and finished in the oven under the broiler. The original recipe is from America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution Cookbook but it was modified a bit for my use. I had been waiting for pork ribs to go on sale so I could give it a try. Finally, as I was doing my Thanksgiving grocery shopping, I found a 3 lb package of ribs on sale.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs

1 1/2 Tbs paprika
1 Tbs light brown sugar, packed
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Mix the above ingredients together in a small bowl and rub on all sides of:
3 lbs country style pork ribs

Place the ribs in a large slow cooker with meaty side down. Then top with:
1 regular bottle (or 3 cups) barbecue sauce - your choice (I had Kraft original in my pantry so i just used that)
1 cup water

Cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. This took about 6 hours in my 7.5 quart slow cooker and were starting to fall apart when I transferred them to the pan. Transfer to foil lined baking sheets, baste with additional barbecue sauce (from the slow cooker) and broil until sauce bubbles and caramelizes. Turn the ribs, baste again and broil a second time. Remove from the oven and serve.

While the ribs are broiling, you can pour the extra sauce from the slow cooker into a small saucepan and reduce it by simmering it over low heat. We served it with the ribs.

I didn't hear ANY complaints from that dinner! It was very tasty!

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