Enjoy ribs at any time of the year with this recipe for slow cooker ribs with homemade BBQ sauce! Slathered with this special homemade bbq sauce and slow cooked for hours, no one will be able to resist these ribs! And more than anything, it is so cool that one can make ribs in a slow cooker/crock pot and just do it ‘set-it-forget- it style!
‘I want my baby back, baby back, baby back….’ I’m pretty sure you can finish that jingle! BABY BACK RIBS! Everyone wants their baby back ribs, right?
But what happens with you don’t feel like dealing with lugging out and setting up the grill but still want ribs? Bust out the slow cooker my friends (and if you read my last post on 5 ingredient green beans and beef, you’ll know that my slow cooker/crock pot just broke, so I purchased this one so I could make this recipe again!)
It’s confession time…I’ve never made ribs before! Have I enjoyed eating ribs? Heck yeah! But have I ever ventured into the ‘making ribs’ world? No sirry! I always thought it was something I needed to leave to the masters.
Last year my husband went through a phase where he watched hours of this show called BBQ Pitmasters on Destination America. I’d come home and there would conveniently be a marathon on, so of course I had to watch too! I saw as all the pit masters try to find the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, savory, juicy, and create award winning bbq. It was fascinating! The passion they all shared for cooking meat was remarkable.
So when I received baby back ribs from Omaha Steaks to work with, I channeled my inner pit boss and came up with a recipe. I’m pleased to say I think this recipe will knock your socks off. Not knock your socks off in an ‘omg that’s so spicy’ way, but in an ‘omg this is bbq I can make at home?’ way.
All you do is make your homemade bbq sauce that you’ll slather on the ribs (this homemade bbq sauce is the bomb, it would be perfect over chicken or any other kind of pork), then you’ll line your slow cooker with aluminum foil and place your ribs in and let them cook. Come back in 6 hours, and you’ll have irresistible, delicious, fall off the bone ribs! The best part is the sauce can be made any time ahead of time, so if you have a few extra moments on the weekend and want to make the bbq sauce, all you then have to do is remove the sauce from the fridge, brush it on to the ribs, and you’re ready to go.
- 2 1lb package baby back ribs
- For the bbq sauce:
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 garlic clove smashed
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon molasses or maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- Line slow cooker with aluminum foil.
- In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the bbq sauce and whisk until well combined.
- With a brush slather the ribs generously with the sauce and place in the slow cooker. Turn heat to low, cook for 6 hours, coming back every 2 hours to brush on more sauce (I store the sauce in the refrigerator in between brushings. The meat should fall off the bone with poked with a fork. If it needs a little extra time, keep in the slow cooker for another ½ hour or until it falls apart.
- Remove from slow cooker and serve.
These ribs are just super scrumptious and can be made ‘set-it-forget’ it style to be ready in the evening after a long day.
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