I'm a big fan of ribs...specifically fall-off-the-bone, unmistakably tender ribs that are loaded with flavor. I was honestly always terrified of making ribs because they can go so many different ways. I've tasted the good, the bad and the ugly and the pressure of getting ribs right was just too much for me!
Not to mention, my Dad and Aunt are BBQ rib masters which of course just added to my anxiety but I knew that one day I was going to have to just suck it up and give it a go. The bf was due home from a business trip one evening so earlier that day I pushed my perfectionist thoughts aside, made a quick trip to the grocery store, said a little prayer and whipped out my Slow-Cooker.
The results were just BEYOND(!!!!)...I completely blew myself away and still dub this my proudest cooking moment! It's a great feeling to know that I can now make the best ribs I have ever tasted (and all that have tried them agree)! Since expressing how fantastic these ribs are can only go so far, I had to share the recipe with you guys...it's simple, foolproof and guaranteed to impress!
The Amazing Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 4.5 hours (high setting), 8.5 hours (low setting)
Here's what you need:
Large Slow-Cooker (Oval shape works best)
3 1/2 lbs Pork Baby Back Ribs (feeds about 3 avg people)
16oz. Barbecue Sauce (I LOVE Jardine's Carolina Midland Mustard BBQ Sauce)
For the Rub:
2 Tbsp Paprika
1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar (lightly packed)
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp each of Salt and Pepper
Prep: Lay the ribs out on a large piece of foil or parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the rub and mix together.
1. Rub the spice mixture all over both sides of the ribs.
2. Place the rib slabs into the slow-cooker. Arrange them so they are standing against the wall of the cooker, thicker part of the rib on the bottom and meaty side touching the pot.
3. Pour barbecue sauce over the ribs, making sure to cover all sides (a small pool of sauce will gather in the pot which we will use in another step) . Cover and cook either on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 7 hours.
You might think the ribs are done now...but they're not! Make sure you follow through with the next step as this is what takes your ribs to the next level!!
4. Once the ribs are finished cooking, line a baking pan with foil and very carefully remove the ribs from the slow-cooker laying them out on the pan bone side up and put to the side (they are VERY tender so take extra care). Preheat the broiler on your oven.
5. In the slow-cooker, skim any fat that has risen to the top of the sauce and discard. Pour the remaining sauce into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow the sauce to simmer and reduce (about 15 mins).
6. Once the sauce has reduced in the pan, brush or pour 1/3 of it over the ribs and broil for 3 mins.
7. Remove the ribs from the broiler and carefully turn them over. Use another 1/3 of the sauce to baste the ribs meat side up and place in broiler for an additional 4 mins.
8. Repeat step 7 with the remaining sauce and broil again for 3 mins.
Serve immediately...love forever