i thought i would be done with my crock pot for the summer. eating stews and slow cooked hot meals when it’s 90 degrees outside (and i have been running after 2 kids all day) doesn’t really excite me, but the other day i picked up some ribs…

we love ribs here, how could you not. when we cook ribs we cook them all day in the oven, which only happens on the weekend because we are around long enough to sit there and wait. not anymore however. having 2 kids under the age of 5 who want to go to the pool, have birthday parties, soccer, baseball, whatever it might be, doesn’t allow us the time that would allow for this to happen.

so when i picked the ribs up, i thought, what about my crock pot? i can do the same thing in the oven i cold do with it and my house wouldn’t be hot and i could use my bbq to finish them off. i grabbed my new friend, the art of slow cooking, when i got home and checked to see if there was a rib recipe. i was in luck.

although i altered the recipe, the method still worked. i quickly browned them in the broiler, stuck them in the crock pot with homemade bbq sauce, set it on high and took the kids to the pool for 3 hours. when we got home, i turned on the bbq, gave it a few minutes to heat up, and then grilled them. perfect perfect ribs. this was a great method, when i slow cook ribs again, this is the way i would do it. if you don’t have a crock pot go out and get one. you will not be disappointed.

{crock pot} slow cooked bbq ribs

for the meat:

  • i used baby back ribs about a pound and a half

for the bbq sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 3 tbl mustard (not the hot dog kind)
  • 3 tbl honey
  • 4 tbl brown sugar
  • 3 tbl apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of hot sauce
  • half a chipotle pepper
  1. turn your broiler. in the meantime, prepare your ribs. sprinkle with a touch of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. brown your ribs, about 4 minutes on each side and then place in your crock pot.
  2. while the ribs are browning, whisk together the bbq sauce ingredients.
  3. pour sauce on top of ribs and cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4.
  4. the ribs become soft and soaks up all the bbq sauce. to give it something a little extra, i cut them up and placed them on the grill for about 2 minutes on each side. put them back in the crock pot to coat with extra sauce and left them there until we were ready to eat on warm.

best ribs i have ever made. crisp from the grill but soft and fall of the bone good from the crock pot.


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